HC Deb 06 April 1955 vol 539 cc105-6W
Mr. Holt

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many Statutory Instruments were in force at the end of 1954; and if he will give the comparable figures for the end of 1953, 1952. and 1951.

Mr. H. Brooke

Excluding Instruments of local application and those relating to territories now outside the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom Parliament, 8,066 Statutory Instruments made under permanent legislation and 298 under emergency legislation were in force at the end of 1954, a total of 8,364.

The number of new Instruments made has fallen substantially each year since 1951, the totals for the years 1951 to 1954 being 1,166, 1,029, 829 and 706 respectively, while the number revoked has been roughly equal to the number made. The total number in force has therefore remained approximately the same, as follows:

Permanent legislation Emergency legislation Total
End of 1951 7,567 788 8,355
End of 1952 7,717 572 8,289
End of 1953 7,946 427 8,373
End of 1954 8,066 298 8,364