REGULATORY REFORM COMMITTEE INQUIRY: GETTING
RESULTS: THE BETTER REGULATION EXECUTIVE AND THE IMPACT OF THE
BETTER REGULATION AGENDA
Defra established the Ministerial Challenge
Panel on Regulation (MCPR) in July 2004 following the publication
of Defra's Regulation Task Force report (April 2004).
Chaired by Lord Rooker (Minister for Regulation)
the Panel comprises representatives from: Better Regulation Executive;
Environment Agency; Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory
Reform; National Farmers Union; Confederation of British Industry;
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds; RSPBA; and the Engineering
Employers' Federation as well as senior officials and a Defra
To engage with Defra officials to
improve the quality of Defra regulations.
To consider Impact Assessments (IAs)
for Defra policy proposals in the pipeline and determine whether
further analysis be undertaken.
To examine proposed Legislative Reform
The Panel can also request papers from policy
divisions on Defra regulation generally. It receives other information
about Defra regulatory performance, such as progress on transposition
of EU Legislation.
The Panel meets approximately every eight weeks.
Between two and four policies will be scrutinised and recommendations
made on them by the Panel. Policies are selected on the basis
of their potential to alter the regulatory burden on stakeholders,
either in a positive or negative direction.
The Panel met two times in 2004, six times in
2005, seven times in 2006, four times in 2007, and once to date
in 2008. In that time it has considered over 50 different policy
issues including the Environmental Liability Directive, Sheep
Electronic Identification and the Animal Welfare Bill.