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Delegated Legislation

Delegated Legislation
Delegated legislation, secondary legislation, is law not made by Parliament but has it's authority.
Authority is given in a Parent or Enabling act, which creates a framework for the delegated powers to
make more detailed law in that area. For example, the Local Governments Act (1972)…

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Parliament has control when creating the Enabling Act as it sets limits on the delegated legislation.
Additionally the Delegated Powers Scrutiny Committee in the House of Lords can decide that
provisions in a bill to delegate legislative power are inappropriate. The report is presented to the

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The main argument against delegated legislation is that it is undemocratic, because it is made by
unelected people rather than by Parliament. Most delegated legislation is made by civil servants in
relevant government departments rather than by minister who were originally delegated powers. Civil
servants are unaccountable…

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Reasons for delegating
Often the matter of legislation is very detailed and would be too time consuming for Parliament to
have to consider in full. If Parliament wants to make legislation dealing with a particular issue, the Act
sets out the basic scheme and the delegated legislation (which…

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