: Gary Holtzman wrote:
:> Don Aitken <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:>
:> > All cabinet ministers must be members. This accounts for the great
:> > majority.
:> > Membership is sometimes given to ministers outside the cabinet.
:> > It is given, fairly rarely, as a special honour to politicians outside
:> > the government, including the leaders of minor parties in the HoC
:> > (this is the one which accounts for Paisley).
:> What about the Leader of the Opposition and the leader of the Lib. Dems.? Are
:> they always PCs? They're the Right Honourable.
: You're right, along with the Anglican Archbishops (and the Bishop of
: London), the parliamentary leaders of the two main opposition parties
: are also by convention (there is nothing automatic about it in a legal
: sense) admitted to the Privy Council. As noted, the style of Rt Hon is
: used by other persons (e.g. Peers of the degree of Earl and below, and
: their wives and widows, various Lord Mayors & Provosts) but as such
: does not indicate membership of the Council.
The Attorney General is not in the Cabinet but is a PC as a rule
(more consistently than the various Ministers of State who get it);
perhaps the legal advice he gives the Cabinet is believed to be best
delivered "on Privy Council terms"?
Is the Secretary of the Cabinet a PC?
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