The Privy Council was Her Majesty's Privy [ or Private ] Council and is QUOTE that part of Her Majesty's Government which advises on the exercise of prerogative powers and certain functions assigned to The Queen and the Council by Act of Parliament. UNQUOTE. An explanation of the Privy Council, its powers and functions coming from a Marxist is at What's It For? - http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n20/martin-loughlin/whats-it-for. He manages not to notice the duty of loyalty to the Crown.
The Privy Council is one of the oldest parts of Government, but it has, over time, adapted to reflect the fact that the United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy. Appointment to the Privy Council is for life, but only Ministers of the democratically elected Government of the day participate in its policy work. The Ministerial head of the Privy Council Office is the President of the Council.
Each Minister sworn of the Privy Council swears an oath which binds him [ or even her ] to be loyal to the Crown and Britain. See Privy Council Oath. The last part of it reads -
You will to your uttermost bear Faith and Allegiance to the Queen’s Majesty; and will assist and defend all civil and temporal Jurisdictions, Pre-eminences, and Authorities, granted to Her Majesty and annexed to the Crown by Acts of Parliament, or otherwise, against all Foreign Princes, Persons, Prelates, States, or Potentates. And generally in all things you will do as a faithful and true Servant ought to do to Her Majesty
SO HELP YOU GOD
This is convincingly specific. Of course all Englishmen are bound by the law of England and that includes the Treason Act 1795
A list of Privy Counsellors is at
of current members of the Privy Council ex Wiki
and at http://www.privycouncil.gov.uk/output/Page76.asp - PCO
The Ministerial head of the Privy Council Office is the President of the Council. The Privy Council Office provides Secretariat services for the Privy Council (that part of Her Majesty's Government which advises on the exercise of prerogative powers and certain functions assigned to The Queen and the Council by Act of Parliament). Much of the day-to-day work of the Privy Council Office is concerned with the affairs of Chartered Bodies, the 400 or so institutions, charities and companies who are incorporated by Royal Charter. The Privy Council also has an important part to play in respect of certain statutory regulatory bodies covering a number of professions and in the world of higher education.
Another major function of the Privy Council, exercised through its Judicial Committee, is the provision of a final Court of Appeal for a number of Commonwealth countries who have chosen to retain it. The Judicial Committee also deals with appeals from medical and veterinary disciplinary bodies and in certain ecclesiastical cases. The Committee consists of Lords of Appeal in Ordinary and some senior commonwealth judges. The Judicial Committee is also responsible for considering devolution issues (that is questions of whether acts of the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are fully in accordance with the legislation which set them up).
The Privy Council Office also has
responsibility for the administration of the Office of the Leader of the House
of Commons, and his Deputy. Details can be found on the Office of the Leader of
the House of Commons website.
It has other less important functions. The Judicial Committee is the final Court of Appeal for some commonwealth countries
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