Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Twenty-Fifth Report



APPENDIX II

Memorandum by the Department of Social Security

SOCIAL SECURITY AND CHILD SUPPORT (DECISIONS AND APPEALS) AMENDMENT (NO. 2) REGULATIONS 1999 (S.I. 1999/1623)

SOCIAL SECURITY AND CHILD SUPPORT (DECISIONS AND APPEALS) AMENDMENT (NO. 3) REGULATIONS 1999 (S.I. 1999/1670)

  1. The Committee has requested a Memorandum on the following point:

      Explain why the amendments made by both instruments to the same principal Regulations (S.I.1999/991) were not made in one instrument.

  2. The principal Regulations made provision in relation to new arrangements for decision making and appeals introduced by the Social Security Act 1998. The amendments made by S.I.1999/1623 were concerned principally with those arrangements as they relate to benefits for disability and incapacity, while those made by S.I.1999/1670 were concerned mainly with securing that the new social security arrangements would work satisfactorily alongside the separate decision making system operated by the Inland Revenue and the Tax Appeal Commissioners in relation to (among other things) social security contributions.

  3. Each amending instrument was therefore concerned with distinct aspects of the Department's business, in relation to which policy was being developed separately. Although the question of including all the amendments in a single instrument was considered at an early stage of drafting, it was not at that point sufficiently certain that the policy could be finalised and the drafting completed on all aspects in time to merge all amendments into a single instrument which could be laid before Parliament in compliance with the "21 day rule".

  4. In the event it did, just, prove possible to prepare and lay both instruments in time. The Department would like to assure the Committee that it recognises the need to minimise wherever possible the number of amending instruments made in relation to any principal instrument, and it regrets that all of the amendments could not be included in a single instrument on this occasion.

6th July 1999


 
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