Lords discusses scrutiny of regulations

The House of Lords chamber at work.
07 November 2017

Members of the House of Lords discussed the government's introduction of three separate sets of regulations and a report from the Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee on Monday 6 November.

Lord Tunnicliffe (Labour) proposed a motion to regret that the government introduced three regulations without sufficient assessment of their effectiveness and value for money.

His motion also noted a report from the Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, which scrutinises regulations, questioning 'the seriousness with which the Government view the process of scrutiny of secondary legislation'.

Following the debate in the House of Lords chamber, the motion was withdrawn.

If agreed, this motion would not have stopped the regulations, all of which came into force in June 2017, but would have provided an opportunity for the House to put on record its regret that the government failed to provide sufficient assessment of the process involved and to note the committee report findings.

How do these regulations become law?

These regulations were subject to the negative procedure, meaning that they would not normally be debated unless a member objects by putting down a motion. All three regulations came into force in June 2017.

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