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Weekly Information Bulletin: 2nd March 2002

NORTHERN IRELAND LEGISLATION:
PROCEEDINGS AS AT 2 MARCH 2002

Delegated legislation dealing with certain reserved matters, and some Bills or Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly, are subject to Parliamentary procedure. The Parliamentary stages of any such legislation are detailed below.

MAP-Motion against presentation of Assembly Bill for Royal Assent

MCE-Motion that Act of Assembly shall cease to have effect

DLSC

Draft Order considered by a Delegated Legislation Standing Committee in the House of Commons.

NIGC

Proposal for a draft Order considered in the Northern Ireland Grand Committee.

U

Urgent Act or Order (not in draft form) laid before Parliament.

C

Consequential Order (not in draft form) laid before Parliament. (subject to negative procedure)

*

Taken formally.

SI

Statutory Instrument Number, shown after title

P

Provisional date for next stage i.e. PSC: 22.2.2000 - provisional standing committee 22 February 2000

For an explanation of Parliamentary consideration of Northern Ireland Legislation, see below, and HCIO Factsheet L8

Legislation of the Northern Ireland Assembly (s. 15 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998)

Some Northern Ireland Assembly Bills which include provisions dealing with exempted or reserved matters are required to be laid before Parliament for a period of 20 sitting days before being presented for Royal Assent. If a motion, signed by not less than 20 Members, disapproving of the Bill is tabled in either House during the 20-day period , the Bill shall not be presented for Royal Assent unless the motion is rejected or withdrawn. The date of tabling of any such motion will be shown below.

Assembly Bills of this type which the Secretary of State deems urgent (U) may be presented for Royal Assent before being laid before Parliament. Such Acts of the Assembly are then required to be laid before Parliament for 20 sitting days. If a motion, signed by not less than 20 Members, praying that the Act shall cease to have effect is tabled in either House during the 20-day period the Act and is agreed to, the Act of the Assembly may be repealed by Order in Council. The date of tabling of any such motion will be shown below.

Title of Bill or Act

Date Laid

Date MAP (if any) tabled against Bill

Royal Assent

Date MCE (if any) tabled against Act

None

       

Delegated Legislation relating to Northern Ireland (s. 85 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998)

Proposals for Orders in Council (other than Orders in Council made without Parliamentary approval by reason of urgency (U)) dealing with certain reserved matters must be laid for a period of 60 days to allow for consultation. The Government has indicated that it will normally refer such proposals to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee for debate. The subsequent draft Orders in Council must be approved by resolution of both Houses before being made (affirmative procedure).

Draft Orders in Council (other than Orders in Council made without Parliamentary approval by reason of urgency (U)) dealing with matters within the competence of a suspended Assembly under Schedule 1 of the Northern Ireland Act 2000 must be approved by resolution of both Houses before being made (affirmative procedure).

Orders in Council made before Parliamentary approval by reason of urgency (U) must be approved by both Houses within 40 days of being made.

  Title and SI No.

Proposal Laid

NIGC

Draft /Made Order Laid

DLSC

Approved by Commons

Approved by Lords

Life Sentences (NI) Order 2001/2564

   

26.6.2001

9.7.2001

11.7.2001*

12.7.2001

Police (NI) Order 2001/2513

   

18.7.2001

 

19.7.2001

23.7.2001

Criminal Injuries Compensation (NI) Order 2002 (Withdrawn)

   

7.2.2002

     

Criminal Injuries Compensation (NI) Order 2002

   

25.2.2002

     

 
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