The Deregulation Committee is appointed under
Standing Order No. 141, viz:
141.(1) There shall be a select committee,
called the Deregulation Committee, to examine every document containing
proposals laid before the House under section 3, and every draft
order proposed to be made under section 1, of the Deregulation
and Contracting Out Act 1994.
(2) The committee shall report to the House, in relation
to every document containing proposals laid before the House under
the said section 3, either
(a) that a draft order in the same terms as the proposals
should be laid before the House; or
(b) that the proposals should be amended before a
draft order is laid before the House; or
(c) that the order-making power should not be used
in respect of the proposals.
(3) The committee shall report to the House, in relation
to every draft order laid before the House under the said section
1, its recommendation whether the draft order should be approved.
(4) The committee may report to the House on any
matter arising from consideration of the said proposals or draft
(5)(A) In its consideration of proposals the committee
shall consider in each case whether the proposals
(a) appear to make an inappropriate use of delegated
(b) remove or reduce a burden or the authorisation
or requirement of a burden;
(c) continue any necessary protection;
(d) have been the subject of, and take appropriate
account of, adequate consultation;
(e) impose a charge on the public revenues or contain
provisions requiring payments to be made to the Exchequer or any
government department or to any local or public authority in consideration
of any licence or consent or of any services to be rendered, or
prescribe the amount of any such charge or payment;
(f) purport to have retrospective effect;
(g) give rise to doubts whether they are intra
(h) require elucidation or appear to be defectively
(i) appear to be incompatible with any obligation
resulting from membership of the European Union.
(B) In its consideration of draft orders, the committee
shall consider in each case all the matters set out in sub-paragraph
(A) above and the extent to which the Minister concerned has had
regard to any resolution or report of the committee or to any
other representations made during the period for parliamentary
(6) The committee shall consist of eighteen Members.
(7) The quorum of the committee shall be five.
(8) Unless the House otherwise orders, each Member
nominated to the committee shall continue to be a member of it
for the remainder of the Parliament.
(9) The committee shall have power -
(a) to send for persons, papers and records, to sit
notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, to adjourn from
place to place within the United Kingdom, and to report from time
(b) to appoint specialist advisers either to supply
information which is not readily available or to elucidate matters
of complexity within the committee's order of reference;
(c) to appoint a sub-committee, of which the quorum
shall be two, which shall have power to send for persons, papers
and records, to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House,
and to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;
(d) to communicate its evidence and any other documents
relating to matters of common interest to any committee appointed
by this House and to any committee appointed by the Lords to examine
deregulation proposals and draft orders.
(10) The committee and the sub-committee shall have
leave to meet concurrently with any select committee appointed
by the Lords to examine deregulation proposals and draft orders
and any sub-committee thereof.
(11) The committee and the sub-committee shall have
the assistance of the Counsel to the Speaker and, if their Lordships
think fit, the Counsel to the Lord Chairman of Committees.
(12) The committee and the sub-committee shall have
power to invite Members of the House who are not members of the
committee to attend meetings at which witnesses are being examined
and such Members may, at the discretion of the chairman, ask questions
of those witnesses; but no Member not being of the committee shall
otherwise take part in the proceedings of the committee or sub-committee,
or be counted in the quorum.
(13) It shall be an instruction to the committee
that before reporting either
(a) that any proposal should be amended before a
draft order is laid before the House, or
(b) that the order-making power should not be used
in respect of any proposal, or
(c) that any draft order should not be approved,
it shall afford to any government department concerned
an opportunity of furnishing orally or in writing to it or to
the sub-committee appointed by it such explanations as the department
(14) It shall be an instruction to the committee
that it report on every draft order not more than fifteen sitting
days after the draft order was laid before the House, indicating
in the case of draft orders which it recommends should be approved
whether its recommendation was agreed without a division.
The following were nominated as members of the Deregulation
Committee on 29 July 1997.
Mr David Chaytor
Mr Iain Coleman
Mr John Cryer
Mr Brian Cotter
Mr Stephen Hesford
Mr Edward Leigh
Mr Ivan Lewis
Mr David Lock
Mr Stephen McCabe
Mr Gordon Marsden
Mr Piers Merchant
Mr Denis Murphy
Mr Peter L. Pike
Mr William Ross
Mr Richard Spring
Mr Anthony Steen
Mr Ian Stewart
21 October 1997: Mr Piers
4 December 1997: Mr Edward
Leigh and Mr Richard Spring discharged; Mrs Jacqui Lait and Mr
John Randall appointed.
23 February 1998: Mr Oliver
20 April 1998: Mr David
Lock discharged; Mr Andy King appointed.
19 June 1998: Mr Stephen
Hesford discharged; Dr Doug Naysmith appointed.
19 March 1999: Mr Stephen
McCabe discharged; Mr John McDonnell appointed.
16 April 1999: Mr Gordon
Marsden and Mr Ivan Lewis discharged; Mr Brian White and Dr Ashok
Mr Peter L. Pike was elected Chairman, 24 November