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Former Inquiries

The Number of Corrections to Statutory Instruments in 2014   This highlights the marked increase in errors of various types and suggests ways that the government should address them. 

Government Consultations

Since the Government published its Consultation Principles in July 2012, the Committee has kept an eye on developments in consultation practice.  For session 2014-15 it acquired a new term of reference to draw attention to inadequate consultations. This followed a number of reports:

In January 2015 Oliver Letwin gave evidence to the Committee  following which a number of minor changes were made to the Consultation Principles. 23rd Report, session 2015-16. In that session he announced that the Cabinet Office would publish a review of government consultation practice in January 2017.

What happened next?  A study of Post-Implementation Reviews of secondary legislation 2009
Government Departments should usually evaluate legislation within 3 to 5 years of it becoming law to see whether it is having the intended effect. This  report found that only 54% had done any sort of evaluation.

Cumulative impact of statutory instruments on schools
In the 2006-07 session the Department for Education (then called DCSF) made over 100 regulations that affected schools. Based on evidence from teachers, heads and governors the report recommends less legislation and proposes ways to manage it better.

The Management of Secondary Legislation 2006
The first report in 2006 illustrated good and bad practice from Whitehall Departments in how regulations are explained, consulted on and costed. We followed this up two years later to see what progress Departments had made.