HC Deb 18 April 2002 vol 383 c1083W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which Bills introduced by his Department in the last five years have contained sunset clauses; and what plans he has for the future use of such clauses. [49617]

Dr. Whitehead

The Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Act 2002 contains a sunset clause that will make the provisions expire at the end of 2015. The clause also allows for the Act's provisions to be extended, by secondary legislation, if there is a case for doing so in 2015.

In accordance with the Government manifesto commitment, DTLR will continue to explore the possibility of time limiting new regulations where appropriate. We are also looking at other ways of ensuring legislation is kept up to date such as reviewing major legislation after it is implemented.

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