Andrew Jones to chair European Statutory Instruments Committee
26 February 2020
Andrew Jones has been confirmed as the new Chair of the European Statutory Instruments Select Committee, following its first meeting of the new Parliament.
The European Statutory Instruments Committee (ESIC) was established by the House of Commons to sift proposed negative instruments following the passing of the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018. The Act gave Ministers wide powers to make regulations to deal with the deficiencies in retained EU law which may arise because of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
The 2018 Act stipulated that ESIC and a counterpart Lords Committee should sift proposed statutory instruments that were expected to be subject to the negative parliamentary procedure and decide whether to recommend that the affirmative procedure would be more appropriate. Instruments laid under the affirmative procedure must be approved in draft by both Houses before they can be made. In the House of Commons, such instruments are usually debated in a Delegated Legislation Committee or on the Floor of the House.
ESIC publishes its sifting decisions in its reports, giving reasons for any recommendations for instruments to be laid under the affirmative procedure. Now that the UK has left the EU, the Committee’s sifting function continues as instruments can still be made under the 2018 Act.
The Committee’s new membership is as follows:
Andrew Jones (Conservative, Chair), Kirsty Blackman (Scottish National Party), Geraint Davies (Labour), Mrs Flick Drummond (Conservative), Philip Dunne (Conservative), Sir David Evennett (Conservative), Vicky Ford (Conservative), Mark Garnier (Conservative), Stephen Kinnock (Labour), Charlotte Nichols (Labour), Mary Robinson (Conservative), Amanda Solloway (Conservative), Jo Stevens (Labour), Owen Thompson (Scottish National Party), Liz Twist (Labour), Craig Williams (Conservative)
Following his appointment as Chair at yesterday’s first meeting, Andrew Jones said:
"I'm delighted to have been chosen by Parliament to chair this important Select Committee.
“The UK may have left the EU, but the need to assess the Government’s use of SIs, and to recommend, where appropriate, the involvement of colleagues across the whole House in this process, remains.
“I look forward to tackling this work with my fellow Committee members in the weeks and months ahead.”