608. Parliamentary control over subordinate legislation.

608.     Parliamentary control over subordinate legislation.

Where Parliament has delegated to another authority, such as a minister or a public department, the power to make a statutory instrument1 or other similar subordinate legislation, some measure of control is usually reserved to Parliament if the exercise of power is of a general nature, and is sometimes reserved if the exercise is of a local nature2.

Many instruments are subject to parliamentary proceedings, and all general instruments are scrutinised by a joint select committee of both Houses of Parliament or, in relation to financial instruments, by a select