Acts of Parliament regularly grant power to ministers and other bodies to make new law (known as delegated or secondary legislation) using processes that involve considerably less scrutiny than the original Act received. In these circumstances it is important that Parliament look closely at what powers are being delegated and whether the scrutiny processes being applied are appropriate.
On Monday 4th November Hansard Society Director Ruth Fox gave evidence to the Joint Committee on the draft Deregulation Bill about the proposed new delegation of powers to repeal legislation than is deemed to be ‘no longer of practical use’.
Drawing on the Society’s research on delegated legislation (supported by the Nuffield Foundation), she outlined to the Committee a range of concerns about the proposals in the draft bill. These included:
The Committee’s evidence session can be watched in the embedded video below or on the Parliament website.
In the video Dr Fox’s evidence begins at 17:12:10. There is a break for a vote at 17:37:00 and the session resumes at 17:46:20. The session concludes at 18:00:40.
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