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Volume 713: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a Minister has had to approve formally each new piece of environmental legislation; and, if so, what form have such statements of approval usually taken in each of the past five years. [HL5752]

All proposals for legislation are approved by Ministers before being submitted to Parliament. All Bills sponsored by Defra are approved by Defra Ministers before introduction to Parliament and all Defra-sponsored secondary legislation is signed by Ministers personally. These practices have been adhered to throughout the past five years.