Pre-legislative Scrutiny

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:20 am on 6th January 2004.

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Photo of Graham Allen Graham Allen Labour, Nottingham North 10:20 am, 6th January 2004

Legislation applies a discipline to the e-mailer. Rather than expressing a general view about what was said in an Adjournment debate and succumbing to the verbal diarrhoea that we all receive in e-mails, legislation limits the e-mailer to a particular line, clause or idea, and they must express their views in a practical way. For example, they might say, "We think that you have a good idea, but doing it like this would help you to achieve what you are trying to achieve in law." That disciplined framework is the difference between examining legislation and holding the sort of general debate that we can all have in chat rooms if we do not have better things to do with our lives.