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Statutory Instruments subject to procedure

The following queries will show all Statutory Instruments available in the Statutory Instrument Service. This data goes back to the beginning of the 2017-19 session. The available SIs query will return all work packages with a ‘Laid before the House of Commons’ step. The other queries are broken down by procedure, session or by year (given that Statutory Instruments are numbered by calendar year rather than sessional).

Note that the Statutory Instrument Service omits Statutory Instruments:

For a more complete set of Statutory Instruments please go to legislation.gov.uk.

All available Statutory Instruments

This query will show you all instruments laid before Parliament since the Statutory Instrument Service began.

Statutory Instruments currently before Parliament

This query shows all instruments currently before Parliament:

The Non-contentious Probate (Fees) Order 2018, that was laid under the draft affirmative procedure in November 2018, shows in the list despite its age. This instrument was approved in the Lords in December 2018. It was considered in a Commons Delegated Legislation Committee in February 2019 but it has yet to receive a vote. It will remain ‘current’ until either the Commons approve the instrument or the Government withdraws it.

Statutory instruments by session

Statutory instruments by calendar year

Filtering by time period

If you have a specified time period you’re interested in then you can amend the query above by adding either of the following strings to row 21d in the Sparql query:

FILTER ( str(?itemDate) > '2017-06-01' && str(?itemDate) < '2019-10-09') 

Or if you want to only see proposed negative statutory instruments before/after a certain point use the following (just remember to change the less-than/greater-than sign depending on your need for before/after):

FILTER ( str(?itemDate) > '2019-12-13')

Statutory Instruments by laying department

Statutory instrument by laying department

Note that any query can be amended to include laying body filter. To do this add the following strings in your query (if laying hasn’t already been queried):

?SI :laidThingHasLaying ?laying.

?laying :businessItemHasProcedureStep id:cspzmb6w .

?laying :date ?laidDate.

?laying :layingHasLayingBody ?layingBody.

?layingBody :name ?layingBodyName.

FILTER (?layingBody IN (id:fpWTqVKh))

A list of laying bodies can be found here.

Statutory Instruments by procedure

Statutory instruments laid before House of Commons only

Some instruments, usually to do with financial or tax matters, are laid before the House of Commons only. This query narrows down the above queries to show these:

As of August 2020 there were no draft negative instruments laid before the House of Commons only.

Affirmative instruments laid under Paragraph 14(6) of Schedule 8 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018

Paragraph 14 of Schedule 8 of the EU Withdrawal Act 2018 sets out an enhanced procedure whereby a published draft of an instrument must be published 28 days on Gov.uk before the instrument is laid before Parliament. Under 14(6) there is an allowance for Government to bypass this procedure fby reason of urgency and lay an instrument. They have agreed to provide a written statement to Parliament setting out why they have bypassed the procedure. We are in the process of adding Published drafts to Parliament’s Statutory Instrument Service. In the meantime, you can find statutory instruments that have bypassed that procedure under Paragragh 14(6) below:

Made affirmative instruments under paragraph 5(3) of Schedule 7 to the Local Government Finance Act 1988

Made affirmative instruments made under paragraph 5(3) of Schedule 7 to the Local Government Finance Act 1988 are laid before the House of Commons only and do not follow the usual approval period of the made affirmative procedure. Instead the approval period end date is determined by the Local Government Finance (England) report being approved by the House of Commons or before 1st March (the deadline for local authority budgets), whichever is earlier. The made affirmative instrument sets out the non-domestic rates for the next financial year. It is made and approved before the report is published and remains law if the report is approved. If the House of Commons does not approve the report the instrument stops being law, likewise if the report is not published/approved by 1st March then the instrument lapses and, again, stops being law.

