When looking at the Meeting of Parliament Act 1797, I cannot determine what it was designed to accomplish. It seems to me to be one of the following:
- To grant powers to the monarch
Due to the language in the act, this was my initial interpretation. My understanding is, however, that the monarch would automatically have the named power unless there was some specific pre-existing law restricting such. Was this the case?
- To grant powers to the Privy Council
This was my second interpretation. The use of the text "by and with the advice of the Privy Council" suggests to me that this act may be a way of formalising the use of this power by the monarch under the request of the Privy Council.
- To restrict the powers of the monarch
The act states "His Majesty may issue his Proclamation for the meeting of Parliament in not less than 14 Days from the Date", perhaps meaning that the act only intends to take the monarch's existing power and prevent it from being used under certain circumstances?
Which interpretation(s) are correct (if any)?