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Report of the
Examiner of Statutory Rules
the Assembly
the Appropriate Committees

11 February 2011
NIA 42/10/11R

Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development S.R. 2011 Nos. 9, 22
Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Draft S.R.: The Debt Relief (2010 Act) (Transitional Provision) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

Draft S.R.: The Insolvency (Monetary Amounts) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

S.R. 2011 Nos. 14, 15
Committee for the Environment S.R. 2011 Nos. 18, 20, 21
Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety S.R. 2011 No. 17
Committee for Social Development S.R. 2011 No. 12

1. In accordance with the delegations in respect of the technical scrutiny of statutory rules under Standing Order 41(4)(b) (now renumbered as Standing Order 43(4)(b)) given to the Examiner of Statutory Rules by the appropriate Committees on 11, 16, 17 and 18 May 2007 and 22 April 2010, I submit my report on the statutory rules listed in the Appendix.

2. My terms of reference are essentially set out in Standing Order 43(6) (taken with the delegations under Standing Order 43(4)(b)). They are as follows:

“(6) In scrutinising an instrument the appropriate Committee shall inter alia consider the instrument with a view to determining and reporting on whether it requires to be drawn to the special attention of the Assembly on any of the following grounds, namely, that –

(a) it imposes a charge on the public revenues or prescribes the amount of any such charge;

(b) it contains provisions requiring any payment to be made to any Northern Ireland department or public body in respect of any approval, authorisation, licence or consent or of any service provided or to be provided by that department or body or prescribes the amount of any such payment;

(c) the parent legislation excludes it from challenge in the courts;

(d) it purports to have retrospective effect where the parent legislation confers no express authority so to provide;

(e) there appears to have been unjustifiable delay in the publication of it or in the laying of it before the Assembly;

(f) there appears to be a doubt whether it is intra vires or it appears to make some unusual or unexpected use of the powers conferred by the parent legislation;

(g) it calls for elucidation;

(h) it appears to have defects in its drafting;

or on any other ground which does not impinge on its merits or the policy behind it.”.

Statutory rules to which attention is drawn in this report

3. I do not draw attention to any of the statutory rules listed in the Appendix.

W G Nabney
Examiner of Statutory Rules
11 February 2011


(The attention of the appropriate Committees and the Assembly is drawn to
those statutory rules marked in bold)

Draft statutory rules requiring the approval of the Assembly

The Debt Relief (2010 Act) (Transitional Provision) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

The Insolvency (Monetary Amounts) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

Statutory rule subject to affirmative resolution

The Insolvency (Fees) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (S.R. 2011/14)

Statutory rules subject to negative resolution

The Biomass Processing Challenge Fund (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (S.R. 2011/9)

The Charities Act 2008 (Transitional Provision) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (S.R. 2011/12)

The Debt Relief Orders (Designation of Competent Authorities) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (S.R. 2011/15)

The Regulation and Improvement Authority (Independent Health Care) (Fess and Frequency of Inspections) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (S.R. 2011/17)

The Motor Vehicles Testing (Electronic Communications) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (S.R. 2011/18)

The Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (S.R. 2011/20)

The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (S.R. 2011/21)

The Plant Health (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 (S.R. 2011/22)