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Principles of effective regulation


Government and Parliament use regulation – written rules about the way a policy should be delivered  -  to deliver public policy objectives across many areas, particularly where government does not provide or commission services directly.

Well written, effective regulation supports more efficient and effective policy delivery - including reduced costs to the public purse, improved quality and better environmental standards – and higher performing regulators.

Poorly designed regulations and low-performing regulators lead to detriment to people, businesses, the economy and the environment, and large extra costs to the taxpayer.

Over a regular series of work, the NAO has identified both the areas of good practice and the common challenges and pitfalls in government’s use of regulation to achieve public policy aims.

The Committee will question senior officials at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, as well as the chief executives of key UK regulators Ofcom, the Health & Safety Executive and the Environment Agency, on making regulation that is effective and efficient in delivering its policy ends, while also delivering value for taxpayers’ money.

If you have evidence on these questions, please submit it here by 6pm on Monday 7 June 2021.