The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster i.e. the new Cabinet Office Minister Hilary Armstrong, has now published a further set of amendments to the controversial Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill.
There is a welcome concession on not amending the Human Rights Act::
To move the following Clause:—
'An order under this Part may not make provision amending or repealing any provision of—
(a) this Part; or
(b) the Human Rights Act 1998 (c. 42).'.
Note that the wording of this clause refers to this "Part" i.e. only to Part 1 Power to reform legislation etc. of the Bill, and does not prevent this proposed legislation from being used to self modify the other Parts:
- Part 2 Regulators
- Part 3 Legislation relating to the European Communities etc.
- Part 4 Supplementary and General
That still leaves the Bill with the power to amend or repeal or modify any other bit of legislation or regulation.
There are some Opposition amendments which might provide some constitutional safeguards, but , on past performance, it is doubtful if these will get through.