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Book Title MCQ: Chapter 3: Sources of law

Chapter 3: Sources of law

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1. What is legislation?

This is a very important source of law in England and Wales

2. How many readings must a Bill have in the House of Commons and the House of Lords before it receives Royal Assent?

A Bill goes through a number of stages before it becomes an Act of Parliament

3. What is the Committee Stage in the passage of a Bill through the House of Commons?

A Bill goes through a number of stages before it becomes an Act of Parliament

4. How long can the House of Lords delay a Bill (except a Money Bill)?

The power of the House of Lords to delay a Bill has been gradually reduced

5. What is a Public Act?

Acts of Parliament can be categorised in different ways

6. What is meant by statutory interpretation?

A statute is another name for an Act of Parliament

7. What is meant by the purposive approach?

This is one of the approaches to statutory interpretation

8. What is the mischief rule?

This is a rule of statutory interpretation

9. What is the rule in Pepper v Hart?

This relates to extrinsic aids to the construction of a statute by the court

10. What is delegated legislation?

This differs from legislation passed by Parliament itself

11. Which of these is a disadvantage of delegated legislation?

Delegated legislation is not passed by Parliament itself

12. What is case law?

This is a very important source of law in England and Wales

13. What is the doctrine of stare decisis?

This is a fundamental concept underpinning the law of England and Wales

14. What is the ratio decidendi of a case?

This is the part of the case that is potentially binding on other courts

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