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Departmental Legislation

Volume 76: debated on Wednesday 3 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Acts of Parliament have been promoted and how many statutory instruments made by his Department, or predecessor Departments covering his areas of responsibility, in each of the last 20 years.

As my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Treasury indicated on 1 April, at column 507, in answer to a similar question from my hon. Friend, because of the changes in the machinery of government over the last 20 years, the apportionment of Acts and statutory instruments to the areas of present ministerial responsibility could be done only at disproportionate cost.