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Consolidation Bill

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what criteria the Law Commission uses to select proposed consolidation Bills; what consultation is undertaken by the Law Commission prior to the introduction of a consolidation Bill; how (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public may suggest issues for consolidation; and if she will make a statement. (89691)

In deciding whether to embark on a consolidation, the Law Commission will take into account a number of factors. These will include: the extent to which there has been pressure for a consolidation (either from within government or from other quarters), the size and complexity of the project, the departmental and Law Commission resources that would be available to prepare the consolidation and how likely it is that there will be further amending legislation before it is completed.

The extent to which consultation is undertaken before a consolidation is introduced varies. As the consolidation is being prepared the Law Commission will consult regularly with the responsible Department and there may well be consultation with a number of other stakeholders. The current practice is that before the Bill is introduced it will be published for general consultation.

Any person may suggest possible topics for inclusion in the Law Commission’s consolidation programme at any time by writing to the Chief Executive at The Law Commission, Conquest House, 37-38 John Street, Theobalds Road, London WC1N 2BQ.