Exercising Control over Delegated Legislation

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Control over Delegated Legislation

Deleted Legislation in many instances is made by non-elected bodies and since there are so many people with the power to make delegated legislation, it is important to have some control over it. The Control is exercised by the Parliament and the Courts. There also may be public inquiry before law is passed on an especially sensitive matter, such as planning laws which may affect the environment.

Control by Parliament:

Fairly limited, though Parliament has the initial control with the enabling Act which sets boundaries within which delegated legislation is made. The parliament retains control over delegated legislations as it can repeal the powers in the enabling Act at any time. If does so then the right to make regulations will cease.

Delegated Powers Scrutiny Committee:

*Established in 1993 in House of Lords

Purpose: to consider whether the provisions of any Bills delegated legislative power inappropriately. Reports the findings to the House of Lords before Committee stage of Bill, but has no power to repeal or amend the Bills.

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Problem: there is no general provision that the regulations made under the enabling act have to be laid before Parliament for the MPs to consider them .A few enabling acts will say that this has to happen.

Affirmative Resolutions:

Many statutory instruments will be subject to affirmative resolution. The Statutory Instrument won’t become law unless specifically approved by Parliament. If there is a need for affirmative resolution, it will be mentioned in the enabling act for example: an affirmative resolution is required before new or revised police Codes of Practice under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 can ...

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