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Lord Laird (UUP)

To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Cabinet Manual does not include, in the section on the formation of a minority administration, guidance on the circumstances in which the incumbent Prime Minister would be advised to resign; what they understand "a clear alternative" to mean; and whether they will act to further clarify these areas of uncertainty.

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Lord McNally (Liberal Democrat)

The Cabinet Manual is not intended to cover every possible law, rule and convention which may affect the conduct and operation of Government, but seeks to set out in plain English those issues which the Government believe are most likely to be relevant to the operation of the executive. The content of the manual will evolve over time, and the current intention is to make periodic updates as and when appropriate.


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