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Statutory Instruments

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Leader of the House how many statutory instruments subject to the (a) negative and (b) affirmative procedure have been laid before the House in each year since 1990. (260074)

The information is only readily available on a sessional basis and is published each year in the Sessional Returns. The following table shows the number of statutory instruments laid before the House in each Session from 1990-91 to 2007-08.

Session

Affirmative instruments

Negative instruments

1990-91

201

1,072

1991-92

95

611

1992-93

277

1,723

1993-94

174

1,226

1994-95

188

1,316

1995-96

199

1,309

1996-97

151

903

1997-98

225

1,591

1998-99

178

1,266

1999-2000

180

1,241

2000-01

123

717

2001-02

262

1,468

2002-03

233

1,158

2003-04

207

1,038

2004-05

126

660

2005-06

271

1,583

2006-07

223

1,135

2007-08

257

1,049

To ask the Leader of the House how many statutory instruments subject to the (a) negative and (b) affirmative procedure have been debated in delegated legislation committees and their predecessor committees in each year since 1990. (260075)

The information, which is published each year in the Sessional Returns, is set out in the following table.

The total number of affirmative instruments considered in committee each Session will differ from the total number laid in that Session for a number of reasons: some instruments are considered on the Floor of the House or in a Grand Committee; some items which are not laid as instruments may be agreed by the House to be treated as such; instruments may be considered in the Session after the one in which they were laid; and instruments may be withdrawn before they are considered.

Information about the procedure to which an instrument was subject was not compiled before 1995-96.

Session

Affirmative

Negative

Other

Total

1990-91

139

1991-92

60

1992-93

199

1993-94

69

1994-95

126

1995-96

113

29

142

1996-97

94

14

108

1997-98

168

11

0

179

1998-99

149

28

0

177

1999-2000

156

16

2

174

2000-01

116

6

0

122

2001-02

217

41

0

258

2002-03

200

40

0

240

2003-04

169

16

0

185

2004-05

1109

8

0

117

2005-06

2241

329

0

270

2006-07

4186

515

0

201

2007-08

6188

24

0

212

1 Of which, one was not laid as an instrument but was agreed by the House to be treated as such.

2 Of which, nine were not laid as instruments but were agreed by the House to be treated as such.

3 Of which, two were not laid as instruments but were agreed by the House to be treated as such.

4 Of which, four were not laid as instruments but were agreed by the House to be treated as such.

5 Of which, three were not laid as instruments but were agreed by the House to be treated as such.

6 Of which, one was not laid as an instrument but was agreed by the House to be treated as such.