Meet the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

05.06.2013

The Scottish Parliament’s Subordinate Legislation Committee has today been renamed as the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee.

This name change is largely to reflect a change in its remit as the Committee will now consider certain Scottish Law Commission bills.

Convener of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee Nigel Don MSP said:

“The Committee has a wide range of experience across the whole breadth of Scots law and is familiar with dealing with complex legislation, both primary and secondary, through its existing scrutiny role. As such, I believe the Committee is well placed to consider Scottish Law Commission bills.

The Scottish Law Commission carries out an invaluable role, recommending reforms to improve, simplify and update the law of Scotland.  Given its significance, it is important that the Parliament has the opportunity to translate these reports into law.

Therefore I am pleased that the Committee will be able to play its part in giving effect to certain of these reports and look forward to our first opportunity to consider a Scottish Law Commission bill.”

The Convener further reflected on the Committee’s new name:

“This is not a new Committee, but the change in name does represent a new chapter for the Committee. Mindful of that I think it is a good opportunity to reflect upon the considerable contribution the Subordinate Legislation Committee has made to the work of this Parliament over its first 14 years of existence. I have no doubt that the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee will make an equally invaluable contribution as it continues the vital work of the Subordinate Legislation Committee.”

Background

The Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee recommended in its report on ‘Implementing Scottish Law Commission reports’ that the Subordinate Legislation Committee should change its remit to enable it to consider certain Scottish Law Commission bills of a description to be determined by the Presiding Officer. The report also recommended that the Committee’s name be changed to the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee.

This was agreed by Parliament on Tuesday 28 May.

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