18 June 1997
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.
EDUCATION (SCHOOLS) BILL
1. This bill abolishes
assisted places schemes subject to transitional arrangements for
children already holding such places. Clause 3 enables the Secretary
of State to make regulations in connection with the ending of
assisted places in England and Wales. The powers are as wide
as they could be for this purpose but there is a requirement for
consultation (subsection (7)) and the regulations are subject
to negative procedure (subsection (8)).
2. Clause 5 provides
for the phasing out of assisted places in Scotland. Subsection
(1)(e) extends an existing power to make regulations to take account
of the changes made by the clause. The regulation making power
is already subject to negative procedure. There is also a limited
commencement power in clause 7(3)(b).
3. There is nothing
in the Bill which the Committee wishes to draw to the attention
of the House.LAW OFFICERS BILL [HL]
4. There are no
delegated legislative powers in this bill.