Council of State (Isselmere-Nieland)
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The Council of State of Isselmere-Nieland is the seat of executive authority within the United Kingdom of Isselmere-Nieland. The Constitution Act, 1986 establishes the Sovereign-in-Council — that is, the Sovereign as acting on or with the advice of the Council of State — as the seat of executive authority within the Union. The Council scrutinises public bills before presentation to Parliament, grants authority to subordinate legislation arising from ministerial responsibility through orders-in-Council, and issues binding commands (orders of council) to the Government and people of Isselmere-Nieland.
The Council of State binds the legislative, executive, and judicial authority of the Union government with two further advisory bodies — the Council of Peers and the Privy Council — to counsel the Sovereign on matters of executive authority or other issues of royal prerogative.
- The Council of Ministers, the de facto government;
- The Council of Peers, advising the Sovereign on matters involving the nobility and knighted gentry;
- The General Council of Judicature, informing the Sovereign of judicial matters; and,
- The Privy Council, the Sovereign's private advisory body comprised of persons appointed by the Crown by royal prerogative.
Until the disestablishment of the Reformed Church of Isselmere on 5 December 2003, the Council of State comprised of a Temple Council as well, which was the General Assembly of the established church.
Organisationally, the Council of State is divided into four administrative sections that advise the government departments, an auditing section that oversees Government operations, a litigation section that oversees administrative law within the Union, and the Council's secretariat, which conducts reports and studies as well. These bodies are listed below:
- Administrative Section
- Ministry of Administrative Affairs
- Ministry of Finance
- Ministry of Government Services
- Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
- Development Section
- Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
- Ministry of the Environment (Agriculture, Environment, Fisheries and Oceans, Forests)
- Ministry of Infrastructure (Energy and Natural Resources, Housing and Urban Development, Transport)
- Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs
- Economic Section
- Cabinet Office
- Ministry of Defence
- Ministry of Economic Affairs (Commerce, Industry, and Public Works)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development
- Social Section
- Ministry of Culture and Communications
- Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (Health, Seniors, and Women)
- Ministry of the Interior
- Ministry for Social Development (Education, Labour, and Youth)
- Royal Court of Auditors
- Office of the Master (Mistress) of Rolls
- High Court of Administration
- Office of the Master (Mistress) of Requests
- Council of State Secretariat
- Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Council of State
Each administrative section is chaired by a vice-president of the Council of State selected by and from the members of that section. The Master (or Mistress) of Rolls, appointed by the Sovereign on and with the advice of the Auditor-General of Parliament and confirmed by a plenary session of the Council of State, presides over the Royal Court of Auditors. The Master (or Mistress) of Requests, selected by the Sovereign on and with the advice of the Lord Justice General, the Lord Advocate-General and the Solicitor-General of Isselmere-Nieland, presides over High Court of Administration.
The President of the Council of State is appointed by the Sovereign on and with the advice of the Prime Minister and is a member of Government. Typically, the President of the Council is the Prime Minister.
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