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Weekly Information Bulletin: 22nd December 2001
The most common form of delegated legislation, or secondary legislation, is Statutory Instruments. Those requiring parliamentary approval are subject to either the affirmative or negative procedure: this is explained in HCIO Factsheet L7.
The laying of Orders before the House of Commons is recorded in the Statutory Instrument List published by the Journal Office: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmsilist/cmsilist.htm. This list records when Orders were laid and in the case of affirmative instuments, whether a motion for their approval has been tabled. In the case of Negative Instruments, the number of praying days left (in which a motion calling for the instrument to be annulled may be laid) is noted.
DEREGULATION ORDERS AND REGULATORY REFORM PROPOSALS AND DRAFT ORDERS:
PROCEEDINGS AS AT 22 DECEMBER 2001
Under the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 (s 3(3)) and the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 (s 6(1)) the Government is able to make Orders to amend or repeal provisions in primary legislation, which are considered to impose a burden on businesses or others, which could be reduced or removed without removing any necessary protection.
The Regulatory Reform Act replaced the equivalent provisions in the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994, but allowed proceedings on Deregulation Orders which had started before the passage of that Act to continue.
For an explanation of Parliamentary consideration of Deregulation Orders, see HCIO Factsheet L7
a) a draft order in the same terms as the proposal should be laid before the House
b) proposal should be amended before a draft order is laid before the House
c) the order-making power should not be used in respect of the proposals
d) draft order should be approved, indicates Committee's recommendation was agreed after a division
e) draft order should not be approved
* indicates stage taken formally, no debate
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