Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Twenty-Third Report



Second Memorandum by the Lord Chancellor's Department

JUDICIAL PENSIONS AND RETIREMENT ACT 1993 (ADDITION OF QUALIFYING JUDICIAL OFFICES) ORDER 1999 (S.I. 1999/1454)

  1. By a letter dated 16 June 1999, the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments has requested the Department to submit a memorandum on the following point:

    "Does the Department wish to elaborate upon the statement contained in their memorandum of 21 May 1999 that the breach of the 21 days rule occurred because of "a loss of the relevant papers between interested Departments"?"

  2. The Department of Social Security and the Lord Chancellor's Department had agreed, exceptionally, that DSS would draft the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993 (Addition of Qualifying Judicial Offices) Order 1999 on behalf of LCD alongside a DSS Commencement Order also required to come into force on 1 June. This made necessary extensive liaison between the Departments. A change of responsibilities within LCD led to a critical delay in papers sent by the DSS reaching the correct official in LCD as the deadline for the 21 day rule approached. Regrettably, this prevented the order from being laid in compliance with the 21 day rule.

21 June 1999


 
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