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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.


Wednesday 7 December in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • 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.

Further information

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