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Save Parliament! March 13, 2006

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Save Parliament
I've had a nice e-mail of a guy who has set up Save Parliament!, a website also dedicated to the "Abolition of Parliament Bill".

It's got some great summary info on it which I recommend anyone take a look at.

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.

Write to Your Local MP March 11, 2006

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We have written a letter template that you can download from here and modify with your own address and then send to your own Local MP. We are doing the same right now and we need as many people as possible to do the same to try and ensure this bill doesn't make it's way into law.

Please do customise this letter before you send it out to your MP. If your MP recieves many copies of the same letter it's likely it will simply be ignored.

To find out how to write to your local MP, visit WriteToThem.com.

What else an I do?

  • 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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Press Release March 11, 2006

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Blair Hides Bill as Government Seize More Power

Concerned groups coming together across the country to oppose reduction of parliament’s power

March 10, 2006 – The government is currently pushing through a Bill that fundamentally changes democracy in this country, under an innocuous name: the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill.

The Bill, currently before Parliament, which has received its second reading and is in Standing Committee A at the time of writing. Some are calling this the “Abolition of Parliament Bill”, with good reason.

This Bill proposes to give ministers unprecedented power in modern Parliamentary democracy. It enables them to sidestep Parliament and instate, amend, or repeal any Act of Parliament without a full Parliamentary debate or vote. Such a measure could see a Euro constitution adopted without parliamentary consent, or ID cards introduced in the face of opposition.

Several attempts by MPs to try and introduce measures to make it more accountable have been rejected by the government. Similarly, measures to make the Bill accountable and more compatible with the Human Rights Act have been similarly ignored.

The Bill is intended to cut red tape and could make savings of over £1 billion by 2010, but the potential for abuse by this, or subsequent Governments is huge, due to the lack of accountability and security checks.

Many people are now deeply worried by the lack of attention this Bill has received, both from the media, and from MPs.

More information is available from the Campaign Against the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill web site at https://bill111.wordpress.com

For more information contact:

Phil Peter at the Campaign Against the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill
Email: againstbill111@googlemail.com
Web: https://bill111.wordpress.com

13 Questions March 11, 2006

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Right Links has thirteen questions that need to be asked.

  1. Why does the Bill change the current procedures for the enactment into our law of EU legislation?
  2. What guarantees are there that the Bill could not be used to bring in the EU Constitution by the back door?
  3. If the Bill is just a simplifying measure for deregulation, why does it contain no requirement for any orders to actually reduce the amounts of red tape and regulation?
  4. Why does the Bill give the power to create new law, including new criminal offences, to the Law Commissions, which are unelected quangos appointed by Ministers?
  5. If the Law Commissions are supposed to be staffed by impartial technical experts, why are Ministers taking the power to amend the recommendations of the Law Commissions before they are fast-tracked into legislation?
  6. Why do protections in the Bill against new laws to permit forcible entry, search, seizure or compelling people to give evidence not apply to reforms recommended by the unelected Law Commissions appointed by Ministers?
  7. If the Bill allows Ministers to “amend, repeal or replace legislation in any way that an Act might”, does this not give them an unlimited power to ignore a democratic Parliament and legislate by decree?
  8. If the Bill is so sensible, why has Parliament used a different way of making laws for 700 years?
  9. If the Bill is meant to retain Parliament’s ability to scrutinise regulations and regulators, why does it not contain a provision for automatic sunset clauses in orders issued under the Bill?
  10. If the Bill gives Ministers powers to charge fees by decree, is that not a charter to bring in unlimited stealth taxes?
  11. As the Bill permits an order to be made by a Minister under the Bill provided its effect is “proportionate” to his “policy objective”, since when in our history as a democratic country has a Government Minister’s “policy objective” directly received the force of law?
  12. What guarantees are there that the Bill could not be used to bring in ID Cards by the back door?
  13. Why does the Bill give the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly a veto over Ministers’ power to change the law which it denies to English MPs?

Send these to your MP!

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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Interesting Quote March 11, 2006

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Paul Leake (Lib Dem: Pelaw and Gilesgate) points to a piece in the Telegraph:

Clifford Chance, the world's largest law firm, points out that the Bill "usurps the power of Parliament". In a briefing to clients, it says the only red tape that the Bill would remove is "the red tape of Parliamentary scrutiny for primary legislation".

Clifford Chance also state that;

It is not clear that this Bill provides the necessary safeguards against possible abuse by the executive.

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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Letter From the Cabinet Office March 11, 2006

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Murky.org has recieved a response letter from the Cabinet Office. Standard blurb you'd expect really but Murky is looking for comments on a response.

Murky also has a good post on sending letters to Labour MPs likely to rebel. I'll be posting a template letter shortly.

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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Online Response to the Bill March 10, 2006

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I've just come across this great summary of the bill and it's workings through the select committee, courtesy of Bloggerheads.

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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Raise Public Awareness March 9, 2006

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The Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill will affect us all. If you are concerned about this bill you can help raise public awareness by distributing this leaflet we have created. Simply print it off and distribute around your school, college, university, place of work and even family members.

If the file doesn't open you will need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader which you can then use to print the leaflet. Each print-off will contain two copies of the leaflet for you to cut between and distribute.

What else 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.


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Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill March 9, 2006

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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.


Save Parliament