Regulatory Reform Committee press notice

Session 2007-08 3 December 2007

PUBLICATION OF REPORT

Draft Legislative Reform Order (Local Authority Consent Requirements)(England and Wales) Order 2007


The Regulatory Reform Committee has considered the draft Legislative Reform (Local Authority Consent Requirements) (England and Wales) Order 2007 which was laid before the House of Commons on 25 July 2007. The Committee recommends unanimously that the draft Order should be approved.

The purpose of the draft Order is to remove four requirements on local authorities to obtain consent or approval from the Secretary of State or the Welsh Ministers, or in one case the Attorney General. Specifically, the draft Order would remove requirements for local authorities in England and Wales to obtain consent or approval before taking certain action under the following enactments: the Cancer Act 1939, s4; the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 14, paragraph 25; the Local Government (Overseas Assistance) Act 1993, s1; and the Education Act 1996, Schedule 1.

The Chairman of the Committee, Andrew Miller said:

"This draft Legislative Reform Order is the first of its kind laid by the Government under the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 which came into force on 8 January 2007. The Department for Communities and Local Government which was responsible for the Order stated that the proposals were part of its commitment to reduce unnecessary bureaucracy for local authorities. My Committee felt that it provided a good example of exactly the sort of legislative adjustment and streamlining that this form of statutory instrument ought to be aiming to achieve. In our report we suggest some small clarifying amendments to the footnotes and Explanatory Note. None of these amount to material changes. We therefore recommend that the draft Order should be proceeded with under section 18(3) of the said Act."

The Committee's assessment of the draft Order is published as its First Report of the 2007-08 Session at 2.00 pm on Monday 3 December 2007. It will be available from Stationery Office outlets (Ref HC 135).

The text of the report 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

This is the first draft Legislative Reform Order to come before the Committee. The purpose of the draft Order is to remove four requirements on local authorities to obtain consent or approval from the Secretary of State or the Welsh Ministers, or in one case the Attorney General. Specifically, the draft Order would remove requirements for local authorities in England and Wales to obtain consent or approval before taking certain action under the following enactments: the Cancer Act 1939, s4; the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 14, paragraph 25; the Local Government (Overseas Assistance) Act 1993, s1; and the Education Act 1996, Schedule 1.

The Regulatory Reform Committee is appointed to consider and report to the House on draft Legislative Reform Orders under the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006. Its full remit is set out in S.O. No. 141, which was approved on 4 July 2007.

The Members of the Committee are:

Andrew Miller, Labour, Ellesmere Port & Neston (Chairman)
Gordon Banks, Labour, Ochil and South Perthshire
Lorely Burt, Liberal Democrat, Solihull
Mr Quentin Davies, Labour, Grantham and Stamford
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
Judy Mallaber, Labour, Amber Valley
Dr Doug Naysmith, Labour Co/op, Bristol North West
Mr Jamie Reed, Labour, Copeland
Mr Anthony Steen, Conservative, Totnes
Phil Wilson, Labour, Sedgefield

For further information on the work of the Committee, contact Liz Booth, Secretary / Committee Assistant (020 7219 2837); or see the Committee's website www.parliament.uk/regrefcom