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17.ЗАКОН УКРАЇНИ Про місцеве самоврядування в Україні


Unit 4.
Law and Order    

  Law and Order in Great Britain
Why do we need laws? We all depend on other people. Even those who live alone depend on others to provide them with heat, light and other services. They generally accept that these services can only be provided if they obey the rules and pay their bills. Those of us who live as part of a group, perhaps a family, find that we have to follow unwritten rules which tell us how we should behave towards the other members of our group. At the college your timetable provides one set of rules telling you which lesson you should be in at a given time. The fire regulations are a different set of rules which could save your life. As well as belonging to a group at home, college or work, we all belong to a national group and have to obey the national rules known as laws. How does the Parliament make Laws? Every year the Parliament passes about 100 Laws directly by making Acts of Parliament. The Parliament sometimes passes a very general law and leaves a minister to fill in the details. Using the powers given to them by the Parliament ministers become lawmakers themselves. No new law can be made by the Parliament unless it has completed a number of stages in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The Queen also has to sign a Bill to show that it has been given the Royal Assent (a formality). Only after the Royal Assent it becomes a new law or Act of Parliament. Before this it is called a Bill. Bills can begin in the House of Lords or the House of Commons, so they can pass through Parliament in one of two ways:

There are two main sorts of Bill:
Private Bill and Public Bill. Private Bills deal with local matters and individuals. Public Bills deal with matters of public importance. Important Bills are usually sponsored by the Government. One example of a Government Bill is the Sea Fish (Conservation) Bill of 1992—1993 which affects the amount of time that fishing boats may spend at sea. Although a rather old example, it illustrated well how a Government Bill became an Act of Parliament. This particular Bill was introduced into the Commons by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. This stage is called First Reading. It gives MPs notice that soon the Bill will be coming for discussion. The text is then printed and read by Members in time for the important Second Reading, Here the main purpose of the Bill is explained by the Minister of State responsible for fisheries, and the Bill is debated by the House. The House then votes to decide whether the Bill should continue its passage through Parliament. The Bill continues to its Committee Stage where eighteen Members from both Government and Opposition discuss it in detail, considering many possible changes (amendments). This is followed by Report Stage when the committee reports back to the rest of the House. At the Third Reading stage the House decided to pass the Bill as a whole. The Bill cannot be changed at this stage — it is either accepted or rejected. Once a Bill has passed its Third Reading in the Commons, one of the Clerks at the Table carries the Bill to the House of Lords. The House of Lords has the job of reviewing Bills received from the Commons. A different group of people can often see something in a completely different way. The House of Lords often makes changes to Commons Bills. Once both Houses of Parliament have passed a Bill, then it has to go to the Queen for the Royal Assent. After receiving the Royal Assent the Bill becomes an Act of Parliament. Even after an Act has received the Royal Assent, it may not come into force straight away. Word list to provide — забезпечувати rule — правило bill — законопроект to behave — діяти, поводитися to save — рятувати Act of Parliament — закон парламенту a lawmaker — законодавець Royal Assent — королівська санкція conservation — збереження First Reading — перше читання законопроекту в парламенті Second Reading — друге читання законопроекту в парламенті Committee Stage — парламентський пленум, який обговорює деталі законопроекту amendment — поправка (до законопроекту) Report Stage — доповідь про законопроект у парламенті перед третім читанням Third Reading — третє читання законопроекту в парламенті to accept — приймати to reject — відхиляти   Exercise  
1 Fill in the blanks.
1.  Every country has its own ... .  
2.  People must obey the national ... known as laws.
3.  Every year Parliament passes about 100 Laws directly by making ... .  
4.  A new law in the making is called a ... .
5.  Every Bill must complete certain ... in Parliament before it becomes a new law.  
6.  Important Bills are usually sponsored by the ... .  
7.  Bills can be introduced into the ... or ... .
8.  There are two main types of Bills — ... Bills and ... Bills.
9.  Once both Houses of Parliament have passed a Bill, then it has to go to the Queen for the       
10. Once a Bill has received the Royal Assent it becomes an ... . Exercise
2 Find words and expressions in the text which mean.  
1.  the approval by the British Sovereign of a Bill which has been passed by both Houses of Parliament;
2.  a proposed law- the preliminary version of an Act of Parliament;
3.  changes in a rule, document, law, etc.;  
4.  law or custom which guides or controls behaviour or action. Exercise
3 Answer the questions.  
1.  What is the difference between a Bill and an Act of Parliament?
2.  What two types of Bills do you know?
3.  What stages should a Bill complete to become an Act?
4.  What is the function of the House of Lords in making a law?
5.  Which of two Houses of Parliament has more power?
6.  When does a Bill become an Act of Parliament? Exercise
4 Complete the following text with the words and expressions from the box.

