House of Lords Constitution Committee report – the ‘Great Repeal Bill’ and delegated powers

The House of Lords Constitution Committee published a report, The ‘Great Repeal Bill’ and delegated powers, in March 2017. The report set out recommendations for reducing constitutional risks posed by the Great Repeal Bill.

These included provisions in the Bill to ensure that any delegated powers were used only:

  • so far as necessary to adapt the body of EU law to fit the UK’s domestic legal framework; and
  • so far as necessary to implement the result of the UK’s negotiations with the EU.

The report also recommended processes and mechanisms for parliamentary scrutiny of secondary legislation laid under the Bill.