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Regulatory Policy Committee

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL3424, tabled on 21 November 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the Grenfell Tower fire, what consideration they have given to increasing the scope of the Regulatory Policy Committee so that it can rate impact assessments on the basis of the evidence presented relating to wider societal impacts.

Answered on

28 November 2017

All impact assessments are required to include analysis of the wider societal impacts in line with Green Book rules and these are agreed by senior civil service analysts and where considered significant, signed off by Chief Economists. The role of the Regulatory Policy Committee is to provide independent scrutiny of the quality of evidence and the robustness of estimates in the impact assessment, and they can already provide comment and scrutiny on the analysis of wider impacts.