Regulation

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 1st May 2012.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many regulations his Department repealed between 1 June 2011 and 31 January 2012; and if he will estimate the potential savings in each case.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

holding answer 14 March 2012

DCLG is committed to removing needless bureaucracy and unnecessary burdens. The Localism Act received Royal Assent in November 2011, and has freed local Government from central and regional control.

The Localism Act removes the requirements on home sellers and buyers to obtain a Home Information Pack, saving an estimated £41 million in administrative costs. It also introduces Neighbourhood Plans which cut red tape on planning application processes, reducing around £14 million of administrative burdens.

I also refer the hon. Member to my Department's Second Statement of New Regulation, which outlines five measures to reduce the burdens on business by an estimated £4.26 million over this period.

A list of the statutory instruments which were revoked between 1 June 2011 and 31 January 2012 is listed in the following table. Statutory instruments should not necessarily be viewed as regulations—they are pieces of secondary legislation which ensure policy measures have parliamentary oversight.

Revoking SI Revoked Sis from 1 June 2011 and 31 January 2012 Impact
The European Regional Development Fund (Operational Programmes) Regulations 2011 European Regional Development Fund (West Midlands Operational Programme) (Implementation) Regulations 2007 The revocation will have no impact on the private or voluntary sector, and will not impose any additional burdens on the public sector.
  European Regional Development Fund (Yorkshire and the Humber Operational Programme) (Implementation) Regulations 2007  
  European Regional Development Fund (South East Operational Programme) (Implementation) Regulations 2007  
  European Regional Development Fund (North East Operational Programme) (Implementation) Regulations 2007  
  European Regional Development Fund (North West Operational Programme) (Implementation) Regulations 2007  
  European Regional Development Fund (South West Operational Programmes) (Implementation) Regulations 2007  
  European Regional Development Fund (East of England Operational Programme) (Implementation) Regulations 2007  
  European Regional Development Fund (East Midlands Operational Programme) (implementation) Regulations 2007  
     
The Town and Country Planning (Compensation) (England) Regulations 2011 The Town and Country Planning (Compensation) (No. 3) (England) Regulations 2010 Overall the introduction of this legislation will benefit householders and local authorities £23.3 million
     
The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011 The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 (revoked or England only) The revocation of this legislation will not impact on the private, voluntary or public sector. For further details of the overall effect of the legislation see associated impact assessment: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2011/1824
  The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (revoked for England only)  
  The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2008 (revoked for England only)  
     
The Cambridge City Fringes Joint Committee (Revocation) Order 2011 Cambridge City Fringes Joint Committee Order No impact on business, charities or voluntary bodies. This revocation has a positive impact on the public sector as will support increasing local responsibility and decision making.
     
The Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011 Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions and Directions) (England) Regulations 2000 The revocation of this legislation has no impact on the private, voluntary, public sectors.
  Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions and Directions) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2001  
  Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions and Directions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2001  
  Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions and Directions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2001  
     
The Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2012 The Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2007(1) This revocation has no impact on business, charities or voluntary bodies.
     
The Local Government (Discretionary Payments) (Injury Allowances) Regulations 2011 Local Government (Discretionary Payments) Regulations 1996(1) (“the 1996 Regulations”) There will be minimal impact on local government and there is no impact on business, charities or voluntary bodies.
     
The Non-Domestic Rating (Small Business Rate Relief) (England) Order 2012 The Non-Domestic Rating (Small Business Rate Relief) (England) Order 2004 The revocation and new legislation will reduce burdens on small businesses by £3 million. For further information see associated impact assessment: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2012/148/impacts

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