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Statutory Instruments (SIs) are parts of United Kingdom law separate from Acts of Parliament which do not require full Parliamentary approval before becoming law. These are usually brought to Parliament by a Government minister, exercising legislative powers delegated to them by an Act of Parliament. This is a list of Acts of Parliament of the English Parliament during that bodys existence prior to the Act of Union of 1707. ... This is a list of Acts of Parliament of the English Parliament during that bodys existence prior to the Act of Union of 1707. ... This is a list of Acts of Parliament of the Scottish Parliament. ... This is an incomplete list of Acts of the Parliament of Ireland for the years up to its dissolution in 1800. ... This is an incomplete list of Acts of the Parliament of Great Britain for the years 1707-1719. ... This is an incomplete list of Acts of the Parliament of Great Britain for the years 1720-1739. ... 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Statutory instruments are one form of delegated legislation or secondary legislation: other examples are Orders-in-Council and Local Authority byelaws. Delegated legislation (sometimes referred to as secondary legislation or subordinate legislation) is law made by ministers under powers given to them by parliamentary acts (primary legislation) in order to implement and administer the requirements of the acts. ... Delegated legislation (sometimes referred to as secondary legislation or subordinate legislation) is law made by ministers under powers given to them by parliamentary acts (primary legislation) in order to implement and administer the requirements of the acts. ... An Order-in-Council is an executive order issued in Commonwealth Realms operating under the Westminster system. ... Local governments are administrative offices of an area smaller than a state. ... A Bylaw (sometimes also seen as By-Law or ByLaw) is a rule governing the internal management of an organization, such as a business corporation. ...


As noted below in this article, statutory instruments are also employed in other Commonwealth of Nations countries besides the United Kingdom, and also the Republic of Ireland. The Commonwealth of Nations, usually known as The Commonwealth, is an association of 53 independent sovereign states, almost all of which are former territories of the British Empire. ...

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Legal framework

Statutory Instruments come in three forms: those passed by affirmative resolution procedure, where they must be approved by the two Houses of Parliament before they can become law, and those passed by negative resolution procedure, where they are merely laid before Parliament, with Parliament able to annul them if it desires. The third form is those which are not laid before Parliament, but which Parliament can annul, usually within 40 days. The section of the Act of Parliament that grants the power will usually state whether the power is to be exercised by Statutory Instrument and which (if any) parliamentary procedure is to apply. Generally, if it is a potentially contentious power, the affirmative route will be used. A new, "super-affirmative" procedure has been proposed for certain Statutory Instruments that could be made under the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill. The Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill is a bill brought before the British House of Commons in early 2006 to replace the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 (RRA). ...


Statutory Instruments are not necessarily the same thing as an Order-in-Council: Statutory Instruments are 'delegated legislation' (the power is delegated by Parliament), whereas Orders-in-Council either operate through the Royal Prerogative or are made under powers created in statute. The latter will generally be made by Statutory Instrument, the former not.


Statutory Instruments are used because they are much faster and simpler to implement than a full Act of Parliament. SIs are sometimes described as "secondary legislation, not second class legislation". They have the same force as an Act of Parliament, and the great majority of the United Kingdom's law is made in this way. Two or three thousand SIs are passed each year, compared to only a few dozen Acts.


If a Statutory Instrument exceeds the powers granted by it by primary legislation, it can be found to be ultra vires by a court, and therefore invalid. Ultra vires is a Latin phrase that literally means beyond the power. ...


Some Acts of Parliament grant ministers "reformative powers", with future Statutory Instruments able to modify the Act themselves; this capability is sometimes pejoratively called "Henry VIII powers" in reference to Henry VIII's noted ability to do anything he desired. This type of authorisation became popular in government in the 1920s, but have become rarely used due to accusations of too much power. Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was King of England and Lord of Ireland (later King of Ireland) from 22 April 1509 until his death. ... It has been suggested that Roaring Twenties be merged into this article or section. ...


Use

Statutory Instruments are frequently used to make legislate detailed provisions that are left out of primary legislation. They are also used to incorporate the provisions of Directives of the European Union into UK law, with the Instruments being made under the provisions of the European Communities Act 1972. The legislative acts of the European Union (EU) can have different forms: regulations, directives, decisions, recommendations and opinions. ... The European Communities Act (1972 c. ...


