Select Committee on Delegated Powers and Deregulation First Report


Letter from Lord Carter, Government Chief Whip, House of Lords, to the Chairman of the Committee

Thank you very much for your letter of 29 October enclosing a copy of your Committee's special report for 1998-99 on the Committee's work. The work which your Committee does is highly respected both by the House and by the Government. In session 1998-99, the Committee had to deal with a large number of bills and a large number of amendments, sometimes at short notice. It has been of great benefit to the House that the Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee has responded so quickly on each occasion.

I shall read your report for 1998-99 with great attention. In particular I note the recommendations contained at paragraphs 36 and 37 in relation to the procedures which you would like Ministers to follow when referring matters to your Committee. My Private Secretary has drawn the attention of all Lords Ministers' Private Secretaries to these paragraphs and I hope that this will help to ensure that your recommendations are implemented.

In your letter, you invite me to comment on any aspect of the Committee's work. If, when I have read the report in detail, I have any comments to add I will let you know.

2 November 1999

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