Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill - Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee Contents

The Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee

The House of Lords appoints the Committee each session with the terms of reference "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 and draft orders laid before Parliament under sections 14 and 18 of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006; and to perform, in respect of such draft orders, and in respect of subordinate provisions orders made or proposed to be made under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001, the functions performed in respect of other instruments and draft instruments by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments".


The members of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee are:

    Lord Armstrong of Ilminster GCB CVO

    Lord Blackwell

    Rt Hon. the Lord Boyd of Duncansby PC QC

    Viscount Eccles CBE

    Lord Faulkner of Worcester

    Baroness Fritchie DBE

    Baroness Gardner of Parkes

    Lord Goodhart QC (Chairman)

    Lord Razzall CBE

    Lord Soley

Registered interests

Members' registered interests may be examined in the online Register of Lords' Interests at The Register may also be inspected in the House of Lords Record Office and is available for purchase from the Stationery Office.


The Committee's reports are published by the Stationery Office by Order of the House in hard copy and on the internet at

General information

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Contacts for the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee

Any query about the Committee or its work should be directed to the Clerk of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee, Delegated Legislation Office, House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW. The telephone number is 020-7219 3103 and the fax number is 020-7219 2571. The Committee's email address is


In February 1992, the Select Committee on the Committee work of the House, under the chairmanship of Earl Jellicoe, noted that "in recent years there has been considerable disquiet over the problem of wide and sometimes ill-defined order-making powers which give Ministers unlimited discretion" (Session 1991-92, HL Paper 35-I, paragraph 133). The Committee recommended setting up a delegated powers scrutiny committee which would, it suggested, "be well suited to the revising function of the House". As a result, the Select Committee on the Scrutiny of Delegated Powers was appointed experimentally in the following session. It was established as a sessional committee from the beginning of Session 1994-95. After the enactment of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994, the Committee was given the additional role of scrutinising deregulation proposals under that Act and the Committee became the Select Committee on Delegated Powers and Deregulation. In April 2001, the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 expanded the order-making power to include regulatory reform and the Committee, renamed the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee, took on the scrutiny of regulatory reform proposals under that Act. The Committee now scrutinises legislative reform orders under the successor to the 2001 Act, the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006.

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