Diane Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Labour)
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the Impact Assessment Guidance published in August 2011, what steps he is taking to monitor the development by Government departments of impact assessments covering voluntary guidance and commitments; and if he will make a statement.
Mark Prisk (The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Hertford and Stortford, Conservative)
I have been asked to reply
on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
The Impact Assessment Guidance published in August 2011 states that impact assessments are generally required for all UK Government interventions of a regulatory nature. Regulation is defined to include guidance with statutory force or Government backing, but not voluntary guidance and commitments (page 19 IA Guidance). As such, impact assessments are not required for voluntary guidance and commitments. However, to the extent that voluntary guidance is presented as an alternative to regulation within an impact assessment for a regulatory proposal, this will be captured in those documents. The development of Impact Assessments is the responsibility of individual Departments.