New laws passed at decade-low28th May 2012
The number of new laws created has fallen to its lowest level since 1992, indicating a “slackening in the pace of new legislative change”, according to Sweet and Maxwell.
Figures from the legal publisher show that in 2011, changes to existing legislation through new laws fell to 25,708 amendments – down 16% on the previous year.
Acts of Parliament and statutory instruments also fell last year to 1,727 – a decline of 8% on 2010.
In a statement, Sweet and Maxwell said the reduction in legislation was noteworthy because of the recent long term trend to increase legislation to deal with “the increasing complexity of the modern world”.
Parliament recently came in for some criticism from Labour who complained about a lack of legislation in the Queen’s speech.
However, Commons Leader Sir George Young dismissed the claims by stating parliament was “not a legislation factory”.
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