(1) which regulations his Department repealed between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and what the anticipated total savings will be from repealing those regulations;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