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Departmental Regulation

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulations

(1) her Department has introduced (a) in the six months prior to 1 September 2010 and (b) in the six months after 1 September 2010 which it has determined do not impose costs on businesses;

(2) that impose costs on businesses her Department has (a) introduced and (b) removed since 1 September 2010; what the net effect on the costs on businesses of such introductions and removals was; and what regulations have been excluded from the one-in one-out system because they address (i) emergencies and (ii) systemic financial risks since 1 September 2010;

(3) that impose costs on businesses her Department (a) introduced and (b) removed in the six months prior to 1 September 2010; and what the net effect on the costs on businesses of such introductions and removals was.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The one-in, one-out regulatory management system, although announced in September, did not come into force till January 2011.

DEFRA does not hold information on the net cost to business of regulations introduced or removed prior to 1 September 2010. Such information was not collected routinely at that time and the cost of compiling it would be disproportionate.

A list of regulatory measures introduced or removed in the first half of 2011 can be found in the Statement of New Regulation in the Libraries of the House.

There have been no DEFRA regulations excluded from the one-in, one-out system because they address (i) emergencies and (ii) systemic financial risks since 1 September 2010.

In the six months after 1 September 2010, the following five regulations were introduced which do not impose costs on businesses:

1. The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2011 (SI 2011/95)

2. The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2011 (SI 2011/694)

3. The Sea Fishing (Penalty Notices) (England) Order 2011 (SI 2011/758)

4. The Seeds (National Lists of Varieties) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/464)

5. The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2011.

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