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Opposition leaders questioned on delegated powers and Great Repeal Bill

8 February 2017

The Constitution Committee this week takes evidence from the Shadow Leader of the House of Lords, and the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. The Committee examines how Parliament delegates powers to the Government and considers the use of these powers in the context of the Great Repeal Bill. 


Wednesday 8 February in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Rt Hon. the Baroness Smith of Basildon, Shadow Leader of the House of Lords, Labour Party
  • Rt Hon. the Lord Newby, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, House of Lords

Possible questions

  • What do you believe are appropriate reasons for delegating power to the Government? Do you believe there should be any ‘red lines' when it comes to delegated powers?
  • Is it your impression that the Government are leaving too much policy implementation to be effected through secondary, rather than primary legislation?
  • In what circumstances do you think ‘skeleton' bills or clauses are appropriate? Is it your impression that such bills or clauses are becoming more common—and if so, why?

Further information

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