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Departments: Legislation

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 12 September 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which Bills introduced by his Department in the last five years did not contain sunset clauses; and if he will make a statement. (152494)

As I explained in my answer to the hon. Member for Twickenham's question 151837, the Gambling Act 2005 and the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006 contain sunset clauses: the following Acts introduced by my Department do not contain sunset clauses—the Office of Communications Act 2002, the National Heritage Act 2002, the Licensing Act 2003, the Communications Act 2003, the National Lottery (Funding of Endowments) Act 2003, the Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003, the Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003, the Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Act 2004, the National Lottery Act 2006 and the Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Act 2007.

The appropriateness of a sunset clause for the whole or any part of proposed legislation is considered on a case by case basis. It is also addressed when a regulatory impact assessment relating to legislation is being prepared.