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Statutory Instruments

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the statutory instruments issued by his Department in the last 12 months, indicating (a) the purpose of each and (b) the cost of each to (i) public funds, (ii) businesses and (iii) individuals. [106332]

The HMSO Statutory Instrument Registrar (siregistrar@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk) can provide a list of statutory instruments issued by individual Departments. Statutory instruments which have been originated by Departments but eventually made by the Privy Council Office, are only listed under the Privy Council Office. However, between 1 January 2002 and 31 March 2003, the Ministry of Defence issued the following eighteen statutory instruments:SI 2002/201—The Royal Marines Terms of Service Regulations 2002. This instrument amended Service regulations consequent to a previous Commencement Order.SIs 2002/229: 230 and 231—Three statutory instruments entitled Courts-Martial (Amendment) Rules. These instruments made amendments to court-martial rules in consequence of the Armed Forces Act 2001.

SI 2002/345—Armed Force Act 2001 (Commencement No 2.) Order 2002 that commenced sections of the Armed Forces Act 2001.

SI 2002/671—Pensions (Polish Forces) Scheme (Extension) Order. This instrument continued in effect the Polish Forces pension scheme.

SI 2002/672—Personnel Injuries (Civilians) Amendment Scheme 2002 updated the rate of pension payable to recipients.

SI 2002/792—The Naval, Military and Air Forces Etc. (Disablement & Death) Service Pensions (Amendment) Order 2002 updated the rate of pension payable to recipients.

SI 2002/719—ABRO Trading Fund Order 2002. An Order to give trading fund status.

SI 2002/1417—Tax Credit (New Category of Child Care Provider) Regulations 2002. This instrument made a scheme for establishing a new category of persons whose charges for providing child care outside of the UK are to be taken into account for the purpose of determining working families" or disabled person"s tax credit.

SI 2002/1761—Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 (Designation of Vessels and Controlled Sites) Order 2002. This instrument provided protection to military remains in various vessels and sites.

SI 2002/1820—The Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2002. An annual Order to continue in force the three Service Discipline Acts.

SI 2002/3122—The Service Departments Registers (Amendment) Order 2002. This instrument updated the Service Departments Registers Order 1959.

SI 2003/105—ABRO Trading Fund (Amendment) Order 2003. This Order made an amendment to SI 2002/719.

SI 2003/405—Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 (Designation of Vessels and Controlled Sites) (Amendment) Order 2003. Needed to correct a geographical error in SI 2002/1761.

SI 2003/434—The Naval. Military and Air Forces Etc (Disablement & Death) Service Pensions (Amendment) Order 2003 updated the rate of pension payable to recipients.

SI 2003/637—Personnel Injuries (Civilians) Amendment Scheme 2002 updated the rate of pension payable to recipients.

SI 2003/786—Air Force Act 1955 (Part 1) Regulations 2001 (Amendment) Regulations 2003 updated previous Service Regulations not required to be made by statutory instruments.

Any costs to public funds arising from the above instruments are minimal. As the MOD is not a regulatory body there are few, if any, costs to businesses and individuals. Any cost relating to instruments made by MOD are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.