Memorandum from the Leader of the House
to the Committee
The purpose of this memorandum is to present the
Liaison Committee with the Government's proposals for pre-legislative
scrutiny of the first three draft bills to be published in this
Electricity (Trading and Transmission)
We published on 30 January a draft bill to implement
the British Electricity Trading and Transmission Arrangements
(BETTA). Copies are available in the Printed Paper Office.
The House of Commons Trade & Industry Committee
has decided to conduct pre-legislative scrutiny between now and
Easter, and we do not propose anything further. That Committee
is well placed to consider BETTA, having reported on Security
of Energy Supply only a year ago (2nd Report 2001-02).
We aim to publish within the next few weeks a draft
bill to reform the law of corruption in England, Wales and Northern
Ireland. The bill would implement the White Paper Raising Standards
and Upholding Integrity: the prevention of corruption of June
2000 (Cm 4759), which was based largely on a Law Commission report
of March 1998 (No. 248). It would also make certain amendments
to the limitation periods for civil actions relating to corruption
in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to enable the UK to ratify
the Council of Europe Civil Law Convention on Corruption.
We propose to remit this to a Joint Committee of
seven members of each House, to report by mid-July. We will table
the first of the necessary motions shortly.
We will publish a draft Housing Bill later in the
spring. The draft Bill will seek to improve housing standards
by rationalising and modernising the controls on "Houses
in Multiple Occupation", by giving local authorities powers
for selective licensing of private landlords in areas of low housing
demand, and by introducing a new evidence-based system for identifying
unacceptable housing conditions. It will also introduce the "seller's
pack" to the home buying and selling process.
The bill will fall squarely within the remit of the
House of Commons Select Committee on the Office of the Deputy
Prime Minister. We anticipate that they will wish to conduct pre-legislative
scrutiny, and we do not propose anything further.
The Government will bring forward further draft bills
in due course, and I will keep the Committee informed as to our
proposals for pre-legislative scrutiny in each case.