1.The United Kingdom Internal Market Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 9 September 2020. All stages were concluded by 29 September and the Bill was introduced into the House of Lords on 30 September. Given the significant delegation of powers in the Bill, and as has been our practice in relation to other significant Brexit-related bills, we reported on the Bill during its committee stage in the House of Commons. Our 24th Report was published on 17 September.
2.With regard to the delegation of powers, the Bill remains largely unchanged from the version introduced into the House of Commons. Amendments made in the House of Commons, however, have altered the clause numbers. For this reason, this report simply identifies how our previous report impacts on the current version of the Bill. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has provided a revised delegated powers memorandum. It is disappointing that the department has largely replicated the original Memorandum provided to the House of Commons and did not take the opportunity to address the points which we raised in our 24th Report.
3.We made recommendations in relation to the following clauses in the version of the Bill introduced into the House of Commons: clauses 3(7), 6(5), 8(7) and 19(7), 10(2), 16(2), 41(5), 42(1) and 43(1). We now make the same recommendations in relation to the version of Bill, as introduced into the House of Lords: clauses 3(8), 6(5), 8(7) and 20(7), 10(2), 17(2), 43(8), 44(1) and 45(1). We anticipate that the Minister will wish to address the Committee’s comments during the second reading debate on the Bill.
1 , Session 2019-21 (HL Paper 130).
2 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Delegated Powers Memorandum: