Research and analysis

Impact assessment opinion: marine conservation zones

Red-rated evaluation of Defra impact assessment of designation of marine conservation zones in English and Welsh inshore and offshore waters.

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Impact assessment opinion: marine conservation zones

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This impact assessment (IA) received a red rating, meaning ‘not fit for purpose’.

The Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) gives independent advice to government on the quality of analysis supporting new regulations.

Following scrutiny of an IA carried out prior to a regulatory proposal, the RPC provides an ‘opinion’ on the quality of analysis and evidence presented in the IA. This opinion then informs the decisions of ministers as to whether they proceed or not with the proposal.

In a small number of instances departments have chosen to proceed with an IA which has received a red rating from the RPC.

Published 3 December 2012