Statutory Instruments, &c.
LIST NO. 25 : Friday 6 February 2015


Treaties subject to negative resolution procedure

Some treaties are subject to negative procedure before they are ratified. Section 20 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act provides for a period of 21 sitting days (days on which both Houses sit), beginning with the sitting day after a copy of the treaty is laid before Parliament, within which either House may resolve that the treaty should not be ratified. There are provisions for the period to be extended and, if either House resolves that the treaty should not be ratified, a Minister may lay a statement indicating that he or she is of the opinion that the treaty should nevertheless be ratified (and why). If such a statement follows a resolution of the House of Commons that the treaty should not be ratified, this triggers a further 21-day period during which the House of Commons may come to the same resolution again.

Name of treaty

Laid before the House

No. of days unexpired on date of issue

Bulgaria No. 1 (2015),-Agreement, done at Sofia on 29 October 2014, on amending the Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria concerning the Protection of Classified Information (Cm. 8997)

19 Jan


Prepared 6th February 2015