2006 CHAPTER 51
An Act to enable provision to be made for the purpose of removing or reducing burdens resulting from legislation and promoting regulatory principles; to make provision about the exercise of regulatory functions; to make provision about the interpretation of legislation relating to the European Communities and the European Economic Area; to make provision relating to section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972; and for connected purposes.
[8th November 2006]
Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
1 Power to remove or reduce burdens
(1)A Minister of the Crown may by order under this section make any provision which he considers would serve the purpose in subsection (2).
(2)That purpose is removing or reducing any burden, or the overall burdens, resulting directly or indirectly for any person from any legislation.
(3)In this section “burden” means any of the following—
(a)a financial cost;
(b)an administrative inconvenience;
(c)an obstacle to efficiency, productivity or profitability; or
(d)a sanction, criminal or otherwise, which affects the carrying on of any lawful activity.
(4)Provision may not be made under subsection (1) in relation to any burden which affects only a Minister of the Crown or government department, unless it affects the Minister or department in the exercise of a regulatory function.
(5)For the purposes of subsection (2), a financial cost or administrative inconvenience may result from the form of any legislation (for example, where the legislation is hard to understand).
(6)In this section “legislation” means any of the following or a provision of any of the following—
(a)a public general Act or local Act (whether passed before or after the commencement of this section), . . .
[(aa)a Measure or Act of the Assembly, or]
(b)any Order in Council, order, rules, regulations, scheme, warrant, byelaw or other subordinate instrument made at any time [under— ,
(a)an Act referred to in paragraph (a), or
(b)a Measure or Act of the Assembly,]
but does not include any instrument which is, or is made under, Northern Ireland legislation.
(7)Subject to this Part, the provision that may be made under subsection (1) includes—
(a)provision abolishing, conferring or transferring, or providing for the delegation of, functions of any description,
(b)provision creating or abolishing a body or office,
and provision made by amending or repealing any enactment.
(8)An order under this section may contain such consequential, supplementary, incidental or transitional provision (including provision made by amending or repealing any enactment or other provision) as the Minister making it considers appropriate.
(9)An order under this section may bind the Crown.
(10)An order under this section must be made in accordance with this Part.
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