Parliament Act of 1911

Parliament Act of 1911

Act passed in the British Parliament that deprived the House of Lords of its absolute power of veto on legislation. Proposed by a Liberal majority in the House of Commons, the act stated that any bill passed unchanged by the Commons in three separate sessions over two years could be presented for the royal assent (necessary for a bill to become law) without the Lords' consent. By subordinating the Lords to the Commons, the act was seen as another step in making the British Constitution more democratic.

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