§ Mr. Steen
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what requirements there are for officials in his Department to introduce a compliance cost assessment for all rules and regulations coming before him and his Ministers; and how many compliance cost assessments have been issued in his Department in the first three months of this year. 
§ Mr. Oppenheim
[holding answer 18 April 1995]: For a statement of Government policy on the preparation and publication of compliance cost assessments, I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Corporate Affairs on 19 April 1995, Official Report, columns 189–90.
Proposals from the Health and Safety Executive are accompanied by cost-benefit analyses rather than CCAs. CBAs compare the costs of compliance, both to the employer and to the economy, with the expected benefits of the measures proposed and include all the information required in a CCA. All CCAs and CBAs accompanying draft legislation are published. In the first three months of 1995, the Department has contributed to a CCA published by the Department of Social Security and two CBAs have been released into the public domain.
§ Mr. Oppenheim
[holding answer 18 April 1995]: Only two of the statutory instruments made by the Employment Department in the first three months of 1995 introduced new regulations. These revoked seven previous sets of regulations as well as specified provisions contained in one statute and nine other sets of regulations.