HC Deb 06 November 1995 vol 265 cc585-6W
Mr. Steen

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list the rules and regulations he proposes to repeal or amend by means of a reference to the Deregulation Committee before the end of 1995; and if he will make a statement; [41531]

(2) what regulations his Department proposes to repeal by the end of 1995; if he proposes to conduct a compliance cost assessment on each regulation repealed; and what is the estimated cost of undertaking a compliance cost assessment to assess the advantages or disadvantages of such a repeal; [41554]

(3) what is the estimated saving to the Exchequer by the repeal of each rule and regulation which has so far been the subject of a reference to the Deregulation Committee from his Department; and in how many cases a compliance cost assessment has been carried out. [41532]

Mr. Arbuthnot

My Department is not a regulator of business so it does not refer proposals to the Deregulation Committee. As a non-regulatory Department we are playing a full part in the deregulation initiative by focusing our efforts on relieving unnecessary administrative burdens on our suppliers, streamlining contracts procedures and improving communications.