Select Committee on Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Fourteenth Report


EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (REPRESENTATION) BILL - GOVERNMENT AMENDMENTS FOR COMMITTEE STAGE

22.  We published in our 12th Report of this Session (HL Paper 63) the Government's response (in the form of a letter from the Lord Chancellor) to the recommendations we made in respect of this bill contained in our 11th Report (HL Paper 55). The Government has taken this matter forward by tabling a number of amendments which were considered in Grand Committee on 13 March. The Lord Chancellor's Department provided a supplementary delegated powers memorandum to accompany the amendments. The memorandum is printed in Annex 5 to this Report.

COURTS BILL [HL] -

GOVERNMENT AMENDMENTS FOR COMMITTEE STAGE

INTRODUCTION

23.  The Committee reported on this bill in our 2nd Report of this Session (HL Paper 20). The Committee has now been invited to comment on Government amendments to be taken in Grand Committee. There is one set of amendments (to clause 92 of the bill) which relates to delegated powers. The Lord Chancellor's Department has provided a supplementary delegated powers memorandum which is printed in Annex 6 to this report and sets out, in detail, the purpose of the amendments.

CLAUSE 92

24.  Clause 92 replaces section 2 of the Damages Act 1996 with new sections 2, 2A and 2B, and gives the courts the power to order periodical payments for future pecuniary loss in personal injury cases without the consent of the parties. Under new section 2(3), a court may not make such an order unless it is satisfied that the continuity of payment under the order is reasonably secure. Government amendments to the bill have been tabled to new section 2(4) and 2(7) to provide that payments made by "government and health service bodies" are to be considered reasonably secure for the purpose of this provision. A further amendment enables the Lord Chancellor to designate by order (subject to the negative procedure) the bodies that are "government and health service bodies" for the purposes of new sections 2(4) and 2(7).

25.  We find both the delegation and the level of scrutiny appropriate.

CONCLUSION

26.  There is nothing in these amendments in respect of the delegated powers to which the Committee wishes to draw the attention of the House.

NORTHERN IRELAND ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS BILL

27.  This bill contains no delegated powers.

PREVENTION OF DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS BILL [HL]
  1. This bill contains no delegated powers.



 
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