Pre-legislative Scrutiny

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:05 am on 6th January 2004.

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Photo of Mr Brian White Mr Brian White Labour, North East Milton Keynes 10:05 am, 6th January 2004

I am the chair of the all-party e-democracy group, having taken over from my hon. Friend Margaret Moran, who did a good job of establishing the group. She was keen on the kind of online discussion that my hon. Friend Mr. Allen talked about, and pioneered a consultation in relation to battered women, which led to a large number of subsequent consultations.

I will start, rather perversely, by pointing out that post-legislative scrutiny is not carried out very well. There is a role for an online forum and a need for all aspects of post-legislative scrutiny in the House to be thoroughly updated. Select Committees tend to be influenced by the whims of their members, and they consider what those members feel like considering, rather than focusing on the way in which legislation went through the House and was implemented. There is no real post-legislative scrutiny review.