Delayed primary legislation

Statutory Instruments are also used to bring Acts of Parliament into force: it is not uncommon for quite major pieces of legislation to be passed by Parliament with all the sections 'turned off', and a power for the Minister to 'turn them on' (or 'bring into force' as it is properly called) at a later date by means of a Commencement, or Appointed Day, Order. Some sections are never brought into force at all. A notable example of this is the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, which has had a number of SIs enacted. Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIP or RIPA) is a United Kingdom law covering the interception of communications. ...


Reformative powers

Reformative powers were put in place in the Electronic Communications Act 2000 to allow the modification of any law that went against the Act; it was designed to be used by the DTI to allow Internet-based publishing of annual reports and the like, amongst other measures. A more significant use of "Henry VIII powers" was the Regulatory Reform Act 2001, which provides for affirmative route Statutory Instruments to modify any legislation older than two years. Examples of its use have included Statutory Instrument 2004 No. 470 which repealed section 26 of the Revenue Act 1889 (and so re-legalised the selling of methylated spirits on a Saturday night or a Sunday), and Statutory Instrument 2005 No. 871 which repealed the entirety of the Trading Stamps Act 1964. The Electronic Communications Act 2000 (2000 Chapter c. ... The Department of Trade and Industry is a United Kingdom government department. ... Methylated spirit (or Meths) is ethanol which has been dyed and rendered undrinkable, and is used for purposes such as fuel for spirit burners or as a solvent. ...


Signifcantly wider powers are proposed in the 2006 Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill, which has been described by David Howarth MP as the "Abolition of Parliament Bill"[1], by Daniel Finkelstein as the "Bill to End All Bills".[2] Clifford Chance consider that that Bill would "usurp the power of Parliament".[3] The Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill is a bill brought before the British House of Commons in early 2006 to replace the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 (RRA). ... David Howarth David Ross Howarth (born November 10, 1958) is a British Liberal Democrat politician and Member of Parliament for Cambridge. ... Clifford Chance LLP is an international law firm with its principal office at Canary Wharf in London. ...


Devolution

The advent of devolution in 1999 resulted in many powers to make Statutory Instruments being transferred to the Scottish Executive and Welsh Assembly Government, and oversight to the Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales. Instruments made by the Scottish Executive are now classed separately as Scottish Statutory Instruments. The term Scottish Executive is used in two distinct but closely related senses. ... The Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) (Welsh: Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru, LlCC) is the executive body of the National Assembly for Wales, consisting of the First Minister and his Cabinet. ... For the national legislative body adjourned in 1707, see Parliament of Scotland. ... The National Assembly for Wales (or NAfW) (Welsh: Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru) is a devolved assembly (not a full legislature) with power to make regulations in Wales, and also is responsible for most UK government departments in Wales. ...


Other countries

Similarly to the United Kingdom, national and state/provincial governments in Australia and Canada call their delegated legislation 'Statutory Instruments'.


As well, Canada uses statutory instruments for Proclamations of the Queen of Canada. For example, the Proclamation of the Queen of Canada on April 17, 1982 brought into force the Constitution Act 1982, the UK parts of which are known as the Canada Act 1982. // Overview The Constitution Act, 1982 is Schedule B to the Canada Act 1982. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: Canada Act 1982 The Canada Act 1982 is an Act of Parliament passed by the British Parliament that severed all remaining constitutional and legislative ties between the United Kingdom and Canada, in a process referred to as patriation. It contains the text...


Examples of Statutory Instruments

  • Statutory Instrument 1997/1840 (The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997)

See also

This is an incomplete list of Statutory Instruments of the United Kingdom. ...

References

  • Factsheet guide to SIs from the House of Commons Information Office.
  • Guide to SIs and other forms of delegated powers to Government Departments from the House of Lords's Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee, April 2005.
  • Post from June 2005 to UK-Crypto discussing specific SIs.

British House of Commons Canadian House of Commons In some bicameral parliaments of a Westminster System, the House of Commons has historically been the name of the elected lower house. ... This article is about the British House of Lords. ... Ross J. Anderson is a researcher, writer, and industry consultant in security engineering. ...

External links

  • All United Kingdom Acts of Parliament from 1988 onwards and Statutory Instruments from 1987 onwards are available free on-line under Crown copyright terms from the Office of Public Sector Information (HMSO) at http://www.opsi.gov.uk/
  • Acts of the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Statutory Instruments are available free on-line under Crown copyright terms from HMSO at http://www.scotland-legislation.hmso.gov.uk
  • List of Canadian Statutory Instruments

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