Delegated Legislation

Part of Leader of the House – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 23rd April 2009.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Deputy Leader of the House of Commons 10:30 am, 23rd April 2009

Again, this is a proposal that seems attractive but which in the end I do not think is a good idea. As Lord Rippon said in the Hansard Society commission back in 1992, an amendable statutory instrument would be very like a Bill, and all the advantages of the greater flexibility of delegated legislation would be lost. The truth of the matter is that if the Government want to provide for a full legislative process, with amendments possible, it should be primary, not secondary, legislation that is being brought forward.

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