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Regulatory Impact Assessments: Command Paper

Volume 703: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

My honourable friend the Minister of State for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs (Pat McFadden) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The Government are committed to ensuring that regulations are necessary, give effective protection, balance cost and risk, are fair and command public confidence.

In accordance with this, we require departments to produce and publish (regulatory) impact assessments for all regulatory proposals likely to have an impact on business, charities or voluntary bodies and the public sector.

I have today presented to Parliament a Command Paper listing impact assessments published between 1 July 2007 and 31 March 2008.

Copies have been placed in the Libraries of the House for the reference of Members and will be available in the Vote Office.

The Government have now launched the impact assessment library, a central website that ensures increased transparency and accessibility to the analysis underpinning the Government's decision to regulate. The impact assessment library can be found at: www.ialibrary .berr.gov.uk.

As a result of the launch of the impact assessment library, this will be the last Command Paper published providing information on final impact assessments.