Types of Delegated Legislation

Delegated legislation refers to laws made by authorities other than Parliament and is often used to implement detailed rules or regulations that would be impractical to include in primary legislation. There are several types of delegated legislation, including orders in council, statutory instruments, and bylaws from local authorities and public bodies.

Orders in Council
Orders in council are made by the Privy Council and are used to give legal effect to decisions made by the government or the monarch. They are often used to implement international treaties or agreements, and can also be used to make emergency regulations in times of crisis. Orders in council are typically used for matters that require swift action and cannot wait for primary legislation to be passed.

Statutory instruments
Statutory instruments are the most common type of delegated legislation, and are made by ministers or government agencies under the authority of an Act of Parliament. They are used to implement detailed rules or regulations that are necessary for the effective operation of an Act of Parliament. Statutory instruments can cover a wide range of topics, from health and safety regulations to tax rules and environmental standards.

Bylaws are regulations made by local authorities or public bodies such as transport authorities, health trusts or university boards. They are used to govern local matters that are not covered by national legislation, such as parking regulations, building standards or the use of public spaces. Bylaws are enforced by the relevant authority, and are typically subject to public consultation before they are implemented.

In short, delegated legislation includes orders in council, statutory instruments, and bylaws from local authorities and public bodies. It is an important tool for implementing detailed rules and regulations that are necessary for the effective operation of an Act of Parliament.
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