We heard last week that there is a new ministerial triage process for all secondary legislation from October. The purpose of the triage is to maintain central oversight of the secondary legislation programme in a similar way to the primary legislation programme. The ministers triaging statutory instruments (SIs) will be members of the Parliamentary Business and Legislation (PBL) Committee which supervises the Government’s legislative programme. No SI can now be laid in Parliament until cleared by them.
We were due to receive formal cross-government clearance to the Part 3 changes by the end of September. This hasn’t materialised so we are trying to establish if the changes are now caught by the new triage process. Meanwhile the actual regulatory changes are awaiting final sign off by lawyers.
As a result, given that SIs come into force 21 days after they are laid, the implementation date has unfortunately slipped from October into November.
We will formally update NASP later this week once things are clearer.