The Government has introduced twice the amount of regulation it has removed since coming to power, despite the introduction of a one-in-one-out approach to new regulation.
Figures obtained by Conservative MP for Wokingham John Redwood show the Government has introduced 207 pieces of regulation in the last six months and has removed just 106.
Redwood says most new regulations have come from the Department for Business and the Department of Work and Pensions.
He says: “Both Communities and Local Government and Environment have been impressive and active in rolling back needless and less desirable regulation and account for more than 80 per cent of the repeals. The Department for Business and the DWP account for a quarter of all the new regulation. The Business department figure is worrying as it should be keen on deregulation.”
The figures cover the previous 6 months, but the one-in-one-out system only began in September.
Redwood’s figures show in the last six months the Treasury has introduced nine pieces of legislation and removed two, the Department for Business has introduced 20 and removed none and the DWP has introduced 31 and removed 11.
Treasury economic secretary Justine Greening recently responded to a parliamentary question from Redwood over additional regulation, saying the department is currently working through legislation left by the previous government.
She said: “My department is reviewing the pipeline of legislation inherited from the previous administration and much of its work is well advanced. We will work to identify regulations that could be removed to comply with “one-in-one-out”. The Government’s regulatory forward programme is due to be published later this year and will provide details of all forthcoming regulation.”
Under the one-in-one-out system, a minister proposing a new piece of regulation with a cost to business or the third sector will have to identify current regulations with an equivalent value that can be removed.