The Foundations of Public Law

Principles and Problems of Power in the British Constitution

by Keith Syrett

Update for Chapter 1: An introduction to the study of public law

This update was compiled in January 2013

p.14, n.17


While no significant further progress towards codifying the British constitution has been made, the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee of the House of Commons has been undertaking an inquiry into 'Mapping the path to codifying – or not codifying – the UK's Constitution' since September 2010. The First Minister of Wales has also spoken of the necessity of codifying the constitution 'to reflect the reality of a looser UK with multiple centres of democratic accountability':
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/welsh-politics/welsh-politics-news/2012/03/01/uk-needs-a-written-constitution-to-protect-wales-says-carwyn-jones-91466-30440943/#ixzz2HZU1cg39

A further development is the publication of the Cabinet Manual (Cabinet Office, 2011), a document which sets out in writing the main laws, rules and conventions relating to the conduct and operation of government. While this document is not intended to have legal effect and is unlikely to be enforceable in court, it can be argued that it is a further step on the road toward codification of the constitution. See especially Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, Constitutional Implications of the Cabinet Manual, HC 734 (2010-11), [41].