Procedure Committee (Commons)

Exiting the European Union: scrutiny of delegated legislation inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Due to the general election on 12 December 2019 the Committee has now closed this inquiry. Following the dissolution of Parliament on 6 November, all Select Committees will cease to exist until after the general election. If an inquiry on this subject is held in the future, the Committee may refer to the evidence already gathered as part of this inquiry.

Scope of the inquiry

This inquiry, which draws on the work of the Committee on this subject in the 2015 Parliament, focuses on two areas of significant concern:

  • the provisions being made for Parliamentary scrutiny of delegated legislation in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and in the subsequent "Brexit bills" announced in the Queen's Speech and expected to be introduced during the present two-year session of Parliament.
  • the adequacy of procedures in the House of Commons for appropriate scrutiny of such delegated legislation.

Inquiry updates

NEW: Call for evidence on Withdrawal Agreement Bill issued

18 September 2018

The Committee is seeking written submissions on the likely implications for delegated legislation of a Withdrawal Agreement Bill, in advance of an oral evidence session with DExEU Ministers on Wednesday 10 October.

Submissions are invited to arrive by 5.00 pm on Tuesday 10 October.

To send a written submission to the Committee, use the link at the bottom of this page.

Phase 2 report published

9 July 2018

The Committee has published its report on scrutiny of delegated legislation under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, including recommendations for the operation of the new European Statutory Instruments Committee.

Further call for evidence issued

21 December 2017

The Committee has issued a further call for evidence seeking views on the operation of the proposed sifting committee to consider secondary legislation under the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

Interim report published

6 November 2017

The Committee has published its report on scrutiny of delegated legislation under the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

Initial call for evidence issued

15 September 2017

The Procedure Committee announces an inquiry into Exiting the EU: scrutiny of delegated legislation.


Next meeting(s)

There are currently no public meetings scheduled.

Proposed temporary Standing Orders for a sifting committee mechanism

On 7 December 2017 the Chair of the Committee wrote to the Leader of the House to request that a proposal for temporary standing orders to establish a committee to sift statutory instruments laid under certain provisions of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill be tabled on Future Business.

On 11 December 2017 the Leader of the House tabled the proposal below to the Future Business section of the Order Paper. This contains items of business expected to be taken in the House on a future day.

The Leader of the House has expressed the intention to move the motion to establish temporary Standing Orders once the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill has received Royal Assent.

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