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Delegated Legislation. Outline what is meant by statutory instruments and bylaws

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´╗┐Shakti Choudhry Outline what is meant by statutory instruments and bylaws There are about 3,000 statutory instruments each year. These laws are made by government ministers who have been given this power by Parliament in a Parent Act. They are used to provide detailed laws. An example of this is the Education Reform Act (1988); parliament had introduced major reforms to the education system. The secretary of state for education was given powers to decide what should be taught in each subject at each key stage. After consulting with various bodies he then made decisions, which then became law. Statutory instruments are also used to update laws; an example of this is the National Minimum Wage (1998). ...read more.


The minister of Transport then introduced compulsory helmets for all motorcyclists. Bylaws are another type of delegated legislation. Here authority is given to local authorities or to public bodies to be able to make laws for their area of geographical location. An example of a bylaw would be the Dog Fouling Act (1996). This gave authority to local councils to introduce bylaws that punish dog owners for allowing their dogs to foul public places. They can be fined up to £1,000. Another example is Manchester City Council; they passed a bylaw stating that no person shall on any footway use any skateboards, wheels or other equipment that will cause danger, cause nuisance and annoyance to other people using the footway. ...read more.


Another disadvantage as a form of law making is that the large volume of delegated legislation. As there are about 3,000 statutory instruments passed year. It is even harder by the lack of publicity it attracts. Therefore it makes it hard for anyone to know the exact laws of where they live. Another disadvantage is that there is limited control over delegated legislation. This is due to amount of statutory instruments being passed each year. The scrutiny committee cannot check every instrument and even when it finds something wrong it does not have the power to check it but only the power to inform Parliament. The courts also have restricted power as they cannot declare delegated legislation unlawful unless someone brings the issue to court. ...read more.

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