HC Deb 04 July 2002 vol 388 cc609-10W
Dr. Cable

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many members of her Department have been employed in its Regulatory Impact Unit in the past five years; and if she will make a statement. [65972]

Ms Rosie Winterton

Between 1997 and March 2002, one person was employed to co-ordinate work on regulatory impact across LCD, alongside other duties. In April, this increased to two.

It is the job of departmental Regulatory Impact Units to establish and promote the principles of good regulation in their Departments. The staff in each unit work closely with the officials responsible for developing policies within their Department and the Regulatory Impact Unit within the Cabinet Office. They focus on those regulations that impact on business, charities and the voluntary sector.