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Weekly Information Bulletin: 7th February 2009

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.

Outstanding Orders are listed below. Details of previous Orders are available in earlier editions of the bulletin

Legislative Reform Proposals and Orders:
Proceedings as at 6 February 2009

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

f)   a revised draft order should be laid before the House

*   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

Draft Orders

Date Laid

Title and SI Number

Committee Reports &


Recommended Procedure Consideration L (Lords), C (Commons)

Commons Minister Committee Lords Commons
4.12.2008 Draft Legislative Reform (Insolvency) (Advertising Requirements) Order 2009 HL 12 (d)

HC 181 (e) Affirmative Affirmative
8.12.2008 Draft Legislative Reform (Minor Variations to Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates) Order 2009

HL 21 (f) HC 209 (f) Negative Super-Affirmative

Draft Legislative Reform (Supervision of Alcohol Sales in Church and Village Halls &c.) Order 2009

HL 21 (d) HC 210 (d) Negative Affirmative

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