HC Deb 03 July 2002 vol 388 cc339-40W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many statutory instruments have been(a) introduced, (b) removed and (c) amended by his Department since 1 January; and what the (i) cost and (ii) saving has been in each case. [64629]

Dawn Primarolo

HM Treasury, HM Customs and Excise and the Inland Revenue have introduced 44 statutory instruments; removed none and introduced 22 amendment instruments since 1 January 2002. Many of the instruments concerned were of a routine nature, for example approving annual fee increases.

The HMSO SI Registrar Siregistrar@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk can provide a list of statutory instruments which have been issued by individual Government Departments. SIs which have been originated by Departments but eventually made by the Privy Council are only listed under the Privy Council Office.

The costs associated with regulatory proposals are considered at the policy development stage. A Regulatory Impact Assessment is completed for regulatory proposals unless there are no or negligible costs. HM Treasury, HM Customs and HM Inland Revenue have produced 13 final RIAs in this period: Implementation of the E-Commerce Directive; Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 Administration Orders Relating to Insurers Order 2002 ("the Order"); Implementation of the electronic money directive; National Insurance Contributions Bill; Fuel Scale Charge; Reform of Intangible Assets; Construction Industry Scheme; R&D Tax Credits for large companies/ vaccines research relief; Exemptions for gains and losses on substantial shareholdings; Reform of theCorporate Debt, Financial Instruments and Foreign Exchange gains and losses regimes; community amateur sports club; VAT: Introduction of a Flat Rate Scheme and Changes to the Annual Accounting Scheme and Oils Fraud Strategy. These are available in the House Libraries and are availableon departmental websites.