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Government Departments: Hampton Principles

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Byford Baroness Byford Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government to which government departments the Hampton Principles apply.

Photo of Baroness Wilcox Baroness Wilcox The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Hampton Principles apply to all government departments.

Sir Philip Hampton's 2005 review, Reducing administrative burdens: effective inspection and enforcement, considered how to reduce unnecessary administration for businesses, without compromising the UK's excellent regulatory regime.

As a result of the final recommendation, "creating a business-led body at the centre of government to drive implementation of the recommendations and challenge departments on their regulatory performance", the Government created the Better Regulation Executive (BRE) to oversee the reduction of regulatory burdens on business, and hold government departments and regulators to account.

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