HC Deb 04 March 2002 vol 381 cc10-1W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the statutory instruments issued by his Department in the last 12 months, indicating(a) the purpose of each and (b) the cost of each to (i) public funds, (ii) businesses and (iii) individuals. [36227]

Dawn Primarolo

The Treasury, HM Customs and Excise and the Inland Revenue made 168 instruments in the 12-month period up to January 2002. Many of the instruments introduced 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. Instruments 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 19 final RIAs in this period. These are available from the House Libraries and are available on departmental websites.