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Departmental Legislation

Volume 76: debated on Wednesday 3 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy 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.

Her Majesty's Stationery Office publishes annually "Lists of Statutory Instruments" and "Tables and Indices to Public and General Acts and General Synod Measures". Both of these are currently up to date to the end of 1983.The number of Acts promoted by the Department of Energy, and statutory instruments made, during each year from the creation of the Department in January 1974 to the end of 1984 is as follows:

ActsSIs
197435
1975244
1976376
1977273
1978124
197929
1980245
1981437
1982251
19833107
1984186
19707
Given the changes to the machinery of Government over the last 20 years, apportionment of the Acts or statutory instruments — including some of those in the above list — to the areas of present ministerial responsibility could be done only at disproportionate cost.