Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Fifteenth Report

Pre-legislative scrutiny

79. The Committee strongly supports the idea of pre-legislative scrutiny; and therefore has welcomed the chance to scrutinise this draft Bill. However, a number of things are needed for pre-legislative scrutiny to be truly effective:

  (i)  adequate time is needed so those people and organisations which are interested can read the draft Bill and make written representations to a pre-legislative Committee;

  (ii)  such a Committee needs adequate time to take advice, to call witnesses for oral scrutiny and to produce a report; and

  (iii)  it only makes sense for a draft Bill to be looked at by a Committee if account is taken of our report and evidence by Government, in drafting the final version of the Bill.

We appreciate the Government's wish to have the result of our scrutiny by the end of July 2002 - but feel that the timetable imposed by the Government did not fully embrace the importance of pre-legislative scrutiny. We have not had time to address many of the technical issues within the draft Bill which would benefit from further examination.


80. We note Tony Travers comments:

"The tortured tone of sections 7 and 8 of the Consultation Paper ("Section 1") accompanying the Bill suggests it is now very difficult to reflect the needs of the Welsh Assembly Government in legislation of this kind."[114]

We have referred to the comments on Welsh local government to our colleagues on the Welsh Affairs Committee. We recommend the Government ensures that adequate consultation takes place with the National Assembly for Wales.

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