The Management of Secondary Legislation

The Management of Secondary Legislation

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This report is a follow-up to the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee 29th report, session 2005-06 (HL Paper 149-I, ISBN 9780104008409). The earlier report set out some recommendations on how the process of making secondary legislation could be improved, and this report examines that progress. Statutory Instruments (SIs), often described as secondary legislation, are the means by which government departments implement the policy measures laid down by Acts of Parliament (primary legislation). There are approximately 1200 SIs laid for parliamentary proceedings each year. The Committee believes that Government Department's still need to do more to improve the planning and quality of SIs and the policy delivered through them, such a step would help in the Committee's process of scrutiny, as well as easing the impact of such legislation on stakeholders. The Committee further invites the Government to consider the timing and cumulative impact of SIs on those regulated and that Department's should pay more attention to the strategic planning of SIs, especially those delivering a policy set by a new Act. Also the Committee states that more resources should be devoted to the consolidation and simplification of secondary legislation so that the law is clearer and more accessible. The Committee does welcome the new format of Impact Assessments (IAs) which should be provided for key measures affecting public and voluntary sectors. Every SI or its Explanatory Memorandum should clearly express its policy objective and how the success is to be measured and evaluated. Each Department is responsible for its own secondary legislation and the Committee invites each Secretary of State to ensure that senior management systematically checks the quality of such legislation.Occupational pensions [NB. ... The Occupational Pension Schemes (Non- European Schemes Exemption) Regulations 2008 Uses a power under the Pensions Act 2004 to ... Feb 08 7 Feb 08 8 Feb 08 March 08 March 08 March 08 March 08 March 08 Instrument Housing Benefit Child Support Expected month of layinganbsp;...

Title:The Management of Secondary Legislation
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Lords: Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2008-03-12


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