New Clause 10 - Equality impact assessments

Part of Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform Bill) – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:15 pm on 29 November 2022.

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Photo of Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Conservative, South West Devon 2:15, 29 November 2022

With this it will be convenient to discuss new clause 11—Impact assessments—

“(1) This section applies when—

(a) a relevant national authority is making regulations under section 12, 13, 15 or 16, or

(b) EU-derived subordinate legislation or retained direct EU legislation is to be revoked under section 1(1) of this Act and regulations made under section 2 do not apply to that legislation.

(2) Six weeks prior to the coming into force of the regulations or (as the case may be) three months before the revocation of the legislation, a relevant national authority must lay before Parliament the report required by subsection (3).

(3) The report required by this subsection must outline the impact the authority expects the regulations or (as the case may be) revocation to have on—

(a) the UK’s obligations under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement,

(b) divergence in standards, rights, protections and regulatory burden between component parts of the UK,

(c) the regulatory burden for businesses seeking to import or export goods or services, and

(d) level playing field provisions contained within bilateral trade agreements between the UK and countries outside the EU.

(4) If the report required by subsection (3) is not laid before Parliament by the date required by subsection (2), the regulations may not be made or (as the case may be) the legislation is, notwithstanding section 1(1), not revoked.”

This new clause will insert the requirement for taking out a comprehensive impact assessment when using the powers afforded by sections 12, 13, 15, and 16, and before the application of section 1(1) (sunset of retained EU law).