Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments First Special Report


Extract from Instructions sent to Departments

The Committee has decided to repeat the exercise it conducted last year of requesting returns from Departments setting out action taken in respect of instruments reported by the Committee in the previous year. It has also decided to request information from Departments on the action taken in respect of instruments reported in 1998 on which action was outstanding in last year's return.

Each Department is requested to submit a return in graphic form as shown in the enclosed examples.[2] The tables should be headed by the name of the Department and the total number of instruments outstanding from 1998 or reported on in 1999, as appropriate.

In the first section, please list all those instruments listed in last year's return on which action was then still outstanding (ie instruments on which the response was 'F-Awaiting opportunity to amend/act on comments' or, where applicable, 'G-Other') and indicate what, if any, action has been taken in 1999. If no action has been taken, an explanation should be given in the 'Observations' section.

In the second section only instruments which have been drawn to the special attention of both Houses in the course of 1999 should be noted (i.e. any instrument the title of which is listed in bold on the cover of 4th-30th Reports of Session 1998-99 and 1st-4th Reports of Session 1999-2000). The columns in the table should be completed as follows:

a.    JCSI Report - list only those reports which concern your department. Nil returns for the year should be submitted.[3]  

b.  Instrument title - full title and number as it appears on the cover of the report and in the same order. If the Committee's comments are addressed to more than one instrument, the same format should be followed in the return as on the original report.

c.    Regulation No. and Ground for reporting - list the regulations reported on and the ground(s) on which each was reported. Please follow the order in the relevant Report in addressing each one.

d.  Type of response - rather than the code letters used last year, the response from the Department should be classified as follows: —

No action necessary (use observations column to specify reasons);

Correction slip issued (give date);

Instrument reissued/reprinted (give date);

Amending instrument issued (give date; title to be included in observations);

Committee's comments incorporated in succeeding instrument (give date; title to be included in observations);

Awaiting opportunity to amend/act on comments (likely date to be noted in observations if known);

Other (explain).

e.  Observations - to be used for explanations of other entries, including reasons for no action being needed, estimates of dates of action and identifying points on which the Department is in disagreement with the Committee.

2   Not published. Back

3   Nil returns not published. Back

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