Monarchy: Succession

Justice written question – answered on 12th January 2009.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to amend those provisions of the Act of Settlement relating to the Royal Succession; and what recent representations he has received on the matter.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The Government have always stood firmly against discrimination in all its forms, including against Roman Catholics, and we will continue to do so. To bring about changes to the law on succession would be a complex undertaking involving amendment or repeal of a number of items of related legislation, as well as requiring the consent of legislatures of member nations of the Commonwealth. We are examining this complex area although there are no immediate plans to legislate.

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