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Join the Campaign March 20, 2006

Posted by bill111 in Politics.

In association with Save Parliament! I very strongly urge you to sign up and join the campaign top stop "The Abolition of Parliament Bill".

Once you sign up, Save Parliament! will keep you updated with what's going on and how to get involved.

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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1. jax - March 20, 2006

Good site – like wading through treacle though isn’t it, trying to persuade ppl to fight back. With you all the way though, and doing my best to spread the word.

2. Francis Irving - March 21, 2006

Treacle! It’s much more positive than that. Everyone I talk to is engaged, interested, usually now has vaguely heard of it already. We need to keep pressing, build up this (genuinely!) grassroots campaign.

3. jax - March 21, 2006

Really? Most ppl just glaze over at the thought of doing anything – although I have managed to get a few ppl to write to their mps. Some feedback being seen on various blogs as well.

4. Priscilla Cullen - March 22, 2006

The Campaign for an English Parliament is opposing this Bill not only because a similar enabling Bill allowed Hitler to become a dictator but also because it allows Ministers representing Scotland and Wales to veto measures but no one representing England’s interests. We are requestign our members to write to their MPs to oppose.

5. Murky.org - March 22, 2006

The Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act – discussed on Law in Action, Radio 4

On the 22nd at 4pm, on Radio 4, ‘Law in Action’ discussed the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill which I have written a lot about in recent weeks. To clarify, this is a bill with a boring name, but it…

6. Nik - March 22, 2006

I’ve been reading the Bill (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmbills/111/06111.1-4.html#j001) and I’m wondering whether I’ve misread something.

Section 4 says:

(1) Provision under section 2(1) may not confer a function of legislating on a Minister of the Crown (alone or otherwise) unless the conditions in subsections (2) and (3) are satisfied.


(3) The condition in this subsection is that such a statutory instrument—

(a) is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament; or

(b) is not to be made unless a draft of the statutory instrument has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

This seems to be saying that either

a) Parliament can annul any legislation brought in this way
b) Parliament gets to review and approve legislation before it’s brought in this way

With that safeguard in place, does this Bill pose that big a threat? Or have I missed something?

7. Godfrey Newham - March 27, 2006

Nik, as the Bill stands, Parliament must either accept or reject any Minister’s draft order presented to them. If he uses the so-called ‘Negative Resolution Procedure’ (section 14), there is no opportunity for debate. Any government with a strong majority could whip its MPs into loyally voting for any undemocratic measure it wanted to introduce. It’s a big threat as I see it.
And you realize that even these slight and inadequate safeguards could be removed by means of the same order procedure.
If this Government is prepared to try to sneak this awful Bill through Parliament, why should it hesitate to use its provisions to sneak in further amendments to it?

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