HC Deb 25 January 2000 vol 343 c197W
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what orders his Department has made under the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 in each year since 1994; and what plans it has to introduce such orders. [106085]

Dr. Howells

[holding answer 20 January 2000]: The Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 contains two order-making powers: for deregulation orders (Sections 1–4 of the Act) and contracting out orders (Sections 69–70). The Department has made use of the powers as follows:

Deregulation Orders The Deregulation (Fair Trading Act 1973) (Amendment) (Merger Reference Time Limits) Order 1996 SI 1996/345 The Deregulation (Restrictive Trade Practices Act) (Amendment) (Variation of Exempt Agreements) Order 1996 SI 1996/346 The Deregulation (Restrictive Trade Practices Act) (Amendment) (Time Limits) Order 1996 SI 1996/347 The Deregulation (Long Pull) Order 1996 SI 1996/1339 The Deregulation (Resolutions of Private Companies) Order 1996 SI 1996/1471 The Deregulation (Gun Barrel Proving) Order 1996 SI 1996/1576 The Deregulation (Insurance Companies Act 1982) Order 1996 SI 1996/2102 The Deregulation (Rag Flock and other Fillings Material Act 1951) (Repeal) Order 1996 SI 1996/3097 The Deregulation (Non-Fossil Fuel) Order 1997 SI 1997/1185 The Deregulation (Deduction from Pay of Union Subscriptions) Order 1998 SI 1998/1529 The Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1999 SI 1999/503 The Deregulation (Pipelines) Order 1999 SI 1999/742.

In addition the Department has consulted on proposals to use the deregulation order-making power to provide a mechanism for redenominating share capital.

Contracting Out Orders The Contracting Out (Functions in relation to the Registration of Companies) Order 1995 SI 1995/1013 The Contracting Out (Functions of the Official Receiver) Order 1995 SI 1995/1386 The Contracting Out (Functions relating to Wireless Telegraphy) Order 1995 SI 1996/2290.

In addition the draft Contracting Out (Functions in relation to Petroleum Royalty Payments) Order 2000 is currently being considered by Parliament.