Role of the Committee
The JCSI is appointed to consider statutory instruments made in exercise of powers granted by Act of Parliament.
Instruments not laid before Parliament are included within the Committee's remit; but local instruments are not considered by JCSI unless they are subject to parliamentary procedure and instruments made by devolved administrations are not to be considered by JCSI unless they are required to be laid before Parliament. The Joint Committee is empowered to draw the special attention of both Houses to an instrument on any one of a number of grounds specified in the Standing Orders under which it works; or on any other ground which does not impinge upon the merits of the instrument or the policy behind it.
The JCSI does not assess the merits of any instrument or the underlying policy which is the responsibility of other Parliamentary Committees.