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Reform Of The Legislative Procedure

EDM number 233 in 1993-94, proposed by Austin Mitchell on 10/12/1993.

That this House welcomes the Report of the Hansard Society Commission on the legislative process entitled Making the Law; endorses its conclusion that there needs to be a re-think of the way in which statute law is made; and would welcome an early opportunity to discuss its recommendations that (a) consultation by Government be more thorough and open, (b) Parliament should play a greater part in pre-legislative inquiry, (c) to secure more effective scrutiny there should be formal time-tabling of legislation by a steering committee chaired by the Speaker and including representatives of the Government, Opposition and back benchers, (d) first reading committees should examine complex bills immediately after their presentation and hear representations, (e) after second reading, a bill should normally be committed to a special standing committee, which could also consider more detailed points at report stage and on Lords Amendments, (f) more detailed matters should be left to be delegated legislation with proper Parliamentary scrutiny, (g) notes should be published with Acts to explain their purpose and intended effect, (h) the operation of Acts should be reviewed by select committees, (i) the Government should develop a publicly available statute law database and (k) the Government should have a two-year legislative programme and permit the carry-over of some bills from one session to another.

This motion has been signed by a total of 46 MPs, 1 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

Austin Mitchell10/12/1993Great GrimsbyProposed
Charles Kennedy10/12/1993Ross and Cromarty and SkyeSigned
Robert Maclennan10/12/1993Caithness and SutherlandSigned
Patrick Cormack10/12/1993South StaffordshireSigned
Graham Allen10/12/1993Nottingham NorthSigned
Elliot Morley13/12/1993Glanford and ScunthorpeSigned
James Wray13/12/1993Glasgow ProvanSigned
Paul Tyler13/12/1993North CornwallSigned
Janet Anderson13/12/1993Rossendale & DarwenSigned
Jim Dowd13/12/1993Lewisham WestSigned
Eric Clarke13/12/1993MidlothianSigned
Alex Carlile13/12/1993MontgomerySigned
Alan Meale13/12/1993MansfieldSigned
William McKelvey13/12/1993Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
John McAllion13/12/1993Dundee EastSigned
Lynne Jones13/12/1993Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Glenda Jackson13/12/1993Hampstead & HighgateSigned
Ernie Ross13/12/1993Dundee WestSigned
John Evans14/12/1993St Helens NorthSigned
Mike Hall14/12/1993Warrington SouthSigned
Norman Godman14/12/1993Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie14/12/1993Glasgow, PollokSigned
Keith Bradley14/12/1993Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Ian McCartney14/12/1993MakerfieldSigned
Clive Soley14/12/1993HammersmithSigned
Ronnie Campbell14/12/1993Blyth ValleySigned
Richard Burden15/12/1993Birmingham, NorthfieldSigned
Michael Connarty15/12/1993Falkirk EastSigned
Ian Davidson15/12/1993Glasgow, GovanSigned
Derek Enright15/12/1993HemsworthSigned
Tim Rathbone16/12/1993LewesSigned
Ken Livingstone16/12/1993Brent EastSigned
John Gunnell16/12/1993Leeds South and MorleySigned
Mike Gapes17/12/1993Ilford SouthSigned
Toby Jessel19/01/1994TwickenhamSigned
Russell Johnston19/01/1994Inverness, Nairn and LochaberSigned
Simon Hughes25/01/1994Southwark and BermondseySigned
Mike O'Brien02/02/1994North WarwickshireSigned
Nigel Jones03/02/1994CheltenhamSigned
Roland Boyes03/02/1994Houghton and WashingtonSigned
Tommy Graham03/02/1994Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
David Rendel10/02/1994NewburySigned
David Alton10/02/1994Liverpool Mossley HillSigned
Tony Wright23/02/1994Cannock and BurntwoodSigned
Barry Sheerman24/02/1994HuddersfieldSigned
Jack ThompsonUnknownWithdrawn

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