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Employment: Regulation

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

(1) To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring costs of implementing the Employment Relations Act 1999 to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators; (125593)

(2) what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring costs of implementing the Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 1999 (European Works Councils) to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators;

(3) what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring costs of implementing the Working Time Regulations 1999 to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators;

(4) what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring costs of implementing the Employment Act 2002 to (i) businesses and (ii) his Department;

(5) what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Part-Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators;

(6) what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Maternity and Parental Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2001 to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators;

(7) what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Flexible Working (Procedural Requirements) Regulations 2002 to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators.

The DTI is totally committed to better regulation. On 11 December it published an ambitious Simplification Plan to reduce administrative burdens by 25 per cent. per year by 2010. The plan is a key part of an ongoing commitment to reducing unnecessary red tape and to making essential regulation simpler and more streamlined.

Details in respect of these seven questions are set out as follows:

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The Employment Relations Act

The full Regulatory Impact Assessment of the Employment Relations Bill 1999 can be found from page 30 in the DTI publication “Employment Relations Research Series No. 53: 1999 Compendium of Regulatory Impact Assessments”, URN 06/955. (Figures are in 1998 prices).

125595

The Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 1999 (European Works Councils)

The full Regulatory Impact Assessment of the Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 1999 can be found from page 174 in the DTI publication “Employment Relations Research Series No. 53: 1999 Compendium of Regulatory Impact Assessments”, URN 06/955. (Figures are in 1999 prices).

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The Working Time Regulations 1999

The full Regulatory Impact Assessment of the Working Time Regulations 1999 can be found from page 117 in the DTI publication “Employment Relations Research Series No. 53: 1999 Compendium of Regulatory Impact Assessments”, URN 06/955.

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The Employment Act 2002

An assessment of the costs and benefits of the different legislation contained within the Employment Act 2002 can be found in the following DTI publications: “Employment Relations Research Series No. 40: 2002 Compendium of Regulatory Impact Assessments”, URN 05/582; “Employment Relations Research Series No. 28: 2003 Compendium of Regulatory Impact Assessments”, URN 04/743; and “Employment Relations Research Series No. 44: Employment Relations Monitoring and Evaluation Plan 2005”, URN 05/1019.

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The Part-Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000

The full Regulatory Impact Assessment of the Part-Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 can be found from page 1 in the DTI publication “Employment Relations Research Series No. 60: 2000 Compendium of Regulatory Impact Assessments” URN 06/1164.

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The Maternity and Parental Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2001

The full Regulatory Impact Assessment of the Parental Leave Regulations: changes to extend entitlement can be found from page 112 in the DTI publication “Employment Relations Research Series No. 52: 2001 Compendium of Regulatory Impact Assessments”, URN 06/927. The costs in part A of the RIA, associated with extending parental leave entitlements to all parents of children under five as at December 1999, no longer apply. The costs in part B of the RIA associated with providing additional leave for the parents of disabled children are ongoing.

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The Flexible Working (Procedural Requirements) Regulations 2002

The full Regulatory Impact Assessment of the Flexible Working (Procedural Requirements) Regulations 2002 can be found in the DTI publication “Employment Relations Research Series No. 40: 2002 Compendium of Regulatory Impact Assessments”, URN 05/582.