HC Deb 15 March 2002 vol 381 cc1279-80W
Matthew Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many members her Department employs in its Regulatory Impact Unit; and if she will make a statement. [42936]

Mr. Ivan Lewis

The Department employs one full-time member of staff in its Regulatory Impact Unit, with line management support when necessary.

It is the job of the Departmental Regulatory Impact Unit to establish and promote the principles of good regulation in the Department. The Unit works closely with the officials responsible for developing policies in the Department and the Regulatory Impact Unit within the Cabinet Office. It focuses on those regulations that impact on business, charities and the voluntary sector.

In addition there are 11 members of staff who working in the Small Business Service on better regulation for small business across Government.