19.On 11 January we took oral evidence from Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Minister for Roads, Busses and Places, concerning a deficiency in the material that the Department for Transport (DfT) had provided in support of the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) (No 5) Regulations 2021. We were told that information answering several of our questions about safety would be published shortly in an Impact Assessment (IA). Ten weeks after that session and six months after the original legislation was laid, we noted that the IA had not been published and wrote to Baroness Vere. In her response, the Minister indicated that the IA was still not ready for publication. This further strengthens our view that DfT are giving insufficient priority to the provision of good quality information to explain and justify legislation and to publishing it at the same time as the instrument is laid before Parliament. This practice severely restricts Parliament’s ability to undertake the proper degree of scrutiny of secondary legislation.
8 SLSC, (Session 2021-22, HL Paper 123) on the instrument and the transcript of the oral evidence session in our (Session 2021-22, HL Paper 150).