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The Parliamentary Counsel are a specialised team of lawyers based in Whitehall. Their main work is drafting Government Bills for introduction into Parliament and related Parliamentary business.

Parliamentary Counsel also draft certain Orders in Council and other subordinate legislation when specially instructed. They also review subordinate legislation which amends primary legislation; this arises particularly in relation to European matters. They also advise the Government on legal, parliamentary and constitutional questions falling within their special experience.

Quotes from Acts of Parliament drafted by the OPC

"An Act to set a target for the year 2050 for the reduction of targeted greenhouse gas emissions…"
Climate Change Act 2008

"There shall be a body corporate known as the Commission for Equality and Human Rights."
Equality Act 2006

"The Assembly may make laws, to be known as Measures of the National Assembly for Wales or Mesurau Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru…"
Government of Wales Act 2006

"An Act to... establish a Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and to abolish the appellate jurisdiction of the House of Lords..."
Constitutional Reform Act 2005

"An Act to make provision in connection with anti-social behaviour."
Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003