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Legislation process and Cabinet legislation papers

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Friday, 7 July 2017
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This publication is part of the CabGuide.


Cabinet and Cabinet committees consider papers on primary (bills) and secondary (regulations and Orders in Council) legislation. This section provides information on the legislation process, divided into sections on bills and regulations, including:

  • the Legislation Programme, including the format of papers seeking priority for a bill on the Legislation Programme
  • the standard process for the development and approval of bills
  • the requirements for Ministerial consultation on legislation
  • the format of papers seeking approval for the introduction of a bill;
  • the process for policy changes to a bill after introduction (usually through a Supplementary Order Paper)
  • the requirements for officials making submissions to select committees
  • the standard process for the developing and making of regulations, including a flowchart of the process after policy approval
  • the format of papers seeking authorisation to submit regulations to the Executive Council (EC), including requirements around statutory prerequisites and the 28-day rule.

See paragraphs 7.22 to 7.81of the Cabinet Manual for information on the development and approval of bills, and paragraphs 7.82 to 7.101 for information on the development and making of regulations. Officials must also take into account the following guidance on the development of legislation:

Refer to this page for advice on the documents that need to be submitted to the Cabinet Office with the paper seeking approval for the submission of regulations to the Executive Council.

Refer to the following pages for more information

Last updated: 
Sunday, 23 August 2015

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