HL Deb 16 May 1995 vol 564 cc28-9WA
Earl Russell

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many regulation-making powers are contained in each of the following: the Social Security Act 1986; the Social Security Act 1988; the Social Security Act 1989; the Social Security Act 1990; the Disability Living Allowance and Disability Working Allowance Act 1991; the Child Support Act 1991; the Social Security (Incapacity For Work) Act 1994; and the Jobseekers Bill 1995.

The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish)

The department does not have detailed information of the type requested in relation to the legislation enacted before 1994. However, in the department's memorandum to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Scrutiny of Delegated Powers on the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) Bill 1994 and on the Jobseekers Bill 1995, we explained that the former Bill had 39 subsections, and the latter Bill 87 subsections and 17 paragraphs in Schedule 1, which contain powers to create delegated legislation.

Similar information in relation to the other Acts mentioned (some of which have now been repealed and which amend or insert powers in other legislation dating back to 1973) requiring an analysis of each section, subsection and paragraph can be provided only at disproportionate cost. I can, however, set out the number of sections and schedules in each Act which contain regulation-making powers, excluding those sections which make amendments to earlier Acts:

Social Security Act 1986 37 sections and 2 schedules
Social Security Act 1988 2 sections
Social Security Act 1989 3 sections and 2 schedules
Social Security Act 1990 3 sections
Disability Living Allowance and Disability Working Allowance Act 1991 3 sections
Child Support Act 1991 36 sections and 2 schedules
The Social Security (Incapacity for Work) Act 1994 3 sections
The Jobseekers Bill 1995 22 clauses and 1 schedule