Regulatory Reform Committee press notice

Session 2007-08 17 July 2008

Getting Results: The Better Regulation Executive and the Impact of the Regulatory Reform Agenda


The Regulatory Reform Committee has today published a report into the BRE and aspects of the current regulatory reform programme. The inquiry's terms of reference were:

€ the extent to which the BRE has developed a coherent strategy for implementing regulatory reform;

€ whether the BRE works effectively with other areas of government to implement regulatory reform initiatives;

€ whether the approach to measuring and reporting on performance and outcomes is sufficiently robust; and

€ whether the current approach to regulatory reform is delivering genuine results.

The Committee Chairman, Andrew Miller, said:

"The Better Regulation Executive is responsible for delivering the Government's objectives for improving the regulatory environment in the UK. Three years into its existence we wanted to review how well the BRE is performing and what might be done better. We also wished to look at some specific parts of the Government's regulatory reform programme.

Overall, we found that the BRE has taken on an ambitious agenda and is well regarded both in this country and internationally. Some big strides have been made in reforming the culture of regulation, and the BRE can take considerable credit for that. However, much remains to be done, which is why we believe there is a place for closer scrutiny, more accountability, and yet more rigorous evaluation in the area of reforming regulation. As well as focusing on improving some of its own internal working methods, the BRE should now concentrate on enhancing the tangible impact of the regulatory reform programme and pushing for measurement against clear and demanding targets. It should also work on achieving better awareness of what it does, to provide more opportunities for useful feedback.

Good regulation plays a vital part in allowing modern economies to function well, and the needs of the citizen need to be considered alongside those of business. The BRE has done much in working toward more efficient regulation for all elements of society and we hope that it will continue to contribute to an ambitious and balanced programme of reform."

The Report is published at 12 noon on Thursday 17 July as House of Commons Paper HC 474-I. It will be available from Stationery Office outlets.

The text of the report will also be available on the Committee's website from 3.30 pm on the day of publication. (

The oral and written evidence taken by the Committee during the course of its inquiry will be published as Volume II of the Report (HC 474-II) at 12 noon on Monday 21 July.

When the Report is published on 17 July, the Chairman of the Committee, Andrew Miller MP, will be available for interview on 020 7219 3580. Gordon Banks MP (020 7219 8275), Judy Mallaber MP (020 7219 3428) and Dr Doug Naysmith MP (020 7219 4187) who are Members of the Committee, may also be contacted.

Notes for Editors

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.

The Members of the Committee are:

Andrew Miller , Labour , Ellesmere Port & Neston (Chairman)
Gordon Banks , Labour , Ochil and South Perthshire
Lorely Burt , Liberal Democrat , Solihull
Mr Quentin Davies , Labour , Grantham and Stamford
Mr James Gray , Conservative , North Wiltshire
John Hemming , Liberal Democrat , Birmingham, Yardley
Mrs Sharon Hodgson , Labour , Gateshead East & Washington West
Mr Stewart Jackson , Conservative , Peterborough
Judy Mallaber , Labour , Amber Valley
Dr Doug Naysmith , Labour Co/op , Bristol North West
Mr Mark Prisk , Conservative , Hertford and Stortford
Mr Jamie Reed , Labour , Copeland
Mr Anthony Steen , Conservative , Totnes
Phil Wilson , Labour , Sedgefield

For further information on the work of the Committee, contact Liz Booth, Secretary / Committee Assistant (020 7219 2837); or see the Committee's website