Government's approach to cutting red tape investigated by Committee

08 March 2018

The Regulatory Reform Committee launches an inquiry into the effectiveness of the Government's deregulation agenda and approach to cutting red tape.

The Government's Deregulation Agenda inquiry will examine the volume and breadth of regulations and initiatives to reduce burdens on business and civil society, including the use of Legislative Reform Orders and the 'One In, Three Out' rule.

Chair's comments

Stephen McPartland MP, Chair of the Regulatory Reform Committee, said:

"Successive governments have prioritised deregulation as a way of reducing the costs and burdens on businesses, charities and members of the public.

New initiatives and targets since 2010 have added to the perceived pace at which red tape is being cut, but the Regulatory Reform Committee's inquiry will be investigating just how effective the Government’s deregulation agenda has been. 

With significant pressure on Parliamentary time as the Government legislates for Brexit, the Committee will look at how Parliament can legislate effectively to ensure that public safety and freedoms are at the forefront of our decision making."

Submit your views

The Committee is inviting written evidence on the following:

  • The effectiveness of Government initiatives to reduce regulation, including the use of Legislative Reform Orders and the One In, Three Out rule (and its predecessors).
  • The effectiveness of the Business Impact Target and the measures used to determine costs and burdens.
  • The effectiveness of the Better Regulation Executive of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Better Regulation Units within Government Departments.
  • The effectiveness of the Regulatory Policy Committee of the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy and the Economic and Industrial Strategy (Reducing Regulation) Cabinet sub-Committee.
  • The extent and effectiveness of Departmental evaluation on the impacts of regulation, through statutory and non-statutory post-implementation reviews.
  • The extent of consultation by policy makers with businesses, organisations and individuals when formulating regulations.

You can submit evidence through our evidence portal. The deadline for submissions is 20 April 2018.

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