Mark and Ruth look at the growing fashion for re-writing Bills mid-air as they pass through Parliament, adding on all sorts of policy bells and whistles at the last minute.
Are the devolved legislatures being denied control over regulations on devolved matters that are made by Ministers in Whitehall? In this webinar, parliamentarians and legal experts from across the UK discussed the role of devolved institutions in the development and approval of UK regulations made by Statutory Instrument (SIs).
Online webinar [CLOSED] 1:00pm, 29 September 2022
There are a growing number of powers on the statute book that allow UK Government Ministers to make regulations in areas of devolved competence, such as healthcare and education. Are the devolved legislatures being denied control over regulations on devolved matters that are made in Whitehall? Is there a risk of a widening ‘democratic deficit’? Or are these powers simply required for more effective and efficient government?
Brexit and contested views over the role of Legislative Consent Motions (LCMs) - the mechanism by which the UK's devolved administrations consent to law created by the Westminster Parliament on matters that are normally devolved - have brought to the fore the question of how the various executives and legislatures across the UK can better co-ordinate and co-operate. It is crucial that mechanisms to involve the devolved institutions in UK delegated law-making within their areas are fit for purpose.
At this event, parliamentarians and legal experts from across the UK discussed the role devolved institutions play in the development and approval of UK Statutory Instruments within their areas of devolved policy.
Are the devolved administrations being denied control over regulations on devolved matters that are made by Ministers in Whitehall?
When is it appropriate for devolved executives to rely on UK Government regulations and SIs?
What function do the devolved legislatures play in the approval of UK SIs that engage their competences?
What changes would help ensure that devolved legislatures have the appropriate degree of information about and control over relevant UK Statutory Instruments?
Michael P Clancy OBE, WS Director of Law Reform, Law Society of Scotland
Huw Irranca-Davies MS / @huw4ogmore Chair of the Senedd Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee and formerly MP for Ogmore
Stephen Farry MP / @StephenFarryMP Deputy Leader of the Alliance Party and formerly MLA for North Down
Chair: Dr Ruth Fox Director of the Hansard Society
Delegated legislation is the most common form of legislation in the United Kingdom. It is the legislation of everyday life, impacting millions of citizens daily. But the terminology and procedures that surround it are complex and often confusing. This explainer unpacks delegated legislation - the terminology and Parliament's role in scrutinising it - to reveal more about how delegated legislation really works.
What a week! Suella Braverman's sacking from Government was immediately eclipsed by the appointment of former Prime Minister David Cameron as the new Foreign Secretary. Mark and Ruth explore the many questions this raises, not least for scrutiny of foreign affairs by MPs.
The Prime Minister’s decision to cancel the next stage of HS2 has given rise to criticism that once again the Government has ridden roughshod over Parliament. Just over 1,300 hours of legislative time have been spent on four HS2-related Bills over nine Sessions in the last decade. Why has it taken so long and what now happens to that legislation?
When parliamentarians reassemble at Westminster on 7 November for the start of the new Session, all eyes will be on the legislative programme to be announced in the King’s Speech. Speculation about the likely date of the next general election is rife at Westminster, but until the date is settled there are a lot of parliamentary issues still to be tackled. We’ve picked out a few things to look out for on the political horizon.