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Regulatory Reform Act 2001

Transition to the 2001 Act

10.When the 2001 Act was passed, there were four proposals for deregulation orders before Parliament for scrutiny, as set out at the end of Annex B. The Act provides in section 12 that Parliament can complete its scrutiny of any proposals for deregulation orders that have been laid before it.

11.As provided for under section 5(4), the Government also published six consultation documents on prospective use of the regulatory reform order-making power before the Act received Royal Assent. They are as follows:

  • Business Tenancies Legislation In England And Wales: The Government’s Proposals For Reform(1);

  • Gaming machines: methods of payment - a consultation paper(2);

  • Letting of Business Premises, Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Section 57 - Consultation Paper(3);

  • Consultation on Licensing Hours for New Year’s Eve 2001 and during Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee in June 2002(4);

  • Reform of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, Local Government and Housing Act 1989 and Housing Act 1985 - a consultation paper(5); and

  • Removing the 20 partner limit: a consultation document(6).

12.After Royal Assent and as at publication of these notes a further three consultation documents have been published:

  • Voluntary Aided (VA) Schools in England: Proposals for Governing Body and Local Education Authority Financial Liabilities and Funding for Premises.(7)

  • Changes to Invalid Care Allowance: Amending Section 70 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992(8)

  • Amending the Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979(9)

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