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Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill March 9, 2006

Posted by bill111 in Politics.
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It gives any 'Minister of the Crown' the ability to amend or repeal any Act of Parliament…without consulting Parliament.

Some people are calling it the "Abolition of Parliament Bill"

So what does it do?

It effectively takes power away from Parliament and places it firmly in the hands of Ministers.

What that means is that a minister could then repeal this Act (if passed) at his will…and remove the limitations.

There are some limitations though… it can't be used for taxation, and it can't be used to create an offence with a punishment of more than two years in prison. That's it.

Here are a few interesting quotes:

1 Purpose

(1) A Minister of the Crown may by order make provision for either or both of the following purposes—

(a) reforming legislation;

(b) implementing recommendations of any one or more of the United Kingdom
Law Commissions, with or without change

An order under section 1 may for either purpose specified in subsection (1) of that section make provision amending, repealing or replacing any legislation.

Provision under subsection (1) may amend, repeal or replace legislation in anyway that an Act might, and in particular may amend, repeal or replace legislation so as to-

(a) confer functions on any person (including functions of legislating or functions relating to the charging of fees);

An order under section 1 may make such consequential, supplementary, incidental or transitional provision (including provision amending, repealing or replacing any legislation or other provision) as the Minister making it considers appropriate.

It also binds the Crown to decisions made by the ministers, removing the ability of the Monarch to refuse assent to any change which might to huge damage, which would have been the 'last line of defence'.

How can this be a good thing? How can we allow this to happen?

And more importantly; how has this keep kept hush hush?

BBC article
Times article
Guardian article 1
Guardian article 2
Guardian article 3
Guardian article 4

What can I do?

  • You can write to your MP, telling him/her you disapprove of the bill.
  • Tell your friends about the bill and this site.
  • Distribute leaflets around your school/college, place of work or even in your local town.


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Comments

1. Oliver Heald MP - March 10, 2006

The Bill needs three kinds of safeguard and I have put forward amendments in Committee about:

1) Purpose: it should be only be possible for the fast track to be used to deregulate or to make non-controversial simplifications or Law Commission Bills.

2) Reserved matters: it should not be possible to use the fast track for constitutional or important or controversial changes. These should be reserved for our usual procedures.

3) Procedural veto: there should be a procedure whereby a Committee or the Houses of Parliament can simply veto use of the fast track for inappropriate measures.

Unless the Bill is amended to provide safeguards, it is must not be passed. The Minister has promised to make changes, but so far no amendments have been forthcoming. He has welcomed the Select Committee Report suggesting changes, but many of my amendments in Committee based on the Select Committee’s findings have not found favour with the Minister.

Unless the proper protections are put in place, this Bill would have profound implications for democracy and would be a move towards government by Ministerial fiat. We have bent over backwards to provide opportunities for the Minister to put things right by offering amendments. There is a need for a Bill to help with deregulation and the government’s own consultation showed support for the sort of Bill we are arguing for. Concern is growing on both sides of the business world with business organizations pressing for necessary safeguards and the TUC expressing concern that the Bill is too widely drawn.
Oliver Heald MP – Conservative Spokesman on the Bill

2. Watching Them, Watching Us - March 10, 2006

Suggestion: You probably need a link somewhere in the righthand column to the full text of the latest version of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill 2006:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmbills/141/2006141.htm

Question: Is bill141.wordpress.com avalable, since this is actually Bill number 141 rather than 111 according to the Parliament website / Hansard etc. ?

3. downwiththis - March 10, 2006

It was 111 orignially http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmbills/111/2006111.htm

141 is the Standing Committee A amended version

4. Murk - March 11, 2006

I’d like to draw your attention to my efforts on this topic:

http://www.murky.org/archives/current_affairs/uk_news/uk_politics/totalitarianism_bill/

I’m about to link to your site in a post which should appear at about 11:30 this morning.

5. Murky.org - March 11, 2006

The Cabinet Office writes on the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

Baroness Amos’ office forwarded my letter onto the Cabinet Office. They have written to me with this reply. It really does need a response. I have a few ideas, but any comments would be gratefully received. Better Regulation Executive 6th…

6. Murky.org » Blog Archive » The Cabinet Office writes on the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill - May 12, 2008

[…] Against the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill – and the First post on this site, and a handy […]

7. The Cabinet Office writes on the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill » Murky Blog - December 13, 2008

[…] Against the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill – and the First post on this site, and a handy […]


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