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Regulatory Reform Act 2001


3.The main provision of the Regulatory Reform Act removes some of the barriers to wider application of the deregulation order-making power under sections 1-4 of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 (the 1994 Act). The new order-making power in the Act is wide enough, but no wider than necessary, to deal with regulatory reform measures which the Government wishes to achieve. In parallel with the widening of the power, the Act adds to the tests and safeguards governing its use.

4.The Act also makes provision to replace section 5 of the 1994 Act, which is concerned with enforcement of regulations, replacing a little-used procedure with a reserve power for Ministers to set out a code of good practice in enforcement.

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