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Business: Regulation

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 120886, tabled on 21 December 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which regulations affecting business his Department has withdrawn or amended in each year since 2010 to date; which regulations affecting business his Department plans to withdraw or amend in (i) 2018 and (ii) years beyond 2018; and what estimate he has made of the net cost to business to withdrawal or amendment of each withdrawn or amended regulation.

Answered on

8 January 2018

The changes to regulations affecting business during the 2010-15 Parliament are recorded in Statements of New Regulation that were published every six months. These are available on https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/one-in-two-out-statement-of-new-regulation. For the 2015-17 Parliament, the Government will shortly publish its final report on the savings to business delivered during that Parliament. This will be published on www.gov.uk.

As we leave the EU, the Government is committed to maximising certainty for individuals and businesses, making the UK the best place in the world to do business. This will mean fostering a high quality, stable and predictable regulatory environment, whilst also actively taking opportunities to support innovative business models. It is not possible to give a definitive figure on which regulations will be withdrawn or amended in (i) 2018 and (ii) years beyond 2018. This is because the volume of legislation will depend on policy decisions to be taken.