Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925
|Long title||An Act for the prevention of abuses in connection with the Grant of Honours.|
|Chapter||15 & 16 Geo. 5 c. 72|
|Introduced by||The Marquess of Salisbury|
|Territorial extent||United Kingdom|
|Royal Assent||7 August 1925|
|Commencement||7 August 1925|
|Related legislation||Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, Bribery Act 2010|
|Status: Current legislation|
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Official text of the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from the UK Statute Law Database|
The Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, that makes the sale of peerages or any other honours illegal. It was brought in after the Liberal Party government of David Lloyd George, (later 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor) was embroiled in a widespread and long-term sale of honours, for the personal financial gain of the Prime Minister, in a then-legal abuse of the Prime Minister's powers of patronage.
Only one person has ever been convicted under the Act —Maundy Gregory, Lloyd George's "honours broker", in 1933— whose same behaviour in 1918 was the main cause of the Act in the first place.
In March 2006, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that, following complaints by the Scottish National Party and others, they were investigating possible breaches of the Act. A total of £14 million in loans was given by wealthy individuals to Labour during the 2005 general election campaign and four of these men were subsequently nominated for Life Peerages. (see main article Cash for Honours)
- Short title as conferred by s. 2 of the Act; the modern convention for the citation of short titles omits the comma after the word "Act"
- Official text of the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from the UK Statute Law Database
- BBC News article about the announcement of the investigation
- Posting from the blog of BBC News political editor Nick Robinson about the Act and the possibility of prosecutions, 21 March 2006.
- Parliamentary briefing document on the awarding of Honours, September 2004 (PDF document)
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