Both Houses of Parliament share opinions and reach their decisions by means of ... . Many hours are spent debating proposed ... . These debates can involve matters of ... and ... importance. Each year ... alone spends over 1,500 hours debating. Debates in the House of Commons are chaired by the ... . All speeches are addressed to the Chairman, the Speaker. When a Member finishes speaking, the Speaker decides who should speak next. Only one Member is allowed to stand and speak at any time. Members normally speak only once during a debate. There is a time limit on most debates — many debates have to end at 10.00 p.m. At the end of a debate the House of Commons decides if the motion should be ... or ... . If the debate were on the ... of a Bill the Speaker would say "The Question is that now the Bill is read a second time". He or she then invites the two sides to express their ... by saying "Yes" or "No". The Speaker listens while the two sides shout out "Yes" and "No". He or she will decide which side sounds more numerous and then say "I think the Ayes (or the Noes) have it". If the other side protests, then there has to be a proper     called a Division. Debates in ... are in many ways similar to those in the Commons. Many debates in the Lords, like those in the Commons, are concerned with the various stages of ... . In the first place there is the position of the ... . He is the Speaker of the House of Lords. From his special seat, known as the ... he presides over debates. Exercise
5 Give Ukrainian equivalents for the following words and expressions. -    debates; -    to share opinions; -    matters of national and international importance; -    to defeat; -    to agree; -    motion; -    to express one's opinion; -    a proper vote; -    division; -    to preside over debates. Exercise
6 Complete the following text by translating the words and expressions in brackets.
Once both Houses of Parliament have passed a (законопроект), then it has to go to the (королева) for the (королівська санкція). If she had been living 500 years ago, the Queen would have (підписувати) all Bills herself. She would also have gone in person to the (Палата лордів) to announce in Norman French whether she agreed to a Bill or wished (відхиляти) it. No (монархи) since the sixteenth century have signed Bills themselves. There are now two ways in which the Queen can assent to a Bill. Usually she signs what are known as Letters Patent which allow the two Houses (the Speaker of the House of Commons and (лорд-канцлер) to announce that the Queen has given her (санкція). The other method of giving the Royal Assent occurs about once a year. The Queen signs a document known as a Commission which commands certain (лорди), known as Royal Commissioners, to go to the House of Lords and let (члени) of both Houses know the Royal Assent has been given. The ceremony for Royal Assent by Commission is rather like the State Opening ceremony. Once a Bill has received the Royal Assent it becomes an (закон парламенту). A Bill usually takes several months to complete all its stages in (парламент). Exercise  
7 Work in pairs.
Imagine your friend is a Member of Parliament. Ask him about law-making process in Great Britain. Discuss the following questions. -  the functions of the Cabinet, the House of Commons, the House of Lords; -  the functions of the Queen. Use the following expressions.  
1.    As far as I know ...
2.    The thing is ...
3.    You see ...
4.    You know ...
5.    As a matter of fact ... Exercise
8 Answer the following questions.  
1.  What are the differences between the United Kingdom law-making process and your own in Ukraine?
2.  Are there significant similarities between the processes in the United Kingdom and in Ukraine?
3.  Are there any debates in the Parliament of your country? How are debates carried out in Ukrainian Parliament?  
Exercise 9
Read, translate and retell the text.
SENSATIONAL JEWEL ROBBERY $25,000 stolen There was a twenty-five thousand dollar jewel robbery on Elm Street last Tuesday. The thieves threw a rock through the window of Williston & Company and stole necklaces, rings and watches worth $25,000. Mr. William Wilston, the owner of the shop, was working in his office when it happened. The police are looking for three suspects. The thieves drove away in a stolen Toyota Celica. The police have not found the getaway car yet. Mr. Williston will give a reward of $1000 to anyone with information about the thieves. Get in touch with the local police station. Exercise 10 Tenses and verb forms In the following newspaper article put the verb in brackets in the correct tense or verb form. Sometimes you will also have to decide whether the verb is active or passive. Example I asked John to do (do) the shopping but he hasn't done (not do) it yet.. ART ROBBERY Paintings by Monet, Rembrandt, and Degas 
(a)______________ (steal) from the Boston Museum. Yesterday afternoon two thieves wearing police uniforms arrived at the museum and asked the guard
(b)_____________ (show) them Monet's paintings. They said that they 
(c)_________ (receive) a telephone call at the police station that morning telling them that the paintings were in danger. The guard immediately let them
(d)_________ (see) the paintings. The thieves told him 
(e)_________ (turn off) the alarm system and then suddenly they made him
(f)________ (lie) on the ground and they tied his arms and legs. They worked very quickly and carefully and when they  
(g)_______ (collect) the best paintings they
(h)_____________ (leave) the museum quickly and calmly through the front door. The director of the museum, Karen Haas said: The thieves 
(i)__________ (take) our best pictures. I
(J)______________ (work) here for 12 years and I can't believe that this
(k)_________________ (happen). How did they manage
(l)____________ (take) them so easily? They might 
(m)___________ (try)
(n)___________ (sell) them to any collector in Europe, but this will be difficult because the paintings are so well known. If they
(o)__________ (not be) so well known, it would
(p)________ (be) easier
(q)___________ (sell) them. We have decided
(r)________ (employ) more guards, and a new alarm system
(s) ______ already________ (put) in. I' m sure the police will find the thieves and our paintings, but they think it might
(t)______________ (take) a long time.
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