Friday, February 10, 2006

More on LegReg

That's the Legislative & Regulatory

Tim Worstall has a piece up at the ASI
Think of this as one of those little moments when you might want to gasp at the audacity of our rulers.
He points us to a piece by the Telegraph's legal correspondent Joshua Rozenberg:

Clifford Chance, the world's largest law firm, points out that the Bill "usurps the power of Parliament". In a briefing to clients, it says the only red tape that the Bill would remove is "the red tape of Parliamentary scrutiny for primary legislation".

The Bill - to be debated in the Commons today -would give the Government so-called "Henry VIII powers" to amend primary legislation by ministerial order without Parliamentary debate, the firm says.

Meanwhile, commenters at Bloggers4Labour reckon I'm getting my knickers in a twist about nothing. I hope they're right. They helpfully point out the transcript of the second reading here. I shall be wading through this over the weekend.

Consider Phebas reckons the legislation only refers to secondary legislation and it's all a mistake. I hope he's right.

Update: He has been persuaded otherwise in the comments on the same post.