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Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

My noble Friend the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Jones of Birmingham, has made the following statement:

Following my closing speech at Second Reading on the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill on 28 November 2007, Official Report, column 1280, I would like to clarify to the House the Government’s understanding of the British Retail Consortium’s views on the inclusion of a cost recovery provision relating to the operation of the Primary Authority arrangements under part 2 of the Bill.

I understand that the position of the British Retail Consortium is that there should be no such charges on businesses in a Primary Authority partnership. In informal discussion during the consultation on the draft Bill with a number of businesses, however, it was put to us that the inclusion of a power for local authorities to recover the costs of the service provided from the business would not be unwelcome, provided that the service provided ensured a reliable level of consistency in the regulatory approach taken to the business across the country.