Statutory Instruments, &c.
LIST NO. 24 : Friday 10 February 2017


Treaties subject to negative resolution procedure

Some treaties are subject to negative procedure before they are ratified. Section 20 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act provides for a period of 21 sitting days (days on which both Houses sit), beginning with the sitting day after a copy of the treaty is laid before Parliament, within which either House may resolve that the treaty should not be ratified. There are provisions for the period to be extended and, if either House resolves that the treaty should not be ratified, a Minister may lay a statement indicating that he or she is of the opinion that the treaty should nevertheless be ratified (and why). If such a statement follows a resolution of the House of Commons that the treaty should not be ratified, this triggers a further 21-day period during which the House of Commons may come to the same resolution again.

Name of treaty

Laid before the House

No. of days unexpired on date of issue

European Union Series No. 1 (2017),-Protocol, done at Brussels on 14 December 2016, on Privileges and Immunities of the Unified Patent Court (Cm. 9405)

20 Jan


Miscellaneous Series No. 1 (2017),-Second Protocol, done at The Hague on 26 March 1999, to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict 1999 (Cm. 9411)

6 Feb



Prepared 9th February 2017