Supplementary memorandum submitted by
the Office of Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet Office
Question 16: Provide examples of cases where departments
have consulted potential affected parties at the outset.
The Motor Salvage provisions contained
in the Vehicles (Crime) Act (paragraph 2.5 and figure 7 of the
NAO Report refers).
Article 13 of the Employment and
Race Directives(paragraph A30 of the RIA mentions informal
consultation with a wide range of organisations prior to the drafting
of the consultation document).
Regulation of Private Recruitment
Industry(paragraph 18 of the RIA mentions informal consultation).
Question 18: Compliance with RIA process/SDA target.
Provide an update for the Committee when proposals have been developed.
Our SDA target is to produce a basement measure
of the extent of departmental compliance with the Regulatory Impact
Assessment process by the end of 2001-02 financial year. Work
on this is underway and we will get back to the PAC with more
details once the proposals are firmed up.
Questions 23 and 24: Have all RIAs prepared since
1999 which relate to European legislation been prepared in time
to influence or inform negotiations?
The information is not held centrally. However,
departments should produce an RIA when negotiating any EU proposal
which is likely to impose additional costs or savings, or has
an impact on jobs, business, charities or the voluntary sector.
The RIU guidance "A Guide to Better European
Regulation" advises policy makers that an initial assessment
of options, risks, costs benefits, who will be affected and why
non-regulatory action is deemed to be insufficient should be carried
out for all proposals under discussion within the European Commission.
The guidance advises policy makers that they will need to complete
a more detailed assessment, in the form of a partial RIA when
seeking agreement to a UK negotiating line.
Question 69: Give a full response to the comments
in Charles Miller's letter to the Committee from the European
See Annex A.
Question 155: Have you costed your own operations?
What has been the highest cost and for what, in carrying out one
of your RIAs?
We do not have any specified data about the
cost of completing an RIA.
The actual ground work involved in the RIA process
should be done anyway as part of the "better policy making"
process so it is not possible to identify the cost of an RIA.
However, in terms of the actual recording and presentation of
information in the RIA format gathered as part of the policy making
process, an estimate could be made as follows:
For very straightforward proposals the RIA could
for instance be produced at middle management levels in the Civil
Service. Costs would depend on individual departmental salary
scales but full on-costs (including salary, ERNIC and superannuation)
in the Cabinet Office, for example, might be in the order of £1,000.
A more complicated RIAlike that for the
WEEE Directivemay involve considerably more time and may
involve the use of consultants, for example to do underlying data
collection and carry out an analysis of responses to consultation.
It is not possible to estimate these costs as they will vary from
case to case, but obviously they would be significantly higher
than those for a straightforward case. The effort involved should
be proportionate to the scale of the measure being considered.