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Briefing: Statutory Instruments Explained

Secondary legislation made simple

Bills are only the beginning in terms of Parliament's powers: each year, thousands of statutory instruments are passed, giving flesh to the bones of primary legislation. But few understand the processes behind these crucial legal tools - which are destined to assume an even greater importance as the UK moves towards Brexit and implements the sweeping "Great Repeal Bill".

In this unique, detailed briefing, Senior Monitoring Consultant Matthew Bentley explains all about the various kinds of statutory instruments and their procedural requirements. The briefing offers a clear, accessible introduction to secondary legislation, illustrated with recent examples from the Commons and House of Lords.

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