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Approved Contractor Scheme

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has carried out an assessment of the total (a) cost and (b) benefits to companies of compliance with the approved contractor scheme. (58968)

The Home Office published a full regulatory impact assessment (RIA) on 16 February 2006 on the approved contractor scheme (ACS). The full RIA took into account the costs associated with obtaining ACS status and the benefits to companies that ACS will bring.

The effectiveness of the scheme and the standards being applied will be reviewed annually. I have also asked to be kept informed of the uptake of the scheme on a regular basis.