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Briefings / The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Delegated Powers

The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill is scheduled for its Second Reading debate in the House of Commons on Monday 27 June 2022. This briefing on the delegated powers in the Bill analyses six areas of particular concern and proposes ways they might be mitigated during the Bill's passage through Parliament.

24 Jun 2022
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Reports / Compendium of Legislative Standards for Delegating Powers in Primary Legislation

The scope and design of the delegation of legislative powers in any Bill affects the long-term balance of power between Parliament and Government. The House of Lords Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee (DPRRC) scrutinises all such delegation. This report distils standards for the delegation of powers from 101 DPRRC reports from 2017 to 2021.

25 Apr 2022
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Blog / Russia-Ukraine crisis: Delegated legislation beyond sanctions

At least 27 pieces of delegated legislation have been laid before Parliament as part of the legislative response to the Ukraine crisis. This body of measures highlights the value that delegated legislation can have when policy is relatively uncontentious and must move fast. It also shows the wide range of delegated powers available on the statute book without the need for new primary legislation.

27 May 2022
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Blog / Finding grace under pressure? Ukraine’s parliament at war

After over 70 days of total war, the first 43 under the very direct threat of bombing, Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council), has undergone a significant transformation in terms of procedures, political orientation and constituency work.

13 May 2022
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Blog / What role does the UK Parliament play in sanctioning an individual? [Video]

Sanctions are imposed on an individual in two stages - by Ministers first making regulations and secondly designating the individual, using a power in those regulations. Parliament has a role in the first stage, but not the second.

15 Mar 2022
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Articles / The Parliamentary Partnership Assembly’s first meeting: what did we learn?

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Projects / Delegated Legislation Review

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Articles / Brexit ‘Freedoms’, Risks and Opportunities? Certainty and uncertainty in the revision of retained EU Law

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Data / Coronavirus Statutory Instruments Dashboard, 2020-2022

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Blog / Russia-Ukraine crisis: Delegated legislation beyond sanctions

At least 27 pieces of delegated legislation have been laid before Parliament as part of the legislative response to the Ukraine crisis. This body of measures highlights the value that delegated legislation can have when policy is relatively uncontentious and must move fast. It also shows the wide range of delegated powers available on the statute book without the need for new primary legislation.

27 May 2022
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Blog / Finding grace under pressure? Ukraine’s parliament at war

After over 70 days of total war, the first 43 under the very direct threat of bombing, Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council), has undergone a significant transformation in terms of procedures, political orientation and constituency work.

13 May 2022
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Blog / Genetically modified organisms: Primary or delegated legislation?

A Statutory Instrument comes into force on 11 April that changes the legal requirements for the release of certain types of genetically modified plants. Some argue that the changes should have been made by primary, rather than delegated, legislation. Where does the boundary between the two lie?

08 Apr 2022
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Blog / What role does the UK Parliament play in sanctioning an individual? [Video]

Sanctions are imposed on an individual in two stages - by Ministers first making regulations and secondly designating the individual, using a power in those regulations. Parliament has a role in the first stage, but not the second.

15 Mar 2022
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Blog / Russia-Ukraine crisis: how are sanctions Regulations made and how does Parliament scrutinise them?

The UK's new Russia sanctions Regulations, being debated by the House of Commons on 22 February 2022 with one day's notice, highlight the use of delegated legislation to introduce sanctions regimes and the challenges posed for parliamentary scrutiny of urgent measures.

22 Feb 2022
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Blog / The care placement Regulations and the courts: too many holes in the net of parliamentary scrutiny?

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Blog / Back to the future? House of Commons scrutiny of EU affairs after Lord Frost's exit

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Blog / Living on a prayer (motion): How do parliamentarians debate 'made negative' Statutory Instruments?

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Blog / In it for the long haul: HGV driver shortage Statutory Instruments show scrutiny system shortcomings

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Publications

Briefings / The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Delegated Powers

The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill is scheduled for its Second Reading debate in the House of Commons on Monday 27 June 2022. This briefing on the delegated powers in the Bill analyses six areas of particular concern and proposes ways they might be mitigated during the Bill's passage through Parliament.

24 Jun 2022
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Guides / Delegated Legislation: Frequently Asked Questions

What is delegated legislation? What is Parliament's role in it? And what is a 'Henry VIII' power? We answer your questions.

17 Jun 2022
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Articles / The Parliamentary Partnership Assembly’s first meeting: what did we learn?

The new UK-EU Parliamentary Partnership Assembly (PPA) finally met for the first time on 12-13 May 2022 with pressures both for more constructive and more conflictual UK-EU relations simultaneously running high. With significant details of the PPA's operation still to be clarified, the meeting exposed some shortcomings but suggested that the body has the potential to become a useful forum.

26 May 2022
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Reports / Compendium of Legislative Standards for Delegating Powers in Primary Legislation

The scope and design of the delegation of legislative powers in any Bill affects the long-term balance of power between Parliament and Government. The House of Lords Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee (DPRRC) scrutinises all such delegation. This report distils standards for the delegation of powers from 101 DPRRC reports from 2017 to 2021.

25 Apr 2022
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Articles / Constitution and Governance in the UK: Parliament and Legislation

The Brexit process, the pandemic and the approach of the Johnson Government have all tended towards Parliament's marginalisation and the accretion of executive power. For UK in a Changing Europe's report on the constitutional landscape, we show how – in the legislative process and control of public money and executive action, including delegated legislation.

04 Apr 2022
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Briefings / The Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill: four delegated powers that should be amended to improve future accountability to Parliament

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Articles / Brexit ‘Freedoms’, Risks and Opportunities? Certainty and uncertainty in the revision of retained EU Law

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Briefings / What Covid Regulations might MPs be asked to debate on 14 December and how will the Regulations be approved?

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Articles / Parliament is under-scrutinising swathes of important law. But the problem can be fixed

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