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.
Westminster Lens 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.
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Withdrawn and correcting instruments
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‘Exit day’ in UK law will need to be changed by Statutory Instrument in the last week of March, if the UK and EU agree an extension to the Article 50 period beyond its default 29 March expiry date.
In the run-up to the UK’s exit from the EU on 29 March 2019 we will be tracking the progress made by government and Parliament in preparing the statute book for exit day. Our analysis draws on parliamentary data and our own Statutory Instrument Tracker which we built several years ago to support our research on delegated legislation.
The roles occupied by members of The Independent Group - particularly on select committees, where they retain a number of important posts and command two and a half times as many seats as the Liberal Democrats – could give them more influence than their small, non-party status might normally be expected to accord them.
In the House of Commons’ first debate today on potential new trade deals, two things are worth watching out for: the nature of the occasion itself; and any further information it elicits from the government about the process for making new trade agreements beyond the debate itself.
The cancellation of this week’s House of Commons recess provided the government with an extra few days to hold debates on affirmative Brexit SIs. But the low number of debates makes it a wasted opportunity. The government can get its Brexit SIs into force by 29 March, but probably only at the expense of what limited scrutiny already takes place for SIs.