Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee


About The Committee

The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee considers all Scottish statutory instruments laid before the Parliament and decides whether to draw them to the attention of the Parliament under certain grounds. Those grounds, and more details about subordinate legislation procedure, are set out in Chapter 10 of Standing Orders.

In addition to scrutinising subordinate legislation, the Committee also examines proposals to delegate powers within primary legislation and certain Scottish Law Commission Bills. This latter aspect of the Committee's work was added to its remit by agreement of Parliament on 28 May 2013 prompting what was known as the Subordinate Legislation Committee to change its name to the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee with effect from 5 June 2013.

The Committee’s meetings take place on Tuesday mornings and are usually open to the public. Places can be booked in advance through Visitor Services (0131 348 5200). Details about individual meetings can be found on our Meeting Papers & Official Reports page.    

Current Business

Scottish Statutory Instrument Tracker Report

The above report details all secondary legislation currently being considered by the Parliament. Listed below are the SSIs that the Committee intends to consider at its next meeting which will be after summer recess on Tuesday 1 September. This list, and the Tracker Report above, will be updated periodically during recess:


Committee Meetings

23rd Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee Meeting 2015

Date: 23rd Meeting, Tuesday 01 September 2015

Location: Mary Fairfax Somerville Room (Committee Room 2)

Decision on taking business in private

Instruments subject to affirmative procedure

Instruments subject to negative procedure

Instruments not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill

Community Justice (Scotland) Bill

Succession (Scotland) Bill

Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament (Amendment) Bill

British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill

Education (Scotland) Bill

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

Succession (Scotland) Bill

The Official Report of this meeting is due for publication by 6 pm on Friday 4 September 2015.

Committee Reports

Read the latest reports from the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

43rd Report, 2015 (Session 4): Subordinate Legislation

Keep up to date

Understanding secondary legislation

Click on the infographic below to learn about the process that takes place starting from when a Scottish statutory instrument (secondary legislation) is laid before Parliament to it being approved in the Chamber.

You can click here for further guidance on secondary/subordinate legislation.

Contact the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Clerk: Euan Donald
Email: DPLR.Committee

0131 348 5175