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Prime Minister written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of David Hamilton David Hamilton Opposition Assistant Whip (Commons)

To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 24 October 2011, Official Report, column 1WS, on the Cabinet Manual,

(1) whether he expects chapter two of the Cabinet Manual on Elections and Government Formation to have any legal status in the event of a future hung parliament;

(2) whether he plans to re-issue the Cabinet Manual (a) when relevant legislative changes are made, (b) when relevant changes to the machinery of Government are made, (c) when a significant EU treaty is signed and (d) on a regular calendar based timescale.

Photo of David Cameron David Cameron The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

As stated in the preface of the Cabinet Manual, it is not intended to be legally binding or to set issues in stone. We expect it to evolve in form and content over time.

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