Clause 8 - Parliamentary consideration of proposals

Part of Regulatory Reform Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 29th March 2001.

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Photo of Mr Ian Bruce Mr Ian Bruce Conservative, South Dorset 10:45 am, 29th March 2001

One concern that I have expressed in this and other Committees is whether there is enough time to consider proposals. Often, we depart for the summer or Easter recess, only for a spate of orders and such like to be laid before Parliament. Our constituents then tell us, ``A regulation has come into force that Parliament has not had the chance even to comment on''. In future, will such regulations and deregulations be published, so that our constituents will have a fair chance of contacting us and we can make representations on their behalf? Indeed, the reason why I always open my post in Committee first thing in the morning is because otherwise, representations can come to light two or three days after we have considered the matter in question. People should have proper notice that something is happening, and time to make representations.