Sovereignty of the UK Government?

Mr. Lewis made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Tŷ'r Cyffredin

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Yn disgwyl am adolygiad mewnol gan Tŷ'r Cyffredin o'u triniaeth o'r cais hwn.

Dear House of Commons,

Sovereignty of the UK Government ?

Under the FOIA I wish to know from whence the government obtains its authority ?

The principles upon which the government is supposed to rest and are constrained ?

Is Sovereignty itself subject to law or is it the source of the law ?

If sovereign powers are delegated to the agencies of government, does not the sovereignty itself remains with the people, by whom and for whom all government exists and acts ?

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Lewis

FOI Commons, Tŷ'r Cyffredin

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Lewis,

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 19 August 2015 which has
been submitted to the House of Commons twice and received by us on the
same date, which is copied below.

 

We will endeavour to respond to your request promptly but in any case
within 20 working days i.e. on or before 17 September 2015.

 

If you have any queries about your request, please use the request number
quoted in the subject line of this email.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sarah Price | IRIS Support Officer
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of
Commons

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FOI Commons, Tŷ'r Cyffredin

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Lewis,

 

 

Freedom of Information Request F15-423

 

Thank you for your request for information as copied below.  You asked a
number of questions about sovereignty of the UK Government, which we have
sought to address below.

 

1)  From whence [does] the Government obtains its authority ?

and

2)  The principles upon which the Government is supposed to rest and are
constrained ?

and

3)  Is sovereignty itself subject to law or is it the source of the law ?

and

4)  If sovereign powers are delegated to the agencies of Government, does
not the sovereignty itself remain with the people, by whom and for whom
all government exists and acts ?

 

The answers to all these questions are already in the public domain from
books obtainable from public libraries or book shops, and/or online
sources via a basic web search.  You may also direct questions on the law
and its interpretation to a solicitor, barrister or other suitably
qualified legal professional. Alternatively you may wish to consider
contacting Citizens Advice.  Contact details can be found at:
[1]https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/       

 

As the information you request is reasonably accessible to you otherwise
than under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 your FOI request is
refused. In refusing your request the House is applying the exemption set
out in section 21 (1) and (2) (a) of the FOI Act.  This is an absolute
exemption and the public interest test does not apply.

 

It may also help you to understand further the role of the House of
Commons.  This information includes the role of the House in relationship
to the Government, as well as how laws are made, and is available here:
[2]http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/.

 

You may, if dissatisfied with the handling of your request, complain to
the House of Commons. Alternatively, if you are dissatisfied with the
outcome of your request you may ask the House of Commons to conduct an
internal review of any decision regarding your request.  Complaints or
requests for internal review should be addressed to: Information Rights
and Information Security Service, Department of HR and Change, House of
Commons, London SW1A 0AA or [3][House of Commons request email].  Please ensure
that you specify the full reasons for your complaint or internal review
along with any arguments or points that you wish to make.

 

If you remain dissatisfied, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner
at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF,
[4]www.ico.gov.uk.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

         
Information Rights Manager
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of
Commons

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Dear House of Commons,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of House of Commons's handling of my FOI request 'Sovereignty of the UK Government?'.

Unfortunately after much study I can not find the answer in the public domain, which is why the questions were asked under the FOI Act.

Please review your answer , because you have failed to provide one.

It is my understanding that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II took an Oath to God and therefore is entrusted to look after the people , who delegates that duty to the UK Government etc.

If my understanding is incorrect please say so.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Lewis

FOI Commons, Tŷ'r Cyffredin

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Lewis,

 

 

Freedom of Information Request F15-423 Clarification

 

Thank you for further email as copied below. I was sorry to hear that you
were dissatisfied with our response to your original questions about
sovereignty of the UK Government, and hope you will permit me to clarify
our position below.

 

The House of Commons can only provide information that it holds, and we do
not hold recorded information regarding the sovereignty of the UK
Government.

 

The House of Commons is not the Government, rather it is a separate body
whose role includes debating and passing laws as well as examining, and
challenging the work of the Government. In addition, the House of Commons
does not interpret or enforce the law, that is the job of the Court
system.

 

The Cabinet Office is the corporate headquarters for government and has
the role of ensuring the effective running of government, so you may wish
to consider submitting your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 to them. Contact details can be found at:
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati....

 

The House holds information about parliamentary sovereignty which may be
of interest to you. This is available on our website here:
[2]http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/sover....

 

We are aware that there continues to be earnest legal and philosophical
debate over matters related to your pertinent and penetrating questions.
For example, the work of the Political and Constitutional Reform Select
Committee in the last Parliament grappled with some of these issues; this
is available to view here:
[3]http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa...
and here:
[4]http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa....
The following lecture by Paul Evans, Principal Clerk of the Table Office
may be of interest to you:

[5]http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/ou....

 

It may also help you to know that some of your concerns may well come up
in debate on the very next day when the House meets, for the report stage
of the European Union Referendum Bill. If you wish to follow the progress
of this Bill, the information is available here:
[6]http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2015...

 

I am sorry that my previous response failed to provide the answers that
you required and that I failed to make it clear that was because we do not
hold this information. I hope this response is more satisfactory and
helpful.

 

However, if you are still dissatisfied with the way your request has been
handled and would like us to carry out an internal review, please let me
know, specifying the full reasons for your complaint along with any
arguments or points that you wish to make.

 

If you remain dissatisfied, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner
at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF,
[7]www.ico.gov.uk.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Information Rights Manager
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of
Commons

 

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dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear FOI Commons,

The UK Government is supposed to be part of the House of Commons or are these two separate entities ?

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Lewis

FOI Commons, Tŷ'r Cyffredin

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Lewis,

 

 

Thank you for your email.  Further to our response to your FOI request
(our reference F15-423), you required clarification about whether the UK
Government is part of the House of Commons or are these two separate
entities.

 

As stated in our previous clarification of 3 September 2015, the House of
Commons is not the Government, rather it is a separate body whose role
includes debating and passing laws as well as examining, and challenging
the work of the Government.

 

This is publicly available information and further details on what
Parliament does, its role in UK politics, and its relationship with the
Government is available on our web pages here: 
[1]http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/role/.

 

We hope this resolves your queries.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

         
Information Rights Manager
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of
Commons

 

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Dear FOI Commons,

It is my understanding that the House of Commons also receives its source of power from the consent of the people in order that you can pose a challenge to the government, unless we are still living under a feudal system.

For the source of the government's authority can only come from the consent of the governed. This means that the government is not the ruler but the servant and has no rights except the rights delegated to it for a specific purpose.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Lewis