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Inquiry into the Quality of delegated powers memoranda

Status: The report was published on 31 July 2014.

One of the principal purposes of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee is 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 assist it in its work, the Government provide a delegated powers memorandum on each Government bill which identifies provisions for delegated legislation in the bill, and explain the procedure selected and why it has been chosen.
 
Given the importance of delegated powers memoranda to the Committee’s scrutiny of bills, the Committee has decided to undertake a short inquiry into how delegated powers memoranda are prepared and quality assured, and what can be done to ensure that an acceptable standard of memorandum is achieved and maintained.

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    • Reports and associated evidence - reports and evidence featuring written submissions and corrected oral evidence published at the conclusion of Committee inquiries. Evidence is periodically updated over the course of an inquiry and is not finalised until the relevant Report is published.
    • Uncorrected oral evidence - transcripts of oral evidence not yet approved by the Committee or witnesses.
    • Other oral evidence - corrected transcripts of oral evidence, usually taken for scrutiny purposes or for ad hoc/regular evidence sessions with Ministers.
    • Evidence - written submissions and corrected oral evidence published for scrutiny purposes or for ad hoc/regular evidence sessions with Ministers.
    • Responses to Reports - Government Department and European Commission responses to reports.
    • Call for Evidence - request to submit evidence to a Committee inquiry.
    • Correspondence - correspondence received and sent by the Committee excluding ministerial correspondence.
    • Correspondence with Ministers - Ministerial correspondence received and sent by the Committee.
    • Progress of Scrutiny - records the decisions taken by the EU Committee on European documents that have been deposited in Parliament for scrutiny.