Chequers Estate Act 1917

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Chequers Estate Act 1917
Long title An Act to confirm and give effect to a deed of settlement relating to the Chequers Estate and other property and for purposes connected therewith.
Citation 1917 c.55 7 and 8 Geo V
Territorial extent England and Wales
Northern Ireland
Royal assent 20 December 1917
Other legislation
Amended by Chequers Estate Act 1958
Status: Amended
Text of statute as originally enacted
Text of the Chequers Estate Act 1917 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from

The Chequers Estate Act 1917 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that designates Chequers as the official country residence of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. It was given Royal Assent on 20 December 1917.

The Act was the first piece of legislation to recognise the existence of a Prime Minister even though the head of government had been referred to unofficially as "Prime Minister" since the early 18th century.[1][2]


  1. ^ Rozenberg, Joshua (3 June 1998). "UK Politics: Talking Politics - Conventions of the constitution". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  2. ^ Hennessy, Peter (2001) [2000]. The Prime Minister; The Office And Its Holders Since 1945. Penguin Group. p. 39. ISBN 0-14-028393-5. OCLC 47063414.