Statutory Instrument

A Statutory Instrument is a piece of generally administrative or "secondary" legislation. Acts of Parliament provide for "orders" to be made, which are put before parliament and passed, generally without scrutiny or debate.

Types of procedure

Statutory Instruments are passed into law by a set procedure, specified in the Act that gives rise to it. The main procedures are defined by the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 in clauses 16-18.

There are three main kinds of procedure:

Other procedures exist, for instance for financial instruments.

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