Regulatory Reform Committee

38.68A Deregulation Committee was first appointed in Session 1994–95, following the enactment of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994. Following the passage into law of the Regulatory Reform Act 2001, the Committee's name was changed to the Deregulation and Regulatory Reform Committee, and its standing order amended to allow it to deal with orders prepared under both Acts.1 Once the last of the deregulation orders had passed through its parliamentary stages, the Committee's name was changed to the Regulatory Reform Committee.2 The Committee's standing order was again amended in 2007 so that the committee can deal with draft orders laid under the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 (see para 31.36 ).3 The Committee's remit was expanded in 2012 to include certain draft orders under the Localism Act 2011 and the Fire and Rescue Act 2004.4 The Committee can also examine general matters relating to regulatory reform.

The Committee consists of 14 members and has the usual select committee powers, including power to appoint a sub-committee. In addition, the Committee and its sub-committee have the power to invite Members of the House who are not members of the Committee to attend meetings at which witnesses are being examined in relation to draft legislative reform orders and, at the Chair's discretion, to ask questions. Such Members are not permitted to participate in other proceedings of the Committee or sub-committee and may not vote or count towards the quorum. The Committee is advised by one of the Speaker's Counsel.


  1. CJ (2000–01) 342.
  2. CJ (2001–02) 557.
  3. CJ (2006–07) 462–64 and Procedure Committee, First Report of Session 2005–06, HC 894, especially paras 66–74.
  4. CJ (2010–12) 1219–21.