Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 13th December 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

(1) which regulations his Department repealed between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and what the anticipated total savings will be from repealing those regulations;

(2) what regulations his Department introduced between 1 February and 31 May 2012; and at what cost to the public purse.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

holding answers 18 and 28 June 2012

Minimising regulatory burdens and creating the conditions for businesses and enterprise to flourish is a key priority for my Department.

The “Third Statement of New Regulation” published by my Department shows that we will reduce the overall burden of regulation on business by £0.26 million in the period from 1 January to 30 June 2012. Over the three Statements of New Regulation, we estimate that the measures we are introducing this year will lead to cost savings to businesses of £4.26 million per year. As a Department we are continuing to reduce burdens to businesses.

Statutory instruments should not necessarily be viewed as regulations—they are pieces of secondary legislation which ensure policy and functional measures have parliamentary scrutiny and oversight. In this period, my Department issued 64 statutory instruments, 12 of which revoked previous statutory instruments. In total, based on the explanatory memorandums to the instruments, 20 were deregulatory or otherwise beneficial to business; 36 had no quantifiable impact on the private and voluntary sectors; the remainder were largely consequential amendments and commencement orders. A list has been placed in the Library. On this basis, one could notionally assert that 20 regulatory measures have been removed and none introduced.

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