|Author (Corporate)||United Kingdom: House of Lords: Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee|
|Series Title||3rd Report|
|Content Type||Policy-making, Report|
The programme was dominated by proposed legislation dealing with the United Kingdom's planned leaving of the European Union. Eight of the twenty seven bills to be introduced were connected with Brexit.
+ European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (introduced on the 13 July 2017)
Even though the bill was introduced in July 2017 parliamentary scrutiny in practice only began in the autumn of 2017 after the summer break. Opposition parties, human rights groups and the leaders of Scotland and Wales criticised aspects of the bill and suggested they would call for substantive amendments.
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Instead, the Committee recommended a new procedure that, where the Minister proposed the negative procedure, a Committee of each House, or a joint Committee of both Houses, should be given 10 days to overturn the Minister’s proposal and upgrade scrutiny to the affirmative procedure.
The proposed new sifting mechanism was important because a piece of secondary legislation – also known as a statutory instrument - subject to the affirmative procedure does not become law until both Houses of Parliament have agreed it while an instrument subject to the negative procedure will automatically become law unless either House voted it down.
The Committee believed that the proposed sifting mechanism will strike a balance between the scrutiny requirements of Parliament and the business needs of the Government.
The Committee also found that:
|Countries / Regions||United Kingdom|