Second Memorandum by the Department of
The National Health Service (Optical Charges
and Payments) and (General
Ophthalmic Services) Amendment Regulations 2001 (S.I. 2001/414)
1. The Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments has,
in connection with the above Regulations, requested a further
memorandum on the following point:
In its memorandum of 19 March
the Department, states in response to the Committee's second question,
that the Department intends to consolidate the 1986 Regulations
as soon as resources allow. Elaborate on this response, indicating
what plans the Department has for this work and, if work has not
yet begun, when it is expected that it might begin.
2. Work on the consolidation of the Regulations has
not yet begun.
3. Between now and the autumn of this year, in accordance
with Ministers' wishes, the Department is giving priority to implementation
of the Health and Social Care Bill, which will involve a heavy
programme of drafting of subordinate legislation. The expectation
is that this work will be substantially completed by the end of
the year, when it is hoped that the resources should become available
to consolidate the 1986 Regulations.
30 March 2001