24.The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has laid these Regulations, with an Explanatory Memorandum (EM) and Impact Assessment (IA). BEIS says that Primary Authority is a statutory scheme in which a local authority (“a primary authority”) can partner with business, to take on responsibility for providing regulatory advice and guidance to it. This advice and guidance then guide the way in which that business is regulated by all other local authorities. These Regulations set out which national regulators can support primary authorities when they are developing advice etc. for business, as well as providing additional clarification about other aspects of the operation of the Primary Authority scheme.
25.BEIS consulted on a draft of the Regulations over an eight-week period from February to April 2017; published a response to consultation in July 2017 and, in parallel, published draft guidance on the Regulations which BEIS will issue in final form by 1 October, when the Regulations come into force; and laid the Regulations before Parliament on 15 August, with an IA. We commend BEIS on this timetable; in particular, we welcome the fact that the Department has made the guidance available alongside the Regulations.
8 The regulators specified are the Health and Safety Executive, the Food Standards Agency, the Gambling Commission the Competition and Markets Authority and the Secretary of State in relation to weights and measures regulation and product safety regulation.