The Cabinet Manual – ‘by the executive, for the executive’?

Andrew Blick

Last December the government published in draft form a document known as the ‘Cabinet Manual’. It sets out to describe the laws, conventions and rules impinging upon the operation of the executive branch of the UK constitution.

The Cabinet Manual is not a written constitution – something which the UK lacks – although it does share some features with one. However, when the production of the manual was first announced by the then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown early last year, it was intended as a first step towards the possible codification of the UK constitution. This idea has since been dropped, but the Cabinet Manual project was kept on by the Coalition government. Continue reading