RRC PN (2004-05) 07

Session 2004-05        8 March 2005

Publication of reports


The Regulatory Reform Committee has recommended unanimously that two Draft Regulatory Reform Orders should be approved.

1. DRAFT REGULATORY REFORM (EXECUTION OF DEEDS AND DOCUMENTS) ORDER 2005

The Committee will be publishing its report on the Government's Draft Regulatory Reform (Execution of Deeds and Documents) Order 2005 at 2.00 pm on Friday 11 March.

The Committee has recommended unanimously that the draft Order be approved.

The Report will be published as its Seventh Report of the current Session.

It will be available from all Stationery Office outlets (Ref HC 429).

2. DRAFT REGULATORY REFORM (NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE CHARITABLE AND NON-CHARITABLE TRUST ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT) ORDER 2005

The Committee will be publishing its report on the Government's Draft Regulatory Reform (National Health Service Charitable and Non-Charitable Trust Accounts and Audit) Order 2005 at 2.00 pm on Friday 11 March.

The Committee has recommended unanimously that the draft Order be approved.

The Report will be published as its Eighth Report of the current Session.

It will be available from all Stationery Office outlets (Ref HC 430).

3. GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE COMMITTEE'S FIRST SPECIAL REPORT OF SESSION 2004-05:  OPERATION OF THE REGULATORY REFORM ACT 2001

The report (Government Response to the Committee's First Special Report of Session 2004-05:  Operation of the Regulatory Reform Act 2001) will be published at 2.00 pm on Friday 11 March.

The Report will be published as its Second Special Report of the current Session.

It will be available from all Stationery Office outlets (Ref HC 431).

Notes for Editors

1. The draft Regulatory Reform (Execution of Deeds and Documents) Order 2005 was laid on 21 February.  The Order will implement reforms to legislation governing the execution of deeds and other documents by and on behalf of companies and other corporations. These reforms were first identified in a report by the Law Commission of England and Wales.

2. The draft Regulatory Reform (National Health Service Charitable and Non-Charitable Trust Accounts and Audit) Order 2005 was laid on 9 February.  The Order will remove an anomaly in existing legislation whereby NHS charitable bodies in England and Wales are required to produce two separate sets of accounts and submit one of them to the Department of Health and one to the Charity Commission.  The Order will amend the relevant legislation to provide that NHS Charities will not be required to prepare separate accounts of their funds for submission to government.

3. The Regulatory Reform Committee published its report into working of the 2001 Regulatory Reform Act on 31 January 2005. The Government has now provided its response.

4. The Regulatory Reform Committee has the task of examining and reporting to the House on every document containing proposals laid before the House under section 6 of the Regulatory Reform Act and every draft order proposed to be made under section 1 of that Act. The Committee also oversees the operation of the regulatory reform procedure.

5. Since the passage of the Regulatory Reform Act, over 20 regulatory reform orders have been made. Copies of all proposals and draft Orders are available on the Cabinet Office website at http://www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/regulation/rra/rro/proposals.asp

The Members of the Committee are:

Mr Peter Pike (Labour, Burnley) (Chairman)
Mr Russell Brown (Labour, Dumfries)
Brian Cotter (Liberal Democrat, Weston-Super-Mare)
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Democratic Unionist, Lagan Valley)
Mr Dai Havard (Labour, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney)
Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Labour, Edinburgh North and Leith)
Andy King (Labour, Rugby and Kenilworth)
Mr Andrew Love (Labour/Co-op, Edmonton)
Mr John MacDougall (Labour, Central Fife)
Chris Mole (Labour, Ipswich)
Mr Denis Murphy (Labour, Wansbeck)
Dr Doug Naysmith (Labour/Co-op, Bristol North West)
Mr Archie Norman (Conservative, Tunbridge Wells)
Andrew Rosindell (Conservative, Romford)
Mr Anthony Steen (Conservative, Totnes)
Brian White (Labour, Milton Keynes North East)

For further information on the work of the Committee, contact Mick Hillyard, Clerk of the Committee (020 7219 2830);  or see the Committee's website www.parliament.uk/regrefcom