4 OCTOBER 2000
By the Select Committee appointed to report whether
the provisions of any bill inappropriately delegate legislative
power, or whether they subject the exercise of legislative power
to an inappropriate degree of parliamentary scrutiny; to report
on documents laid before Parliament under section 3(3) of the
Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 and on draft orders
laid under section 1(4) of that Act; and to perform, in respect
of such documents and orders, the functions performed in respect
of other instruments by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments.
POLITICAL PARTIES, ELECTIONS AND REFERENDUMS
BILL - GOVERNMENT AMENDMENTS FOR COMMITTEE STAGE
1. The Committee reported on this bill in its 11th
Report (29 March).
The Government has tabled a large number of amendments for Committee
Stage and the Home Office has provided the Committee with a memorandum
which identifies and discusses those amendments which create new
delegated legislative powers or affect powers already in the bill.
The memorandum is printed in the Annex to this report.
2. The Committee has found the memorandum helpful
and accepts that it gives an accurate account of the relevant
amendments. The Committee notes that the amendments include a
set of amendments concerned with the definition of "sponsorship"
for the purposes of various provisions in the bill and that those
amendments create five delegated powers to amend the definition
for particular purposes. An amending order can be made only on
the recommendation of the Electoral Commission and the order would
be subject to affirmative procedure.
3. Once again
the Committee has had to consider a large number of amendments
only days before they are to be discussed in Committee. However
the Committee is satisfied that there are no amendments which
it needs to draw to the attention of the House.
1 HL Paper 52. Back
2 This is the 20th occasion on which the Committee has reported
on Government amendments in the present session. Back
3 This report is also published on the Internet at the House of
Lords Select Committee Home Page (http://www.parliament.uk), where
further information about the work of the Committee is also available. Back