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|This enactment adds requirements to the Statutory Instruments Act
to increase accountability of regulation-making authorities. All
proposed regulations must be laid, by the designated Minister, before
each House of Parliament in order to give the appropriate committee of
each House of Parliament the opportunity to conduct inquiries or public
hearings with respect to the proposed regulation and report its findings
to that House. This enactment also sets out when the regulation-making
authority may make regulations that have been laid before Parliament.
Finally, some exceptions are outlined which enable the designated
Minister to bypass the laying of a proposed regulation before each
House in cases of minor changes to existing regulations, urgent matters
or where a proposed regulation prescribes a date for the coming into
force of any provision of an Act. In specified circumstances, the
designated Minister, however, must present a statement outlining the
reasons why a proposed regulation was not laid before each House of