Legislation (Territorial Extent) Bill 2010-12
Progress of the Bill
Bill started in the House of Commons
- House of Commons
- House of Lords
- Royal Assent
|Bill 10 2010-11 (as introduced) | PDF version, 79KB||03.02.2011|
Latest news on the Legislation (Territorial Extent) Bill 2010-12
The Bill had its Report Stage and Third reading on 9 September 2011. The House voted against giving the Bill a Third reading so it will not progress any further.
Summary of the Legislation (Territorial Extent) Bill 2010-12
The Bill applies to draft primary legislation and to secondary legislation published before the parent Act has gained Royal Assent. In these cases, it requires that the draft Bill should contain a statement setting out its legal effects on each nation of the United Kingdom, and that a memorandum accompany the draft showing its financial effects on each nation.
The Bill would also create new rights for citizens to see how proposed changes in the law would affect them, and for MPs to see how the changes would affect their constituents. The Bill requires that the provisions of draft legislation are compatible with these rights, referred to as “the principles of legislative territorial clarity”. The Secretary of State must make a statement to this effect, or a statement that he/she is unable to do so, but that the Government wishes to proceed nonetheless.
The Bill relates to the 'West Lothian Question', whereby Members representing constituencies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may vote on legislation that applies only to England. If this were addressed by having a special way of voting on ‘England only’ legislation, then this Bill would provide a means of identifying some of those Bills.
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