Supplementary memorandum submitted by the Department
for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform|
1. BRE BUDGET
||Responsible for delivering:|
|Regulatory Reform Directorate||£2,400,416
|||| Administration burdens reduction programme, including coordination of Simplification Plans.|
Public sector strategy, including data stream reduction and the public sector compliance code.
Dedicated account teams working with departments on the design of new regulation, including embedding and scrutinising impact assessments.
Improving small business regulation.
Review of consultation policy.
EU Regulatory Reform, including the EU 25% admin burdens target, work to improve the EU Impact Assessment and working with Departments and EU institutions to improve regulation and its implementation.
Panel for regulatory accountability
|Regulatory Innovation Directorate (includes the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill Team and responsibility for the Local Better Regulation Office)
|| Projects to improve existing regulation, including:|
Consumer Law Review
Health and Safety review
Secretariat to the Killian/Pretty independent review of planning (with CLG).
Projects to improve the design and implementation of regulations, including:
Work with the OCC on Climate Change
Secretariat to Sarah Anderson's independent review of guidance
Improved communications around Common Commencement Dates
Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill and its implementation.
Reviews of how regulators are implementing the Hampton vision.
Regulator's compliance code.
Economic regulators policy.
The Local Better Regulation Office
|Strategic Communications ||£668,176
|||| New communications strategydesigned to improve two-way communication with the outside world on Better Regulation
|Strategic Support Team||£694,873
|||| Chair and Chief Executive and their private office.|
HR, recruitment, financial and performance management. (Includes the BRE's Central training programme)
Coordination of the Senior Management Team.
Overview of business planning and overall strategy.
1 The admin budget is subject to some upward revision
in order to implement Regulatory Budgets
2. IS THERE
There is no existing UK equivalent to the Dutch Stevens or
The Stevens committee was set up for 2twoyears to look at
better regulation in Hollanddelivered recommendations in
The Wientjes Committee succeeded the Stevens Committee.
The BRE do not believe that a UK version of the Stevens committee
or Wientjes Committees are required.
The BRE currently engages directly with stakeholders representing
the business community. BCC, CBI, FSB, IODwith whom frequent
meetings and discussions are held at all levels.
UK regulatory reform agenda addressing all the issues raised
by the Stevens Committee eg
Hampton recommendation for more risk-based enforcement;
Hampton recommendation of the 5 principles of
good regulation now implemented through the compliance code:
Targetedat cases where action is needed.
Reduce bureaucracyadmin burden reductions
programme to reduce bureaucracy for business by 25%.
Improve the uniformity of application of rulesthe
BRE has introduced common commencement datesnew regulations
only come out on the same two set dates per yearBRE's compliance
code also aims to standardise enforcement approach.
3. LEGISLATION COMMENCEMENT
Departments are signed up to common commencement dates, produce
a statement of the regulations they plan to bring in on each of
the common commencement date and publish them on their departmental
Please find below the long document shown to the Committee
by William Sargent on 24 June 2008 which is the combination of
each department's statements for 2007. Some of those documents
are attached below.(Not published, Available from the BRE).
The second document shown to the Committee is the Common
Commencement Date summary which we now produce. This is a plain
English summary of the main regulatory changes taking effect on
a common commencement date. It was designed with input from businesses
to provide a quick summary which businesses can use to determine
whether changes are likely to affect them and is backed up by
additional detail for business which require it..(Not published,
Available from the BRE).
An online version of the April summary and the online version
can be found at www.businesslink.gov.uk/ccd.
The April version of this document is actually longer than
the October 2007 version as our follow up research showed businesses
requesting some additional headings to speed navigation through
the document and save scanning all of it.
The table below indicates the total number of regulations
brought in and those which have used Common Commencement Dates:
The number of regulations introduced on the last two Common
Commencement dates are:
4. HOW MANY
The Davidson Review, November 2006, p 4 Executive Summary
states: "Given the very large amount of EU-sourced legislation
in the UK it is not possible ... to draw definitive conclusions
on the extent to which the UK may inappropriately over-implement
European legislation ... Inappropriate over-implementation may
not be as big a problem in the UKin absolute terms and
relative to other EU countriesas is alleged by some commentators".
5. PLANNED ADMINISTRATIVE
During the evidence session on 24 June 2008one of
the Committee questioned whether the BRE was on course to deliver
the planned 18.7% Administrative Burden reduction for 2008.
To clarify : the publication "Delivery Simplification
PlansA summary" December 2007, page 9the Administrative
Burden Reduction delivery trajectory indicates that the programme
should achieve 11% administrative burden reduction by the end
of the calendar year 2008 and 18.7% admin burden reduction by
the end of the calendar year 2009.