This briefing paper presents the Committee with an overview of regulatory reform, the background to the system and the recent work that the National Audit Office had conducted in the area.
The role of the National Audit Office is to apply the unique perspective of public audit to help Parliament and government drive lasting improvement in public services. We have scrutinised and reported on government efforts to reform regulation over the last ten years.
This paper is not intended to provide an overall assessment of regulatory reform but simply to illustrate, with examples, the range of our work. It sets out:
- Current plans and developments in regulatory reform, in addition to a brief background.
- The National Audit Office’s recent and ongoing work in the area.
We have supported the Regulatory Reform Committee several times in recent years. We have most recently provided assistance with the Committee’s inquiry into Themes and Trends in Regulatory Reform, for which we also provided a formal briefing paper. Since the inquiry, we have provided a further paper on government efforts to reduce bureaucracy on public sector frontline workers. The National Audit Office will continue to support select committees in 2010-11, supporting specific inquiries where our expertise and perspective can add value.