Regulations are a form of delegated legislation, (also known as subordinate legislation). Acts are formulated and passed into law by parliament, but delegated legislation is made by a person or group to whom such power has been delegated by parliament.
According to Milne and Tucker (A Practical Guide to Legal Research Law Book Co., 2008), "Delegated legislation usually concerns matters which are administrative in nature, involve technical or procedural issues or cover an area of law which changes or requires updating frequently. It is more efficient for these types of matters to be dealt with by delegated bodies rather than involve the slower and more complex parliamentary process."
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