EU Law

Justice written question – answered on 13th July 2010.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate the cost to his Department of compliance with regulations arising from EU obligations in the last 12 months.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The information requested is not held centrally and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The scope of this question can potentially include a variety of compliance obligations-ranging from compliance with general employment law and environmental regulations to costs arising from negotiating, implementing, and day to day administration of instruments within the Department's own policy remit.

Work to comply with EU legislation is, in the main, conducted among all the other routine functions of my Department and it is not possible to disaggregate specifically all those costs associated directly with compliance with EU legislation. Where specific significant compliance costs from any EU legislation are anticipated for my Department or any other party affected by it then estimates of those are presented within an Impact Assessment and published on the Department's website. The Impact Assessments that accompany Explanatory Memoranda for Parliament are available in the Libraries of both Houses.

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