Focus: Policy and Politics - Question Time - Sir Roger Toulson, chairman, Law Commission

WHAT IS THE LAW COMMISSION'S POST-LEGISLATIVE SCRUTINY PROJECT?

The purpose of the project is to explore the potential for developing a more formal system of reviewing legislation after it has been introduced.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Every year, a huge and increasing amount of legislation is added to the statute book. There is a need to take stock and reflect on the effects of new laws to see if they are working - and, if they are not, to discover why and how any problems that have arisen from their enforcement can be remedied. At the moment, legislation is reviewed on an ad hoc basis and there is no systematic practice to consider laws after they have been brought in.

SHOULD THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR BE RESPONDING TO THE CONSULTATION?

Yes. We are keen to receive views from all interested parties.

WHAT ASPECTS MIGHT BE OF INTEREST TO THE SECTOR?

We are looking at whether there is scope to improve communication between external bodies - which could include voluntary organisations - and Parliament, when those organisations wish to highlight laws they think should be reviewed.

WHAT FEEDBACK ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

We are asking about the need for and purpose of post-legislative scrutiny and which laws might be suitable for review in this way. We are also seeking views on two proposed scrutiny mechanisms. One would lead to reviews planned in advance; the second proposes reviews that are triggered after the law has been enacted.

HOW CAN VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS RESPOND?

All the information about this project can be found on the Law Commission website.

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?

The consultation runs until 28 April.

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