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.
Gain a competitive edge in today’s evolving legislative landscape. Join our exclusive training webinar on the parliamentary process for implementation of changes to Retained EU Law (REUL). Equip you and your team with invaluable insights to navigate this complex legislation seamlessly. Understand its implications, anticipate the challenges and harness the opportunities. Don’t miss this chance to say ahead of the game and maximise your influence.
[CLOSED] 30 June, 12:30pm-2:00pm Online (Zoom)
The controversial Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill has secured Royal Assent and is now an Act of Parliament. Our online training workshop on the parliamentary process for implementation of changes to REUL is designed to equip campaign, legal and public affairs professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate this legislation successfully.
The workshop will cover:
how the legislative changes to REUL will be delivered in both Houses of Parliament, including the sifting and scrutiny process for Statutory Instruments;
timing issues: what must happen before the end of October 2023, what may happen afterwards and why this matters;
Legislative Reform Orders (LROs): what they are and how they work;
the opportunities to engage with and influence the parliamentary process; and
how to monitor the progress of REUL reform in your sector.
This is an interactive online workshop hosted on Zoom. It will be based around a presentation on the core themes highlighted above. There will be an opportunity for questions throughout.
Understanding the parliamentary process in the UK is crucial for effective engagement with policy makers. By comprehending the intricacies of legislative procedures, you can:
navigate the legislative process with confidence;
identify opportunities for intervention;
strategically position your organisation to shape policy outcomes in the best interests of your stakeholders;
engage at the right time in proactive advocacy, ensuring your organisation’s concerns are safeguarded and advanced effectively; and
anticipate and respond to potential challenges and obstacles.
Staying abreast of the parliamentary process also enhances your professional credibility and positions you as a trusted adviser within your own organisation. It demonstrates a commitment to excellence and ensures your organisation is well prepared to adapt to legislative changes and seize opportunities.
Training like this is also a great way to support your staff’s personal development programme. Investing in a culture of learning by enhancing your team’s knowledge and skills is a key factor in staff retention.
The Hansard Society is the leading authority on Parliament. For over a decade our experts have spearheaded new research into the complex system of delegated legislation that underpins most of the law and regulations made in the UK.
In 2014 we published the first major study of the topic in decades. That study is now used in the induction of new staff working on delegated legislation at Westminster and in some of the devolved legislatures. We currently have a cross-party Delegated Legislation Review working to propose reforms to address the complex constitutional and procedural challenges associated with this form of legislation.
“Last Thursday, I tuned in to a Zoom call organised by the noble Lord, Lord Anderson, and listened to Ruth Fox of the Hansard Society. Her verdict in a nutshell was that the powers in the Bill transfer future democratic oversight of any changes to REUL away from Parliament.” — Lord Young of Cookham, 6 February 2023
“Our report draws on ideas raised in a helpful webinar hosted on 12 October 2022 by the Hansard Society and featuring Lord Anderson of Ipswich KBE KC, Dr Ruth Fox and Sir Jonathan Jones KCB KC.” — House of Lords Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee, 25th Report, Retained EU law (Revocation and Reform) Bill, 2 February 2023
“Given that Brexit was all about this place taking back control, why are the Government using so many Henry VIII clauses and awarding themselves other delegated powers in the Brexit legislation that they are passing? Is it not about time that we had a proper review of how delegated legislation works, along the lines recently proposed by the Hansard Society?” — Patrick Grady MP (SNP), 16 March 2023
Ruth is the Director of the Hansard Society. Her research focuses on parliamentary strengthening and constitutional reform. She is the co-author of ‘The Devil is in the Detail: Parliament and Delegated Legislation’, the first detailed study of the parliamentary scrutiny of delegated legislation for decades. In 2019-20 she was the co-commentator, alongside the BBC's Parliamentary Correspondent Mark D'Arcy, throughout BBC Parliament's coverage of the major Brexit votes and the prorogation of Parliament. She regularly gives evidence to parliamentary select committees and inquiries, and contributes to a wide range of current affairs programmes on radio and television, commentating on the parliamentary process and political reform.
Since a recording of this workshop will be made available for participants for one month after the event, refunds for cancellations will not be available for this event.
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.