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

Legal Writings (Counterparts and Delivery) (Scotland) Bill

The Stage 1 debate took place on Tuesday 25 November 2014. Stage 2 proceedings then took place on Tuesday 20 January 2015. 

Committee Meetings

5th Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee Meeting 2015

Date: 5th Meeting, Tuesday 03 February 2015

Location: Sir Alexander Fleming Room (Committee Room 3)

Committee Reports

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

8th Report, 2015 (Session 4): Subordinate Legislation

9th Report, 2015 (Session 4): Supplementary Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill

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Guidance on Subordinate Legislation

In addition to the detailed information on Scottish statutory instruments and the guidance on subordinate legislation contained within Standing Orders, the documents and flow charts below are a useful starting point for those interested in the work of the Committee:  

Contact the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Clerk: Euan Donald
Email: DPLR.Committee

0131 348 5175