Re: UK Privy Council
- From: Don Aitken <don-aitken@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 22:00:12 +0100
On 10 May 2006 12:31:49 -0700, mrelliottca@xxxxxxxx wrote:
Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 January 2006, 17:29 GMT
I found it on the BBC website
Privy Councillor's Oath
This is the oath taken on becoming a member of the Privy Council. It
has remained unchanged since about 1250.
"You will, in all things to be moved, treated and debated in Council,
faithfully and truly declare your Mind and Opinion, according to your
Heart and Conscience; and will keep secret all Matters committed and
revealed unto you, or that shall be treated of secretly in Council. And
if any of the said Treaties or Counsels shall touch any of the
Counsellors, you will not reveal it unto him but will keep the same
until such time as, by the consent of His (Her) Majesty, or the
Council, Publication shall be made thereof."
I'm not sure about that "unchanged"; it must at least have been
translated from the original French. The oddity, of course, is that
nothing is now "debated" in Council; in fact none of the members ever
speak. The theory seems to be that it covers meetings of committees of
the Council, and hence protects the proceedings of the Cabinet, but
this is doubtful, since the Cabinet is not a committee of the Council
(although it is a committee consisting of Councillors).
The wording of the oath itself was once regarded as secret; I believe
it was first published in the 1960s.
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