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Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006

Section 21: Principles

114.This section sets out principles to which a person must have regard when exercising certain regulatory functions (as defined in section 32). The principles listed are the Better Regulation Commission's Principles of Good Regulation, and provide that regulatory activities should be carried out in a way which is transparent, accountable, proportionate, consistent, and should be targeted only at cases in which action is needed.

115.The duty to have regard to these principles is subject to any other legal requirement, such as a statutory duty or a requirement of EC law, which will take priority over the duty to have regard to the principles: subsection (3).

116.The regulatory functions to which the duty in the section applies are those specified in an order made under the powers in section 24. Those powers are flexible enough to permit an order to specify some regulatory functions of a particular body but not others, if it is considered appropriate for the duty to have regard to the principles to apply in relation to some but not all of its regulatory functions.

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