Former Ministers give evidence on the Legislative Process inquiry
2 December 2016
The Constitution Committee hears evidence from former Ministers and a former Specialist Adviser for its inquiry on the Legislative Process. The Committee is exploring issues relating to pre-legislative scrutiny and the drafting of legislation.
- Parliament TV: The Legislative Process
- Inquiry: The Legislative Process
- Select Committee on the Constitution
Wednesday 7 December in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster
- Steve Webb, former MP and Minister of State for Pensions
- Professor Paul Burstow, former MP and Minister of State for Health, and Chair of the Joint Committee on the draft Care and Support Bill
- Martin Hoskins, former Specialist Adviser to Joint Committees on the draft Investigatory Powers Bill Committee and the draft Communications Data Bill
Areas of questioning
Areas the session will cover include:
- The extent to which legislation introduced to Parliament meets the Office of Parliamentary Counsel's description of ‘good law' as "necessary, clear, coherent, effective and accessible"
- Whether the proposed ‘Great Repeal Bill' which will form part of the Brexit process should be subject to pre-legislative scrutiny
- How pre-legislative scrutiny conducted by joint committees differs from that conducted by Commons-only Committees
- How well have recent Governments have supported pre-legislative scrutiny
- Whether pre-legislative scrutiny should be the norm for new legislation.