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statutory instruments

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics and International Relations

Fourth edition

Published in print January 2018 | ISBN: 9780199670840
Published online January 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191749568
statutory instruments

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The principal basis of delegated (or secondary) legislation in the United Kingdom. Their scope and the nature of Parliamentary control (if any) of the legislation made under them is defined by their parent parliamentary Acts (primary legislation). The most significant statutory instruments are subject either to the negative procedure—they come into force unless either House passes a motion to annul—or the affirmative procedure—they do not come into force unless either House passes a motion to approve. A Scrutiny Committee of both Houses decides upon those statutory instruments which simply may be accepted and not subjected to parliamentary debate. Procedures for the creation of statutory instruments vary for the Scottish parliament and Northern Ireland and Welsh assemblies....

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