Policy paper

Reviewing regulation: Detailing DWP (including HSE) commitments

DWP (including HSE) provides information on its plans to review legislation which affect businesses.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Details of statutory and non-statutory reviews of legislation affecting businesses, to be done by DWP (including HSE)

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In line with Better Regulation principles, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – including the Health and Safety Executive – provides information on its plans to review legislation which affect businesses.

The report covers 2 types of reviews:

  • statutory reviews – those that a department commits to doing, in primary or secondary legislation, including reviews linked to sunset clauses* – at August 2013, DWP was estimated to have 10 such reviews

  • non-statutory reviews – are not committed to in law, but a department has indicated it will do, in an Impact Assessment

*A sunset clause is a provision in a Bill that gives it an ‘expiry date’ once it is passed into law. ‘Sunset clauses’ are included in legislation when Parliament should have the chance to decide on its merits again after a fixed period.

Published 3 June 2014