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Business: Regulation

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on post-implementation reviews of regulations affecting businesses. (280737)

The Impact Assessment template requires the timing for the post-implementation review of the regulatory proposal to be set out.

A post-implementation review should establish the actual costs and benefits of the policy and whether it is achieving its desired effects and delivering the policy objective.

Guidance for conducting a post-implementation review is part of the Impact Assessment guidance, available at:

www.berr.gov.uk/whatwedo/bre/policy/scrutinising-new-regulations/preparing-impact-assessments/page44077.html

On 20 March 2008 the Government announced a new approach to post-legislative scrutiny [Command Paper 7320] in response to a report by the Law Commission.

This new approach will complement the Government's internal departmental scrutiny with parliamentary scrutiny—principally by Committees of the House of Commons. Government Departments will publish a memorandum on appropriate Acts of Parliament which will enable the departmental Select Committees of the Commons to decide whether to conduct further scrutiny. Details are available at:

www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/cm73/7320/7320.pdf.