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The scope and design of the delegation of legislative powers in any Bill affects the long-term balance of power between Parliament and Government. The House of Lords Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee (DPRRC) scrutinises all such delegation. This report distils standards for the delegation of powers from 101 DPRRC reports from 2017 to 2021.

The report presents the list of legislative standards in four categories:

  1. General principles underpinning the delegation of legislative powers: What may constitute inappropriate delegation of power, and are there certain principles that apply to assessing the scope of such delegation?
  2. Parliamentary scrutiny of the use of delegated powers: What standards apply to prescribing parliamentary scrutiny procedures and requirements as to the nature of accompanying documents?
  3. Types of provision: What standards apply to certain types of legislative provision?
  4. Policy areas: What standards apply to delegated powers in certain policy areas?

The research for this paper was supported by the Legal Education Foundation as part of the Hansard Society’s Delegated Legislation Review.

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