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Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee - role

The Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee examines the policy merits of statutory instruments and other types of secondary legislation that are subject to parliamentary procedure.

Remit


The Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (SLSC) currently has two stages of scrutiny for instruments. The first stage, Stage 1 scrutiny, looks at instruments the government proposes should be laid as negatives, or ‘proposed negatives’ under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, and makes recommendations about whether these instruments should remain as negatives or be 'upgraded' to the affirmative resolution procedure.

The second stage, Stage 2 scrutiny, looks at all instruments and other types of secondary legislation that are subject to parliamentary procedure. This covers both negative and affirmative instruments, and instruments that have already been through the Stage 1 process and formally re-laid by the government. The Committee's criteria for reporting can be found in our terms of reference.

Sub-Committees

To deal with the increased number of instruments resulting from the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, the SLSC divided into two sub-committees, Sub-Committee A and Sub-Committee B, from October 2018 to April 2019. These sub-committees met weekly and had the same remit as the main Committee, which did not meet regularly during this period.

Accessing the work of the Committee

Further information on how to access the work of the Committee can be found in our 45th Report.

Further information

Other Committees looking at SIs

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee - scrutinises the proposals in Bills that give Ministers the power to make statutory instruments

Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments - a Committee of both Houses that scrutinises the legal drafting of statutory instruments

European Statutory Instruments Committee - a Committee of the House of Commons that scrutinises proposed negative instruments under the EU (Withdrawal) Act

More information about SIs

Legislation.gov.uk - contains electronic versions of all statutory instruments since 1987

Statutory Instrument Service - find statutory instruments and follow their progress

EU Withdrawal Act 2018 statutory instruments - lists all proposed negatives under the EU (Withdrawal Act) 2018