Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

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The Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (formerly the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee) is a select committee of the House of Lords that refers secondary legislation, such as statutory instruments, to the House that it considers interesting or important. This is unlike the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments and Commons Select Committee on Statutory Instruments, which only scrutinise instruments for legal and drafting defects. The specific criteria used by the Committee are whether the legislation—

  1. is politically or legally important or gives rise to issues of public policy likely to be of interest to the House
  2. may be inappropriate in view of changed circumstances since the enactment of the parent Act
  3. may inappropriately implement European Union legislation
  4. may imperfectly achieve its policy objectives.

The committee adopted its current name on 15 May 2012 principally because of the addition of Public Bodies Orders under the Public Bodies Act 2011.[1]


As of June 2017, the membership of the committee is as follows:[2]

Member Party
Lord Trefgarne (Chairman) Conservative
Baroness Blackstone Independent Labour
Lord Faulkner of Worcester Labour
Baroness Finn Conservative
Lord Goddard of Stockport Liberal Democrat
Lord Haskel Labour
Lord Janvrin Crossbench
Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope Liberal Democrat
Baroness O'Loan Crossbench
Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury Conservative
Baroness Watkins of Tavistock Crossbench


  1. ^ "Lords Minutes of Proceedings for Wednesday 16 May 2012". UK Parliament.
  2. ^ "Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee - membership". UK Parliament.