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Legislative & Regulatory Reform Bill
To allow Ministers to reform outdated or overcomplicated legislation more quickly

Responsible department: Cabinet Office
Origin: House of Commons
Introduced: 11 Nov 2005
Second reading: 9 Feb 2006
Committee stage: 28 Feb, 7 & 9 March 2006
Report stage: 15,16 May 2006

First reading: 17 May 2006
Second reading: 13 June 2006
Committee stage: 11, 19 & 25 July 2006
Report stage: 26 October 2006
Third Reading: 1 November 2006

ROYAL ASSENT: 8 November 2006
  • Extending the scope of Regulatory Reform Order (RRO) so they can enact non-controversial changes to the statute book, such as simplifying regulations.
  • Enabling the implementation of uncontroversial Law Commission recommendations, including those that amend the common law
  • Providing ministers with the power to sub-delegate
  • Removing the current legislation on using an RRO to amend legislation less than 2 years old, or provisions which have been amended in the previous 2 years
  • Enabling a RRO to be used to lessen burdens on a minister or government department in order to ease public sector reform.
  • Contains provisions to make the proposed new risk-based Regulatory Compliance Code statutory, and to define its remit

    Second reading Lords 13 June 2006: No votes, but concerns raised about the scope of the bill to:
    -Automatically implement some Law Commission recommendations
    -Amend the Human Rights Act
    -Amend the first part of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill itself
    -Implement EU directives

    From the 63 powers detailed in the first draft of this controversial bill, 27 are intact. It is expected that the Lords will do much to curb its powers during the remaining stages of the bill.

  • The bill is the result of a number of reviews looking at the impact of the Regulatory Reform Act 2001.

    This widened ministers' powers to bring orders that changed the law before Parliament, without first being given explicit permission to do so by an Act.

    The government now considers this 2001 Act to be inadequate and the Legislative & Regulatory Reform Bill would replace it.

  • The Regulatory Reform Committee has briefly examined this bill and has warned that more safeguards need to be introduced to the bill as it stands.

    Neither opposition party support the bill in its present form and Lord Grocott - the government's Chief Whip in the Lords - has written to the prime minister warning that this bill will be "exceptionally difficult" to get through the Upper House.

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