The Guardian reported that Prince Charles has been offered a veto over 12 government bills since 2005.

By searching TheyWorkForYou (user friendly version of Hansard) I decided to start a list of all bills and measures for which consent was received (search results).

Consent from Prince Charles (in capacity as Duke of Cornwall etc)

  • Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc (Scotland) Bill -15 December 1999 (Scottish Parliament) (source)
  • Charities Bill – 8 November 2005
  • Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Bill – 14 January 2010
  • Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill – 19 November 2001
  • Commons Bill – 18 January 2006
  • Communications Bill – 8 July 2003
  • Company Law Reform Bill – 23 May 2006
  • Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill (14 July 2004)
  • Coroners and Justice Bill – 5 November 2009
  • Countryside and Rights of Way Bill – 23 November 2000
  • Crown Benefices (Parish Representatives) Measure – 13 January 2010
  • Energy Bill – 15 March 2011
  • Finance Bill 2004 – 20 July 2004
  • Gambling Bill – 6 April 2005
  • Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill – 18 November 2003)
  • Housing and Regeneration Bill – 17 July 2008
  • Hunting Bill – 15 November 2004
  • Land Registration Bill – 8 November 2001
  • Licensing Bill – 19 June 2003
  • Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill 29 April 2009
  • Localism Bill – 31 October 2011
  • London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Bill – 14 March 2006
  • Marine and Coastal Access Bill – 8 June 2009
  • Marine Navigation Aids Bill – 21 January 2011
  • Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill – 27 March 2006
  • Planning Bill – 18 November 2008
  • Powers of Entry etc. Bill – 6 April 2010
  • Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure – 29 October 1993
  • Railways and Transport Safety Bill – 3 July 2003
  • Retail Development Bill – 8 July 2008
  • Road Safety Bill – 10 January 2006
  • Sovereign Grant Bill – 3 October 2011
  • Trustee Bill – 29 June 2000
  • Water Bill – 9 July 2003
  • Wreck Removal Convention – (source: Duchy of Cornwall FOI request page, Parliament website)

Earlier cases of Prince’s consent

  • The West of England and South Wales Drainage Company Incorporation Bill 1848 (the earliest known per Kirkhope)

Cases where legislation specifically refers to Duchy of Cornwall but where consent was not required

  • the Duchy of Cornwall Acts passed in 1844 (per Kirkhope, this might suggest that the practice of requiring Prince’s consent was invented after 1843)

4 thoughts on “Bills and Measures where Prince’s consent was obtained

  1. It would be more correct to say ‘Duke’s consent’ as it is his rights, properties and privileges as Duke of Cornwall that give him this power. The title Prince of Wales offers no constitutional power and is purely honorary.

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  2. Interesting! Are there any bills where consent has been withheld, or where amendments have been requested and subsequently enacted?

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  3. “Are there any bills where consent has been withheld, or where amendments have been requested and subsequently enacted?”

    We have no way of knowing whether Prince Charles has threatened to withhold consent in order to get a bill altered by the Government of the day. There is one instance in relation to Iraq war where Queen’s consent was withheld on the advice of ministers.

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