Forms of Delegated Legislation
Delegated legislation is law made by some person or body other than Parliament with the authority of Parliament. Authority is given in an Enabling Act, e.g. the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974. An example of Delegated Legislation is the police codes of practise under the PACE Act 1984.
The term 'statutory instruments' refers to rules and regulations made by government ministers. Ministers or Government departments are given the power to make statutory instruments relation to the jursidiction of their industry. E.g. Minister of Transport has the power under various Road Traffic Acts to make detailed road traffic regulations.
Statutory instruments are often used to update a law; for example a statutory instrument may be used to change the amount of a fine for a criminal offence. Another example is the regular increase in the amount of national minimum wage under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998. Another use of statutory instruments is to comply with directives from the Eurpean Union, e.g. the Sale…