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Mad march of ‘obsessive lawmaking’

[23 Aug 2013] An occasional theme of this space is the amount of new law that successive UK governments pass, as if they have nothing better to do with parliamentary time. So Gary Slapper’s legal knowledge quiz in The Times on 8 August raised a question that piqued our interest, namely:

‘Three years ago, Nick Clegg [deputy PM] said he wanted to end “obsessive lawmaking”. What has happened since?

(a) The coalition halved the number of its Bills
(b) 800 new sections of law have been passed
(c) Annual legislation has reduced by a fifth
(d) 8,000 new sections of law have been passed.’

The answer is (d), naturally.

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