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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 Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy to include a sunset clause in all new legislation unless a specific case can be made to exclude a sunset clause. [120858]

The revised RIA guidance 'Better Policy Making: A Guide to Regulatory Impact Assessment' 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.The Department for Culture, Media and Sport actively promotes the better regulation agenda. When we do regulate we aim to do so in a light touch way. We will use sunsetting where it makes sense to do so.