Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Sixteenth Report



SIXTEENTH REPORT

FROM THE JOINT COMMITTEE OF BOTH HOUSES APPOINTED TO SCRUTINISE STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, ETC.[1]

ORDERED TO REPORT:

  1. The Committee has considered the instruments set out in the Annex to this Report and has determined that the special attention of both Houses does not require to be drawn to any of them.

  2. A memorandum by the Department of Health in connection with the National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000/621) is printed in Appendix 1.

  3. A memorandum by the Department of Social Security in connection with the Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Levy) Amendment Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000/542) is printed in Appendix 2.

  4. A memorandum by the Treasury in connection with the Building Societies (General Charges and Fees) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000/668), the Industrial and Provident Societies (Credit Unions) (Fees) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000/669), the Industrial and Provident Societies (Fees) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000/673) and the Friendly Societies (General Charges and Fees) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000/674) is printed in Appendix 3.

  5. A memorandum by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions in connection with the Civil Aviation (Navigation Services Charges) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000/599) is printed in Appendix 4.



PUBLIC PROCESSIONS (NORTHERN IRELAND) ACT 1998 (ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT) ORDER 2000 (S.I. 2000/655)

  6. The Committee draws the special attention of both Houses to this Order on the ground that it is defectively drafted.

  7. Paragraph 12(5) of Schedule 1 to the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 states that the financial year of the Parades Commission shall be "the period of 12 months ending on 31st December". This order changes the accounting cycle by which the Commission is required to complete its accounts to the period of 12 months ending on 31st March in any year. The Committee asked the Northern Ireland Office to explain which 31st March was intended to be substituted for 31st December, given that the accounting period was required by the parent Statute to be 12 months. In the memorandum printed in Appendix 5 the Northern Ireland Office explain that the intended date is 31st March 2001 and that from that date, the accounting period will always end on 31st March. The Department accepts that transitional provisions will be necessary for the first year of change to make allowances for an interim period (in 2000 and 2001) of more than 12 months and undertakes to bring forward an amending order at the earliest possible opportunity. The Committee accordingly reports the order for defective drafting, acknowledged by the Department.


1   The Orders of Reference of the Committee are set out in the First Report, Session 1999-2000 (HL Paper 4; HC 47-i). Back


 
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