Westminster Lens: Parliament and Delegated Legislation in the 2015-16 Session

Westminster Lens: Parliament and Delegated Legislation in the 2015-16 Session

This report, based on new data from the 2015-16 parliamentary session, seeks to plug the statistical hole in our understanding of delegated legislation.

About

This report, based on new research data collected by the Hansard Society over the last year, seeks to plug the statistical hole in our understanding of the delegated legislation process. It builds on our earlier study, The Devil is in the Detail: Parliament and Delegated Legislation, which laid bare the complexity, weaknesses, and contradictions in the scrutiny process, in the first comprehensive study of this process in decades.

Contents

1. Introduction

2. Henry VIII powers

3. Volume

  1. Number of pages
  2. By department
  3. EU-related instruments

4. Type of instrument

  1. House of Commons-only instruments
  2. English votes for English laws (EVEL)

5. The scrutiny process

  1. Scrutiny time
  2. Scrutiny of negative instruments
  3. The 21-day rule
  4. Scrutiny of affirmative instruments

6. Rejecting instruments

7. Withdrawn and correcting instruments

8. Endnotes

9. Abbreviations

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