Parliament's Regulations Review Committee has reported on the Subordinate Legislation Confirmation Bill (No 2), saying it finds no reason why the instruments specified in the Bill should not be confirmed, and recommending its passage without amendments.
The purpose of the bill is to confirm subordinate legislation made under various Acts. By passing this bill, the House would approve the instruments in the bill in order to allow them to continue in force.
The committee says the Bill will confirm certain instruments that, if not confirmed by a specified date, would be revoked or, in the case of the Social Security (Rates of Benefit and Allowances) Order 2016, considered invalid for their past operation.
"Clauses 7 to 18 would confirm certain subordinate legislation that would lapse unless confirmed by an Act of Parliament. Of the 17 instruments that would be confirmed, 6 would expire at the close of 31 December 2016, and 11 would expire at the close of 30 June 2017," it says.
The new legislation confirms subordinate legislation made under the following statutes:
- Animal Products Act 1999.
- Biosecurity Act 1993.
- Commodity Levies Act 1990.
- Customs and Excise Act 1996.
- Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Act 1989.
- Fisheries Act 1996.
- Gambling Act 2003.
- Land Transport Act 1998.
- National Animal Identification and Tracing Act 2012.
- Social Security Act 1964.
- Tariff Act 1988.
- Wine Act 2003.