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Business Support

Volume 711: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they compensate businesses caused financial loss by following inaccurate advice given by government officials concerning the impact of European Union law and its interpretation; and, if so, how. [HL3947]

The government response of March 2009 to the Anderson review noted that a number of government departments operate a complaints process in respect of regulatory guidance. This process applies to government guidance on domestic and European legislation. It may include a discretionary ex gratia payment as one of the options for redress. Any such complaints would be considered on a case by case basis in the light of all the relevant circumstances.