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Letters to the Editor | 25 November 2006

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Calling time on legislation

From Christopher W. Robson

Sir: In your leading article ‘To govern is not to legislate’ (18 November), you quote the late Ralph Harris as arguing that there should be a department for repealing laws. May I suggest that the creation of new laws has now reached a pitch where it would be wise to introduce a rule that all legislation should automatically lapse after a prescribed period unless an express resolution by Parliament calls for its continuance?

Only in this way can the vast volume of legislation be controlled and the very important thrust of your article be delivered....

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