RRC PN (2005-06) 08

Session 2005-06 22 March 2006

Publication of reports


1. Government Response to the Committee's First Special Report of Session 2005-06: Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

The report (Government Response to the Committee's First Special Report of Session 2005-06: Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill) will be published at 2.00 pm on Thursday 23 March.

The Report will be published as its Second Special Report of the current Session.

It will be available from all Stationery Office outlets (Ref HC 1004).

2. Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Subordinate Provisions Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/484)

The Committee has considered this instrument and has determined that the special attention of the House does not require to be drawn to it.

Under our standing order we are required by the House to report on any subordinate provisions orders or draft orders made or proposed to be made. This report deals with the first such order ever made, which relates to the commencement date of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

The report will be published at 2.00 pm on Thursday 23 March.

The Report will be published as its Fourth Report of the current Session.

It will be available from all Stationery Office outlets (Ref HC 1005).

The texts of both reports will also be available on the Committee's website from 3.30 pm on the day of publication. (www.parliament.uk/regrefcom)

Notes for Editors

1. The Regulatory Reform Committee published its report into the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill on 6 February 2006. The Government has now provided its response.

2. The normal business of the Regulatory Reform Committee is the scrutiny of regulatory reform proposals and draft orders made under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 and any matter arising from our consideration of the proposals. Included in our responsibilities under our standing order is a requirement to consider whether any provisions of a regulatory reform order are designated as "subordinate", whether that designation is appropriate, and whether the parliamentary procedure applying to such subordinate provisions is appropriate. Subordinate provisions are appropriate to minor ancillary or technical provisions, such as commencement dates.

3. The Regulatory Reform Committee has the task of examining and reporting to the House on every document containing proposals laid before the House under section 6 of the Regulatory Reform Act and every draft order proposed to be made under section 1 of that Act. The Committee also oversees the operation of the regulatory reform procedure.

4. Since the passage of the Regulatory Reform Act, 27 regulatory reform orders have been made. Copies of all proposals and draft Orders are available on the Cabinet Office website at http://www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/regulation/rra/rro/proposals.asp

5. The Members of the Committee are:

Andrew Miller, Labour, Ellesmere Port & Neston (Chairman)
Gordon Banks, Labour, Ochil and South Perthshire
Mr James Gray, Conservative, North Wiltshire
Stephen Hammond, Conservative, Wimbledon
John Hemming, Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley
Mrs Sharon Hodgson, Labour, Gateshead East & Washington West
Mr Stewart Jackson, Conservative, Peterborough
Dr Doug Naysmith, Labour Co/op, Bristol North West
Mr Jamie Reed, Labour, Copeland
Bob Russell, Liberal Democrat, Colchester
Alison Seabeck, Labour, Plymouth, Devonport
Mr Andrew Slaughter, Labour, Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush
Ms Angela C Smith, Labour, Sheffield, Hillsborough
Mr Anthony Steen, Conservative, Totnes

For further information on the work of the Committee, contact Mick Hillyard, Clerk of the Committee (020 7219 2830); or see the Committee's website www.parliament.uk/regrefcom