Legislation / Legal

LC: The Law Commission has published its 11th Programme of Law Reform, which will form a substantial part of their work for the next 3 years.  
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PC&PE: Rules governing taxis and private hire vehicles need urgent & wholesale reform, say a cross-party group of MPs. The problems posed by taxis & private hire vehicles (PHVs) operating outside of the district in which they are licensed – the phenomenon called 'cross-border hire' – cannot be solved without new legislation says the Commons Transport Select Committee in a report published last week.
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PC&PE: The UK needs a clear & consistent process to make governments accountable for the constitutional changes they introduce says the House of Lords Constitution Committee. In its report on the Process of Constitutional Change, the committee says that ‘it is not acceptable that the UK has no agreed process for constitutional change when the constitution is the foundation upon which law and government are built’.
 
The committee's report sets out a ‘comprehensive package’ of processes which governments should follow to ensure it meets these standards, including publishing green & white papers & draft bills, and considering the detail of proposed changes in Cabinet committee.  
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PC&PE: The House of Lords Constitution Committee has published its report on the Scotland Bill, which would modify the finances of the Scottish Parliament, including a new Scottish rate of income tax, as well as making a number of adjustments to the boundary of devolved responsibilities. The Bill is due to have its second reading in the Lords on 8 September 2011.
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