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Departmental Regulation

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Gordon Banks Gordon Banks Labour, Ochil and South Perthshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what regulations his Department introduced between 1 March 2011 and 31 May 2011; and what the estimated costs of implementation for those affected were in each case.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office introduced no regulations between 1 March 2011 and 31 May 2011 but it introduced the following Orders in Council:

The Tunisia (Restrictive Measures) (Overseas Territories) Order 2011;

The European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Partnership and Cooperation Agreement) (Republic of Indonesia) Order 2011;

The European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Stabilisation and Association Agreement) (Republic of Serbia) Order 2011;

The Libya (Restrictive Measures) (Overseas Territories) Order 2011;

The Treaty of Lisbon (Changes in Terminology) Order 2011;

The Irish Sailors and Soldiers Land Trust Act (Dissolution) Order 2011;

The Consular Fees Order 2011.

The estimated cost of implementation for those affected was minimal. The Irish Sailors and Soldiers Land Trust Act (Dissolution) Order 2011 dissolved a charity, but the first five Orders were considered to have no impact on business, charities or voluntary bodies and a negligible impact on the public sector. These five Orders are all related to implementing international obligations of the United Kingdom. The Consular Fees Order 2011 amends the fees set by the Consular Fees Order 2010 (as amended). The detail of these changes was set out in a written ministerial statement on 22 March 2011, Hansard, columns 50-51WS.

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