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Weekly Information Bulletin: 25th April 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. For an explanation of Statutory Instrument procedures see HCIO Factsheet L7 produced by the House of Commons Information Office, available in hardcopy on request or to download from the Parliament website.

The laying of Orders before the House of Commons is recorded in the Statutory Instrument List published

by the Journal Office:

The Journal Office 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 24 April 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 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/made † indicates Committee's recommendation was agreed after a division

e)   draft order should not be approved/made

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

h) revised draft order should be approved/made

i) revised draft order should not be approved

#   indicates report issued following amendments to draft order

Consideration by Lords/Commons:

*   indicates stage taken formally, no debate

g) considered by Lords Grand Committee

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

to approve Draft Order


Commons Minister Committee Lords Commons


26.3.2009 (Revised order)

Draft Legislative Reform (Minor Variations to Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates) Order 2009

HLP 21 (f) HC 209 (f)


HC 400 (h)

Negative Super-Affirmative

Draft Orders (cont.)

Date Laid

Title and SI Number

Committee Reports &


Recommended Procedure Draft Order agreed

Commons Minister Committee Lords Commons
16.3.2009 Draft Legislative Reform (Local Government) (Animal Health Functions) Order 2009 HLP 73 (d) HC 399 (d) Negative Negative

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