Better Regulation?

Inquiry status: concluded

Terms of Reference

Written submissions of evidence are invited in answer to the following questions: 

The objectives and effectiveness of the Better Regulation framework

  • The effectiveness of the Better Regulation Executive of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the Better Regulation Units within Government departments.
  • The effectiveness of the Cabinet Office’s Reducing Regulation sub-Committee and the Regulatory Policy Committee of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
  • The effectiveness of Government initiatives to reduce regulation, including: the Red Tape Challenge, One In Two Out, the moratorium on new regulations for micro-businesses and start-ups; and Focus on Enforcement.

Government departments’ regulatory strategies and performance

  • Departments’ performance in reducing regulation, in the current Parliament.
  • The extent to which Departments monitor and evaluate their stock of regulation.
  • The quality and effectiveness of impact assessments, including their use in relation to European Union legislation.
  • The extent to which Departments evaluate the impacts of regulation once it has come into effect.
  • The use of legislative reform orders and other deregulatory mechanisms by Departments, and the progress made since the Regulatory Reform Committee’s 2008 report Getting Results: the Better Regulation Executive and the Impact of the Regulatory Reform Agenda.

The scope and impacts of regulation

  • The costs and benefits of regulation for businesses, organisations and individuals.
  • The extent of consultation by policy makers with businesses, organisations and individuals when formulating regulations.
  • Awareness of regulatory requirements in order to ensure compliance.


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