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Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 14 November 2007

My Lords, I beg to move the five Motions standing in my name on the Order Paper.

Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Moved, That a Select Committee be appointed to consider the Merits of Statutory Instruments.

(1) The committee shall, subject to the exceptions in paragraph (2), consider—

(a) every instrument (whether or not a statutory instrument), or draft of an instrument, which is laid before each House of Parliament and upon which proceedings may be, or might have been, taken in either House of Parliament under an Act of Parliament;

(b) every proposal which is in the form of a draft of such an instrument and is laid before each House of Parliament under an Act of Parliament,

with a view to determining whether or not the special attention of the House should be drawn to it on any of the grounds specified in paragraph (3).

(2) The exceptions are—

(a) remedial orders, and draft remedial orders, under Section 10 of the Human Rights Act 1998;

(b) draft orders under Sections 14 and 18 of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006, and subordinate provisions orders made or proposed to be made under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001;

(c) Measures under the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919 and instruments made, and drafts of instruments to be made, under them.

(3) The grounds on which an instrument, draft or proposal may be drawn to the special attention of the House are—

(a) that it is politically or legally important or gives rise to issues of public policy likely to be of interest to the House;

(b) that it may be inappropriate in view of changed circumstances since the enactment of the parent Act;

(c) that it may inappropriately implement European Union legislation;

(d) that it may imperfectly achieve its policy objectives.

(4) The committee shall also consider such other general matters relating to the effective scrutiny of the merits of statutory instruments and arising from the performance of its functions under paragraphs (1) to (3) as the committee considers appropriate, except matters within the orders of reference of the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments.

That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Members be appointed to the committee:

B Butler-Sloss

L Crisp

B Deech

V Eccles

L Filkin (Chairman)

B Kingsmill

L James of Blackheath

L Lucas

B Maddock

B Thomas of Winchester

L Tunnicliffe;

That the committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;

That the committee have leave to report from time to time;

That the reports of the committee shall be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House;

That the evidence taken by the committee shall, if the committee so wish, be published.

Constitution Committee

Moved, That a Select Committee be appointed to examine the constitutional implications of all Public Bills coming before the House; and to keep under review the operation of the constitution;

That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Members be appointed to the committee:

V Bledisloe

L Goodlad (Chairman)

L Lyell of Markyate

L Morris of Aberavon

B O’Cathain

L Norton of Louth

L Peston

B Quin

L Rodgers of Quarry Bank

L Rowlands

L Smith of Clifton

L Woolf;

That the committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the committee have power to adjourn from place to place;

That the committee have leave to report from time to time;

That the reports of the committee shall be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House;

That the evidence taken by the committee in the last Session of Parliament be referred to the committee;

That the evidence taken by the committee shall, if the committee so wish, be published.

Joint Committee on Human Rights

Moved, That a Select Committee of six members be appointed to join with the committee appointed by the Commons as the Joint Committee on Human Rights:

To consider:

(a) matters relating to human rights in the United Kingdom (but excluding consideration of individual cases);

(b) proposals for remedial orders, draft remedial orders and remedial orders made under Section 10 of and laid under Schedule 2 to the Human Rights Act 1998; and

(c) in respect of draft remedial orders and remedial orders, whether the special attention of the House should be drawn to them on any of the grounds specified in Standing Order 74 (Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments);

To report to the House:

(a) in relation to any document containing proposals laid before the House under paragraph 3 of the said Schedule 2, its recommendation whether a draft order in the same terms as the proposals should be laid before the House; or

(b) in relation to any draft order laid under paragraph 2 of the said Schedule 2, its recommendation whether the draft order should be approved;

and to have power to report to the House on any matter arising from its consideration of the said proposals or draft orders; and

To report to the House in respect of any original order laid under paragraph 4 of the said Schedule 2, its recommendation whether:

(a) the order should be approved in the form in which it was originally laid before Parliament; or

(b) that the order should be replaced by a new order modifying the provisions of the original order; or

(c) that the order should not be approved;

and to have power to report to the House on any matter arising from its consideration of the said order or any replacement order;

That the following Members be appointed to the committee:

L Dubs

L Fraser of Carmyllie

L Lester of Herne Hill

L Morris of Handsworth

E Onslow

B Stern;

That the committee have power to agree with the committee appointed by the Commons in the appointment of a chairman;

That the quorum of the committee shall be two;

That the committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the committee have power to adjourn from place to place;

That the committee have leave to report from time to time;

That the reports of the committee shall be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House;

That the evidence taken by the committee in the last Session of Parliament be referred to the committee;

That the evidence taken by the committee shall, if the committee so wish, be published.

Information Committee

Moved, That a Select Committee be appointed to consider information and communications services, including the Library and the Parliamentary Archives, within financial limits approved by the House Committee;

That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Members be appointed to the committee:

L Brooke of Alverthorpe

B Coussins

E Erroll

B Gibson of Market Rasen

B Greenfield

L Jones of Cheltenham

L Kalms

L Methuen

B Miller of Hendon

B Prosser

L Puttnam

L Renton of Mount Harry (Chairman)

L Taylor of Warwick;

That the committee have leave to report from time to time.

Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Moved, In accordance with Standing Order 74 and the resolution of the House of 16 December 1997, that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Members be appointed to join with a committee of the Commons as the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments:

L Campbell of Alloway

L Dykes

L Gould of Brookwood

B Jones of Whitchurch

L Kimball

C Mar

L Walpole.—(The Chairman of Committees.)

On Question, Motions agreed to.