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The Law Commission and Law Commission Bill Procedures

Published Friday, March 27, 2015

This note outlines the work of the Law Commission of England and Wales and desribes the parliamentary procedures used to implement Law Commission recommendations.

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This note briefly examines the work of the Law Commission of England and Wales (the Law Commission). The Law Commission is a statutory independent body created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the law under review and to recommend reform where it is needed.

The paper provides details of reforms introduced under the Law Commission Act 2009, which (amongst other things) creates a duty on the Lord Chancellor to report annually to Parliament on the extent to which Government has implemented Law Commission recommendations.

It also considers the new Law Commission Bill procedure, which is set out in detail an appendices to the note.

Commons Briefing papers SN07156

Authors: Alexander Horne; Richard Kelly

Topic: Legislative process

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