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Table of contents
Henry VIII powers
- Number of pages
- By department
- EU-related instruments
Type of instrument
- House of Commons-only instruments
- English votes for English laws (EVEL)
The scrutiny process
- Scrutiny time
- Scrutiny of negative instruments
- The 21-day rule
- Scrutiny of affirmative instruments 19
Withdrawn and correcting instruments
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