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Regulatory Reform Act 2001

Assessment of Impact of Orders

33.The Cabinet Office produced a regulatory impact assessment for the Bill, which was placed in the Library of each House. Copies are also available from the Cabinet Office on 020 7276 2198 or by e-mailing or for download at The amendments during the passage of the Bill have not changed the regulatory impact assessment. In sum, the regulatory impact of the Act itself is negligible because it contains only enabling powers. The regulatory impact on business, charities, the voluntary sector, individuals or the public sector will flow from orders and any codes brought forward under the Act.

34.Each proposed regulatory reform order and any enforcement code brought forward will be accompanied by its own regulatory impact assessment. As orders are primarily aimed at lifting regulatory burdens, the net effect in each case is expected to be positive. Similarly, the provisions on the making of enforcement codes are intended to be for the benefit of business and so the result would be expected to be beneficial to business.

35.While the Act has no public expenditure implications itself, an order under it could give rise to the expenditure of public monies.

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