Friday, 2 November 2012

Pre-legislative scrutiny

Question: What is this pre-legislative process that the Education Select Committee is going through? Are they "getting it"? Can they make the Government change its mind?

IPSEA’s answer: It’s become more common in recent years for the Government to issue legislation as a draft. The practice allows examination and amendments to be made to the text and made more easily before their formal introduction to Parliament as part of a Bill. We hope the Committee is ‘getting it’ (they have been asking some good questions), but will continue to work to try to ensure that it does! The Committee can make recommendations for changes to the Government, but cannot enforce those changes. If the draft goes through unchanged to the Bill stage, it will then be up to MPs and peers to try to change it. Parents talking and writing to their MPs will be a big part of this.

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