Acts of Parliament are only a small part of the annual legislative output. Statutory Instruments (which are themselves only one kind of delegated legislation) outnumber Public General Acts by a factor of twenty and outweigh them by a factor of five. 

Road Traffic Act 1988 s.17(1)

The Secretary of State may make regulations prescribing (by reference to shape, construction or any other quality) types of helmet recommended as affording protection to persons on or in motor cycles ... from injury in the event of accident.


Local Government Act 1972 s.235

[A District Council] may make bye-laws for the good rule and government of the whole or any part of the District ... and for the prevention of nuisances therein.

Courts Act 2003 s.69

(1) There are to be rules of court (to be called "Criminal Procedure Rules") governing the practice and procedure to be followed in the criminal courts.

(2) Criminal Procedure Rules are to be made by a committee known as the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee.

Courts Act 2003 s.70

(1) The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee is to consist of

(a) the Lord Chief Justice, and

(b) the persons currently appointed by the Lord Chancellor under subsection (2).

(2) The Lord Chancellor must appoint a person nominated by the Secretary of State, three persons each of whom is either a puisne judge of the High Court or an ordinary judge of the Court of Appeal, two Circuit judges with particular experience of sitting in criminal courts, one District Judge (Magistrates' Courts), one lay justice, one justices' clerk, the Director of Public Prosecutions or a person nominated by the Director, two persons who have a Supreme Court qualification and who have particular experience of practice in criminal courts, two persons who have been granted by an authorised body, under Part 2 of the 1990 Act, the right to conduct litigation in relation to all proceedings in the Supreme Court and have particular experience of practice in criminal courts, one person who appears to represent the Association of Chief Police Officers, and two persons who appear to represent voluntary organisations with a direct interest in the work of criminal courts.

Section 75 makes similar provision for Family Procedure Rules, and section 82 for Civil Procedure Rules.

Solicitors Act 1974 s.31(1)

The Council [of the Law Society] may, if they think fit, make rules ... for regulating the professional practice, conduct and discipline of solicitors.

Church of England (Worship and Doctrine) Measure 1974 s.1(1)

It shall be lawful for the General Synod to make provision by Canon with respect to worship in the Church of England ...

[Contrast this with the decision to ordain women to the priesthood, which after being passed by a two-thirds majority in Synod had to be approved by each House of Parliament and receive royal assent before it could become law as the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993.]

Railways Act 1993 s.129(1)

An independent railway operator may make bye-laws regulating ... the conduct of all persons while on [trains or railway property].

National Trust Act 1907 s.33

The National Trust may in respect of any building forming part of the Trust property make byelaws ...

sign up to revision world banner