HC Deb 13 June 1995 vol 261 cc452-3W
Mr. Tim Smith

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list those compliance cost assessments published during the latest six-month period available. [28845]

Mr. Jonathan Evans

Since April 1993 the Government have required Departments to prepare and publish compliance cost assessments with all proposed legislation presented to Parliament to assess their impact on business costs. This includes a special test of the impact on small businesses. CCAs are central to the Government's deregulation initiative and are a vital part of the decision-making process. They are used to help parliamentary consideration of regulatory proposals and to give business the opportunity to respond to such proposals.

A command paper listing 104 CCAs published between 1 July 1994 to 31 December 1994 has been presented to Parliament today by the President of the Board of Trade. Copies of the CCAs listed are available in the Libraries of the House. This is the second such Command Paper; the first listing CCA published between November 1993 and June 1994 was published on 15 December 1994 Cm 2719. Further command papers listing CCAs published in the preceding six-month period will be published at six-monthly intervals.