Political and Constitutional Reform - First Report
Ensuring standards in the quality of legislation

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 9 May 2013.


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

2 What are the problems?

3 A draft Code of Legislative Standards

4 Legislative Standards Committee

5 Pre- and Post-legislative scrutiny

6 The approach of the devolved legislatures

7 Different processes for different types of legislation

8 Five key recommendations

Annex A: Draft Code of Legislative Standards

Annex B: Sources of information used in drafting the draft Code of Legislative Standards

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes


List of printed written evidence

List of additional written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Oral and written evidence

Thursday 10 May 2012: Daniel Greenberg, Parliamentary Lawyer, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, formerly of the Office of Parliamentary Counsel

Thursday 14 June 2012: Richard Heaton CB, First Parliamentary Counsel, and David Cook, Second Parliamentary Counsel, Cabinet Office

Thursday 21 June 2012: Rt Hon Lord Butler of Brockwell KG, GCB, CVO, and Sir Nicholas Monck KCB, Better Government Initiative, and Nat le Roux, The Constitution Society

Thursday 5 July 2012: Dr Ruth Fox, Director of Parliament & Government, Hansard Society; Professor Dawn Oliver, Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law, UCL, and Mr Mark Ryan, Senior Lecturer in Constitutional and Administrative Law, Coventry University

Thursday 13 September 2012: Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP, Rt Hon Lord Maclennan of Rogart and Lord Norton of Louth

Thursday 18 October 2012: Sir David Lloyd Jones, Chairman, Ms Elaine Lorimer, Chief Executive, and Mr Adrian Hogarth, Parliamentary Counsel, The Law Commission

Thursday 10 January 2013: Rt Hon Andrew Lansley, CBE MP, Leader of the House, Lord Privy Seal and Adam Pile, Head of the Parliamentary Business and Legislation Secretariat, Economic and Domestic Secretariat, Cabinet Office

Written evidence

Additional written evidence (unprinted)

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