Select Committee on Delegated Powers and Deregulation Twenty-Ninth Report



TWENTY-NINTH REPORT


4 OCTOBER 2000


By the Select Committee appointed to report whether the provisions of any bill inappropriately delegate legislative power, or whether they subject the exercise of legislative power to an inappropriate degree of parliamentary scrutiny; to report on documents laid before Parliament under section 3(3) of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 and on draft orders laid under section 1(4) of that Act; and to perform, in respect of such documents and orders, the functions performed in respect of other instruments by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments.

ORDERED TO REPORT

POLITICAL PARTIES, ELECTIONS AND REFERENDUMS BILL - GOVERNMENT AMENDMENTS FOR COMMITTEE STAGE

1. The Committee reported on this bill in its 11th Report (29 March).[1] The Government has tabled a large number of amendments for Committee Stage and the Home Office has provided the Committee with a memorandum which identifies and discusses those amendments which create new delegated legislative powers or affect powers already in the bill. The memorandum is printed in the Annex to this report.

2. The Committee has found the memorandum helpful and accepts that it gives an accurate account of the relevant amendments. The Committee notes that the amendments include a set of amendments concerned with the definition of "sponsorship" for the purposes of various provisions in the bill and that those amendments create five delegated powers to amend the definition for particular purposes. An amending order can be made only on the recommendation of the Electoral Commission and the order would be subject to affirmative procedure.

3. Once again[2] the Committee has had to consider a large number of amendments only days before they are to be discussed in Committee. However the Committee is satisfied that there are no amendments which it needs to draw to the attention of the House.[3]


1  HL Paper 52. Back
2  This is the 20th occasion on which the Committee has reported on Government amendments in the present session. Back
3  This report is also published on the Internet at the House of Lords Select Committee Home Page (http://www.parliament.uk), where further information about the work of the Committee is also available. Back

 
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