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Regulatory impact assessment guidance

An explanatory note to a Bill will normally require reference to a regulatory impact assessment. Explanatory notes in Legislative Instruments and Supplementary Order Papers may also require reference to a regulatory impact assessment. The assessment is prepared by the department. Requirements are given in

and any other guidance issued from time to time by the Treasury or the PCO—most recently, Cabinet Office Circular CO (17) 3 Impact Analysis Requirements.

In Bills, the reference to the regulatory impact assessment appears in the explanatory note between the departmental disclosure statement and the clause by clause analysis. In Legislative Instruments and Supplementary Order Papers, it appears at the end of the explanatory note.

Departments to supply 40 printed copies to the Bills Office

Hard copies of regulatory impact assessments should accompany all Government Bills delivered to the Bills Office.

The department prints 40 hard copies of the relevant assessment(s) and delivers them to the Bills Office within half a working day after the date on which the PCO orders the printing of introduction copies of the Bill. The Bills Office will then associate the hard copies with the introduction copies of the Bill.

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