Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Fifteenth Report


APPENDIX 4

Memorandum from the Department of Health

EAST SUSSEX HOSPITALS NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE TRUST (ESTABLISHMENT) AND THE EASTBOURNE HOSPITALS NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE TRUST AND HASTINGS AND ROTHER NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE TRUST (DISSOLUTION) ORDER 2002 (S.I. 2003/216)

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

This Order was made on 25 March 2002 and came into force on 1 April 2002. It was not published until February 2003. Explain the reason for the delay. (The Department is referred to section 2(1) of the Statutory Instruments Act 1946.)

2. The delay in publication was the result of an administrative error last March at a time when there was a high volume of Statutory Instruments to process. The fact that the Order had not been printed and published only came to the Department's notice when the minor amendment was proposed for April 1st 2003. This required immediate printing and publication of the Order so as to amend it. The Department apologises for the administrative mistakes and for the delay and will take steps to ensure that it does not happen again.

20 March 2003


 
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