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Statute Law: Making Legislation

This series of interviews, followed by a lecture, provides a unique insight in the process by which legislation is created in the United Kingdom. All the interviewees are involved in the making of legislation in Whitehall, in Parliament or in the wider worlds of politics.
These materials were produced by the Statute Law Society, an educational charity devoted to promoting knowledge and understanding about legislation and the legislative process (http://www.statutelawsociety.org), and the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law (http://www.iecl.ox.ac.uk/), with the support of the UK Centre for Legal Education (http://www.ukcle.ac.uk/) and law firm Herbert Smith LLP (http://www.herbertsmith.com).
Academic institutions wishing to order a free set of DVDs with all the interviews and the lecture for educational purposes should write to statutelaw@aol.com

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 01. Introduction to Making Legislation series Phillip Sales, High Court Judge and Statute Law Society member introduces the Making Legislation series which will look at how new laws are created. Phillip Sales 30 Nov 2010
2 02. The Politician: How a Government Minister gets proposals accepted for presentation as part of the Government's legislative programme How a Government Minister gets proposals accepted for presentation as part of the Government's legislative programme. Interview with Lord Falconer of Thoroton, former Lord Chancellor. Lord Falconer, Phillip Sales 30 Nov 2010
3 03. The Politician: A Minister's role in taking a Bill through Parliament Interview with Lord Falconer on a minister's role in taking a Bill through Parliament. Lord Falconer, Phillip Sales 30 Nov 2010
4 04. The Departmental Lawyer: The process within a Government Department for development of the policy ideas underlying legislative proposals Interview with Michelle Dyson, Departmental Lawyer on the process within a Government Department for development of the policy ideas underlying legislative proposals. Michelle Dyson, Phillip Sales 30 Nov 2010
5 05. The Departmental Lawyer: The detailed development by a Government Department of proposals for legislation Interview with Michelle Dyson, Departmental Lawyer, on the detailed development by a Government Department of proposals for legislation. Michelle Dyson, Phillip Sales 30 Nov 2010
6 06. The Departmental Lawyer: The role of officials in a department in handling the passage of a Bill through Parliament Interview with Michelle Dyson, a Departmental Lawyer, on the role of officials in a department in handling the passage of a Bill through Parliament. Michelle Dyson, Phillip Sales 30 Nov 2010
7 07. The Drafter: The role of Parliamentary Counsel at the planning stage for legislation Interview with Stephen Laws, First Parliamentary Counsel on the role of Parliamentary Counsel at the planning stage for legislation. Stephen Laws, Phillip Sales 30 Nov 2010
8 08. The Drafter: How Parliamentary Counsel sets about drafting an Act of Parliament Interview with Stephen Laws, First Parliamentary Counsel, on how Parliamentary Counsel sets about drafting an Act of Parliament. Stephen Laws, Phillip Sales 30 Nov 2010
9 09. The Drafter: Pre-legislative scrutiny of Bills and the role of Parliamentary Counsel as a Bill proceeds through Parliament Interview with Stephen Laws, First Parliamentary Counsel, on pre-legislative scrutiny of Bills and the role of Parliamentary Counsel as a Bill proceeds through Parliament. Stephen Laws, Phillip Sales 30 Nov 2010
10 10. Parliamentary Officials: The Parliamentary procedure for making an Act of Parliament Interview with Parliamentary officials David Natzler from the Public Bill Office in the House of Commons and Sarah Jones from the House of Lords on The Parliamentary procedure for making an Act of Parliament. David Natzler, Sarah Jones, Phillip Sales 30 Nov 2010
11 11. The Legal Adviser: The Role of the Joint Committee on Human Rights in the Legislative Process Interview with Murray Hunt, Legal Adviser to Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights on the role of the Joint Committee on Human Rights in the legislative process. Murray Hunt, Phillip Sales 30 Nov 2010
12 12. The Law Commissioner: The role of the Law Commission in the Legislative Process Interview with Lord Justice Etherton, Chairman of the Law Commission 2006-2009, on the role of the Law Commission in the legislative process. Lord Justice Etherton, Phillip Sales 30 Nov 2010
13 13. How Statute Law is Made Lecture Lecture by Stephen Laws, First Parliamentary Council, on the making of statutes. Given at the University of Oxford on 11 October 2010. Stephen Laws 30 Nov 2010