Statutory Instruments

A time honoured method of implementing legislative change by enacting supplementary legislation - also referred to as Statutory Instruments. This is a legislative expedient which is often resorted to, especially with respect to provisions in existing laws which are subject to amendment on a recurring basis. 

Statutory Instruments can only be passed under the authority of an enabling Act, sometimes referred to as the 'Parent Act". This is an Act which delegates to a particular Minister the power or authority to make a Statutory instrument. Statutory Instruments can be made by implementing either the Affirmative Resolution Procedure or the Negative Resolution Procedure.