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Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Ninth Report


Memorandum by the Lord Chancellor's Department


  1. By a letter dated 26 January 2000, the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments has requested the Department to submit a memorandum on the following point:

    "This instrument was made on 15 December 1999 but was not laid before Parliament until 14 January 2000. Explain the reason for this delay."

  2. The Lord Chancellor's Department apologises for the delay in laying this instrument. This was caused by the combined effect of the Christmas and New Year break together with the need for several printers' proof stages owing to the complexity of the forms attached to the statutory instrument. The Rules will not come into force until 5 June 2000.

28 January 2000

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