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Sunset Clauses

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to include a sunset clause in all new legislation promoted by her Department unless a specific case can be made to exclude a sunset clause. [120849]

The revised RIA guidance 'Better Policy Making: A Guide to Regulatory Impact Assessments' was published on 28 January 2003. It advises policy officials to consider time limiting or sunsetting at an early stage of policy development and gives specific examples of where sunsetting may be appropriate.Defra actively promotes the better regulation agenda and the use of sunsetting where appropriate.