The 'Instrument of Government' (1653)

  • Created by: gemshort
  • Created on: 03-02-18 13:41

What did the 'Instrument of Goverment' include?

  • A Lord Protector with governmental powers, aided by a Council of State - the Council of State would select future Protectors, advise on policy and recruit its own members
  • Between Parliament's sittings, the Lord Protector and Council of State would legislate by ordinances - this limited the power of Parliament, who were unable to challenge ordinances
  • A single-chamber Parliament of 400 members to meet once every 3 years and sit for at least 5 months - regular elections would prevent the perpetuation of


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