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regulation and transparency January 18, 2008

Posted by Bradley in : Uncategorized , trackback

Legal rules are not as accessible as they should be. And consultations are not as accessible as they should be either. The UK Government’s recent response to feedback on its consultation on improving consultation states:

The Better Regulation Executive will look into the feasibility of one website indexing all central Government consultation exercises and providing an automated alert system.

I’m not really sure why there is much doubt about the feasibility of such a website (the Scottish Government does seem to list current consultations in one place). It would certainly be helpful. Today I somehow stumbled across the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s (BERR) request for views on what constitutes good regulatory guidance. The document wasn’t listed on the BERR consultation page (although it carries the BERR name it is really a Better Regulation Executive document and although they are supposed to be merged maybe they are not properly llinked up yet), or on the press releases page (it’s probably not considered to be a document of major significance, unlike, for example, the 6 month prison sentence for a fraudster).

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