Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Nineteenth Report


Appendix 5

S.I. 2003/753: memorandum from the Department of Health

National Care Standards Commission (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/753)

105.  This memorandum has been prepared by the Department of Health to explain the failure to observe the "21 day rule" in respect of the National Care Standards Commission (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) Regulations 2003.

106.  These Regulations consolidate with amendments the National Care Standards Commission (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) Regulations 2001. In particular, they provide for an increase in the fees to be paid by certain establishments and agencies registrable under the Care Standards Act 2000.

107.  The consolidation exercise raised some difficult issues which needed to be resolved, and which took time to do so. Furthermore this took place at a time of considerable pressure on administrative and legal resources and the task of preparation had to compete with other urgent matters. As a result, unfortunately, it was not possible to complete the drafting of the Regulations at an earlier date.

108.  The Department greatly regrets the need in this case to breach the 21 day rule.

13th March 2003


 
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