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Weekly Information Bulletin: 24th May 2008

Delegated Legislation

Statutory Instruments

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: This list records when Orders were laid and in the case of affirmative instruments, 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.

Legislative Reform Proposals and Orders:

Proceedings as at 23 May 2008

Under 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.

For an explanation of Parliamentary consideration of Regulatory Reform Orders, see HCIO Factsheet No L7

Committee recommendation:

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

#   indicates report issued following amendments to draft order

Draft Proposals

Date Laid


Lords Committee Report & Recommendation Commons Committee Report & Recommendation
11.12.2006 Regulatory Reform (Game)

Order 2006

HL 44 (a) (a) 6.3.2007 (HC 384)
18.12.2006 Regulatory Reform (Collaboration etc Between Ombudsmen)

Order 2007

HL 44 (a) (a) 6.3.2007 (HC 383)
18.12.2006 Regulatory Reform (Deer)

Order 2007

HL 44 (a) (b) 20.3.2007 (HC 411)
18.12.2006 Regulatory Reform (Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) Order 2006

HL 44 (a) (a) 13.3.2007 (HC 397)

Draft Orders

Date Laid

Title and SI Number

Lords Committee Report & Recommendation Commons Report Committee & Recommendation Consideration L (Lords), C (Commons)
9.5.2007 Draft Regulatory Reform (Collaboration etc between Ombudsmen) Order 2007

HL 113(a) HC 611(a) 26.6.2007 (C)

27.6.2007 (L)

24.5.2007 Draft Regulatory Reform (Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) Order 2007

HL 126(a) HC 673(a) 5.7.2007 (C)

3.7.2007 (L)

4.6.2007 Draft Regulatory Reform (Game) Order 2007 HL 126(a) HC 674(a) 25.6.2007 (C)

3.07.2007 (L)

5.7.2007 Draft Regulatory Reform (Deer) (England and Wales) Order 2007 HL 150(a) HC 948(a) 24.7.2007 (C)

17.7.2007 (L)

25.7.2007 Draft Legislative Reform (Local Authority Consent Requirements) (England and Wales) Order 2007

HL 11 (b) HC 135(a) Awaiting


18.2.2008 Draft Legislative Reform (Health and Safety Executive) Order 2008 HL 76 (a) HC 398(a) 18.3.2008 (C)

31.3.2008 (L)

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