Pre-legislative process

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Green Papers

Green Papers are:

  • discussion documents which outline the government's proposals that are not finalised.
  • Each proposal has alternatives which are discussed before the best policy is chosen.
  • E.g The Courts and Legal Services Act
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White Papers

White Papers:

  • usually follow a green paper.
  • They outline the government's policy of implementation.
  • They are issued by the government government that it relates to.
  • It contains detailed proposals for legislation.
  • E.g The Civil Partnerships Act
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