Ensuring standards in the quality of legislation

14 June 2012

The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee will continue its scrutiny of the processes by which Parliament and Government can ensure standards in the drafting of legislation.


Thursday 14 June 2012 at 10am in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 10.00 am: 

  • Richard Heaton, First Parliamentary Counsel, and
  • David Cook, Second Parliamentary Counsel

This is the second session in the Committee’s inquiry into Ensuring Standards in the Quality of Legislation.


The objectives of this session with First Parliamentary Counsel are to explain the role of the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel in the preparation and drafting of legislation; to consider whether legislation needs to be drafted in a clearer and more concise manner; to consider the interaction of the Office of Parliamentary Counsel with Departments, Bill teams and the Law Commission; to discuss the increasing volume of individual Acts, why this has occurred, and what solutions the Office for Parliamentary Counsel proposes; and to analyse whether constitutional bills should be treated differently to other bills.

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