The following query looks for any such instrument:

Made affirmative instruments under Section 55(3) in conjunction with Section 56(5) of the Sanctions and Anti-money Laundering Act 2018

Made affirmative instruments made under Section 55(3) in conjunction with Section 56(5) of the Sanctions and Anti-money Laundering Act 2018 do not follow the usual approval period of the made affirmative procedure. Instead these instruments are subject to an approval period of 60 days beginning with the first day on which any provision of the regulations come into force. The provisions of the instruments come into force when the Foreign and Commonwealth Office make commencement orders. These made affirmative instruments cannot be debated and approved until a commencement order is made. There has already been one commencement order made in March 2019 which applied to seven made affirmative instruments. A second commencement order is due to be made in December 2020 which should apply to any outstanding made affirmative instruments.

Statutory Instruments introducing one or more criminal offences

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 requires statements of the “good reasons” for the creation of and penalties for any criminal offences under the key powers in the Act. In April 2018 Baroness Goldie made the committment that these statements would be made available to Parliament before the SI which creates a criminal offence is laid.

Communication declaring that the instrument came into force before being laid

When an instrument has been brought into operation before it has been laid before Parliament the Government must communicate this to the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Lord Speaker explaining why the instrument was not laid before Parliament first. The communication shall be laid upon the Table of the House. This is laid out in both Houses standing orders (House of Commons 160, House of Lords 71).

Made Statutory Instruments bringing in local coronavirus restrictions in England

Jeni has created a spreadsheet of areas in England in which local coronavirus lockdowns have been declared. The spreadsheet provides a breakdown of affected areas, which statutory instruments apply, how long the restrictions are in place and further government guidance. Following Jeni’s tweet about the work, Michael suggested that the spreadsheet could include links to the instruments on Parliament’s Statutory Instrument Service so users can see the instruments progress through Parliament.

The following query provides the instruments from Jeni’s spreadsheet alongside their Parliament IDs, procedure, laid date and approval periods:

To find the instruments on the Statutory Instrument Service take the ID from the end of the url in the first column, SI:

https://id.parliament.uk/vFYzfuo7

And add it to the url like so:

https://statutoryinstruments.parliament.uk/timeline/vFYzfuo7/SI

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee’s scrutiny of coronavirus legislation

The Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee is considering statutory instruments (subject to parliamentary procedure) that are being laid to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. A dedicated webpage has been set up to provide a running list of the instruments that have been laid. Once they have been considered by the Committee, a link to the relevant report will be added. Note that this page is usually only updated during sitting times.

Committee consideration

Committee consideration of Statutory Instruments

Motions tabled on Statutory Instruments

Motions tabled on Statutory Instruments

Debates on Statutory Instruments

Debates on statutory instruments

English Votes for English Laws consideration

All affirmative instruments will be considered for EVEL. Made negatives that have a prayer tabled against them and that are scheduled for debate will also be considered for EVEL.

Draft instruments signed into law

Once draft instruments reach the end of parliamentary procedure there is the potential for them to be made (signed into law). For the draft affirmative procedure this can happen at any stage after the final House has approved the instrument. For draft negatives this can happen at any stage after the prayer period has ended (as long as the House has not rejected the instrument).

Statutory Instruments and their preceding proposed negative instruments

Once a proposed negative instrument has been considered by the European Statutory Instruments Committee and the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee the Government can then lay a following Statutory Instrument. The following query shows all instruments that were preceded by a proposed negative statutory instrument:

Revoked Statutory Instruments

The following query looks for all made instruments that were revoked while they were still before Parliament. We do not actualise revoking steps for instruments that are revoked once their parliamentary procedure has concluded.

Made affirmative Statutory Instruments lapsed

The following query looks at made affirmative instruments that were not approved by both Houses by the time the approval period ended. If this happens the instrument lapses and cannot remain law.

Void Statutory Instruments

The following query looks for all made affirmative and made negative instruments that were made void by Government after being signed into law. An instrument can be made void when it has been made/published by mistake. This is an extremely rare occurence, the normal procedure for such instances would be for the instrument to be revoked. When an instrument is void the procedure concludes and the instrument is removed from legislation.gov.uk as if it was never signed into law.

Withdrawn Statutory Instruments

The following query looks for all draft instruments withdrawn from the House of Commons and House of Lords.