Chartering of British Scouting
David D. Miller +49 6221 404415 (DDM@DHDIBM1.BITNET)
Fri, 7 Feb 1992 19:18:15 CET
> British Scouting is not chartered to parliament (the governing body of the
No. It's chartered directly by the Queen. For really important things,
she doesn't need to bother using parliament.
Something often forgotten by non-Brits is that the U.K. doesn't exist
as an entity without the Crown to hold it together. It's not the
British Government, but Her Britannic Majesty's Government. It's not
government as in a U.S. style democracy, but government of the people
by the people for Her Majesty. The Queen selects her Prime Minister
to represent her interests in the Lower House of Parliament.
All this makes it interesting that the alternate version of the Scout
Promise takes out "duty to the Queen" and replaces it with "duty to the
country in which I am now living" (if my memory serves me well). Country
in this case is taken to mean the country as a whole: the land and its
peoples and their customs.
As for the equivalent of direct Federal funding: The U.K. Scout
Association, or any of its Groups in England and Wales, is granted
special status as a Charitable Organisation, and is exempt from most
of the taxation which it would otherwise pay as a business.
Also of possible interest is that the right to call the highest rank in
British Scouting "King's Scout" or "Queen's Scout" is a privilege granted
to the Association by the Monarch. (Was the American Eagle asked?)
And the Queen's Scout Award can be made to non-Brits.
David D. Miller
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