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Food: Beef

Volume 702: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 9 June (WA 82), whether regulatory impact assessments in general are normally reviewed; and whether this is standard practice in all departments. [HL4247]

In May 2007, the Government introduced a revised impact assessment process to improve clarity and transparency of new regulations. This has increased the focus on the costs and benefits associated with regulations, supported by a strengthened ministerial declaration that has helped bolster the quality of this analysis.

The revised impact assessment process has placed greater weight on post-implementation reviews, with the central guidance stating this should be carried out after three years (depending on the nature of the policy). This review should be used to establish the actual costs and benefits and whether the regulation is achieving the desired effects.

These revisions complement new arrangements introduced by the Office of the Leader of the House to carry out standardised post-legislative scrutiny. The new system is intended to respond to calls that once an Act has been passed insufficient attention is paid to whether it has been implemented well and to its actual effects.

These changes promote a more systematic approach to post-legislative scrutiny by Government, working with Parliament.