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Amend Core regulations

Comment 1st July 2010

Currently all regulations are amended or revoked in Amendment regulations or within new regulation.  When the amended regulation is published the core regulation stands as originally published and is not reissued with the amendment.  This has the effect of departments of government having to issue a code of practise or other such intrument which is then used by business as an authority to comply with regulation.  

Why does this matter?

This method of publishing regulation presents several probems not least of which is that it is not always aparent that a regulation or law has been amended or revoked.  The intoduction of new regulation will amend or revoke the original.  If original regulation were reissued when amended  then business could legitimately place some of the burden on government if it fails to publish.  Also there would be no delay whilst it was esablished if a code of practise were needed.  There would be a reduction in the need for codes of practise as this merely bring together that which is in force and describes its application.  The resulting reduction in the colation of these codes will reduce whole areas of government departments which maintain and update these codes.  I take the view this should equally apply to acts of parliament which are often fractured by amendment overtime.

I have had exeperience of business citing regulations which had been revoked over time. What made it worse was that a goverment department was citing the revoked regulation.  So in short the concept is to maintain the core documents of regulation in a coherant format to reduce the need for codes of practise and save on the departments that issue these codes.

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