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How laws are made in the UK

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Has anyone a flow chart of how Health and Safety Laws are made in the UK please?
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Can you be more specific?
Are you referring to H&S Laws or more generally?

This might help http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/role/legislation/
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Sorry, Health and Safety Laws.

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Well I don't know of any Flow Charts, but it's quite simple.

The HSWA 1974 is an Enabling Act, allowing the Secretary of State (SofS) to bring in Regulations.

So any H&S related Law, i.e. Regulation, can be introduced very quickly.
It might be because of an EU Directive (which put the onus on the member State to introduce the requirement in what ever way they wish) or it might be because of a national need.
But whatever the reason, the Regulation gets drawn up by the relevant body, i.e. HSE, OOR etc, and is placed before Parliament by the SofS for 30 days.
Basically the document gets left on a table in the Hall for people to take a look at...
After that time, if there's no official objections, i.e. an MP notices an error, then it becomes Law.

That's about it. .salut
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Thanks very much for the info.

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If you have a look at S15 of the H&SAWA you will see that the act allows the Secretary of State to make new regulations:

"Subject to the provisions of section 50, the Secretary of State F2 . . . shall have power to make regulations under this section for any of the general purposes of this Part (and regulations so made are in this Part referred to as “ health and safety regulations ”.

Changes are normally made using Statutory Instruments: http://www.parliament.uk/business/bills ... struments/

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