§ Mr. Steen
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regulations his Department proposes to repeal by the end of 1996; if he proposes to conduct a compliance cost assessment on each regulation repealed; and what is the estimated cost of undertaking a compliance cost assessment to determine the advantages and disadvantages of such a repeal. 160W
§ Mr. Horam
The Department currently proposes to repeal or amend the following regulations by the end of 1996:
- The Imported Food Regulations 1984;
- The Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995;
- The Nursing Homes and Mental Nursing Homes Regulations 1984.
Since the effect in each case will be to reduce, rather than increase, compliance costs, a compliance cost assessment is not required. Departments do, however, seek to estimate approximate savings wherever possible and, where there is a potential impact on industry, a CCA is completed in all cases. The cost of undertaking a CCA varies from case to case but it is generally modest. Because part of the cost falls on the businesses consulted, a full CCA would be inappropriate for measures designed to reduce business burdens.