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I chair a Lords scrutiny committee. These are my parliamentary resolutions for 2021

The remarkable year we have come through contains vital legislative lessons

By Robin Hodgson  

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I chair the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (SLSC) of the House of Lords. It is a cross-party committee and has responsibility for reporting to the House on every statutory instrument (that is, minister-made legislation using powers conferred by parliament) subject to a parliamentary procedure. The workload is a heavy one—in the last 12 months, we have scrutinised 901 instruments and, where appropriate, drawn to the attention of the House important public policy issues, deficiencies in the conduct of consultation exercises and instances of poor supporting explanatory material.  

It has been a turbulent year—to say the least. Parliament has…

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