Better Regulation?

17 April 2014

The Regulatory Reform Committee is today announcing a new inquiry into Better Regulation.

Call for Evidence

The closing date for written evidence is Friday 13 June 2014. Written evidence is 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.

Guidance for submissions

As part of a scheme to encourage paperless working and maximise efficiency, the Committee is piloting a new web portal for online submissions of written evidence. Written submissions for this inquiry should therefore be sent online via the written submission form.

Submissions should be a self-contained memorandum, in Word or Rich Text format, not PDF. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should, if possible, include an executive summary.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or by making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

The personal information you supply will be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purposes of attributing the evidence you submit and contacting you as necessary in connection with its processing. We may also ask you to comment on the process of submitting evidence via the web portal so that we can look to make improvements. The Clerk of the House of Commons is the data controller for the purposes of the Act. If you have any queries or concerns about the collection and use of this information or do not wish for your details to be used for this purpose, please advise the Committee staff at providing your full name.

About the Committee

The Regulatory Reform Committee is appointed to examine and report to the House on draft Legislative Reform Orders under the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 and matters relating to regulatory reform. Its full remit is set out in S.O. No. 141.

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