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Sunset Clauses

Volume 408: debated on Tuesday 1 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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. [120818]

Revised guidance on Regulatory Impact Assessments, "Better Policy Making: A Guide to Regulatory Impact Assessment", was published by the Cabinet Office on 28 January 2003. It advises officials to consider time-limiting or a sunset clause at an early stage of policy development, and gives specific examples of where a sunset clause may be appropriate.The Department of Trade and Industry actively promotes the better regulation agenda and the use of sunset clauses where appropriate.