Michelle Dyson, Government lawyer, interviewed by Mr Justice Sales, Judge of the High Court, Chancery Division.
This is one in a series of interviews with senior lawyers and politicians describing the process, from start to finish, of how a policy becomes an Act of Parliament.
The complete interviews can be viewed on iTunesU at http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/statute-law-making-legislation/id407263684
STATUTE LAW: MAKING LEGISLATION
The politician (Lord Falconer of Thoroton)
- How a Government Minister gets proposals accepted for presentation as part of the Government's legislative programme.
- A Minister's role in taking a Bill through Parliament
The departmental lawyer (Michelle Dyson)
- The process within a Government Department for development of the policy ideas underlying legislative proposals
- The detailed development by a Government Department of proposals for legislation
- The role of officials in a department in handling the passage of a Bill through Parliament
The drafter (Stephen Laws)
- The role of Parliamentary Counsel at the planning stage of legislation
- How Parliamentary Counsel sets about drafting an Act of Parliament
- Pre-legislative scrutiny of Bills and the role of Parliamentary Counsel as a Bill proceeds through Parliament
Parliamentary officials (David Natzler from the House of Commons and Sarah Jones from the House of Lords)
- The Parliamentary procedure for making an Act of Parliament
The Legal Adviser to Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights (Murray Hunt)
- The role of the Joint Committee on Human Rights in the legislative process
The Law Commissioner (Lord Justice Etherton)
- The role of the Law Commission in the legislative process
The Statute Law Society gratefully acknowledges financial support from the UK Centre for Legal Education and from Herbert Smith LLP. Thanks are also due to Oxford University for hosting the interviews on their ITunesU page.