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The Better Regulation Commission

The Better Regulation Commission is an independent advisory body whose terms of reference are:

'To advise the Government on action to:

The work of the Commission will include:

The scope of the work carried out by the Commission will cover the private sector, public sector, voluntary sector and EU regulatory issues.

Commission members are appointed by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice.

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Purpose of this Publication Scheme

The aim of this Publication Scheme is to explain what information the Better Regulation Commission makes available to the public, and wherever possible provide an easy method of accessing this information. Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, every public authority has a duty to specify what information they publish (in terms of "information classes"), how this information is made available, and whether it is available free of charge or on payment.

The scheme brings together the many different types of information produced by the Better Regulation Commission in a clear and structured way. It classifies the information by type and provides details on how to obtain it. The aim is to save you time and effort.

As well as describing the classes of information the Commission publishes, it sets out which information is available under this banner. Having found reference to a document, you may then be able to access it through the website. Where direct access is not possible you will be told how the information can be obtained.

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Who is responsible for maintaining the publication scheme?

The Secretary to the Better Regulation Commission Manmit Bhambra, is responsible for administering the scheme. Enquiries and requests for information should be directed to Sally McCann, who maintains the scheme on a day-to-day basis.

If you are not satisfied with the content of this publication scheme, or are unhappy with the way it is being administered please contact Peter Horne, Head of the Commission Secretariat.

Contacts:

Better Regulation Commission
6th Floor
22 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2WH

Telephone: 020 7276 2142
commission@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk

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Classes of Information Published or Made Available

The Better Regulation Commission publishes or makes available information under the classes listed below:

Guidance to members

Management Information

Background to Policy

Current projects and stakeholder consultations

Published documents

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Code of Practice For Board Members of The Better Regulation Commission

Public service values

The Minister for the Cabinet Office is answerable to Parliament for the policies and performance of this body, including the policy framework within which it operates.

Standards in Public Life

All board members must:

Role of board members

Members of the board have collective responsibility for the operation of this body. They must:

Communications between the board and the Minister will generally be through the Chair except where the board has agreed that an individual member should act on its behalf. Nevertheless, any board member has the right of access to Ministers on any matter which he or she believes raises important issues relating to his or her duties as a board member. In such cases the agreement of the rest of the board should normally be sought.

Individual board members can normally be removed from office by the Minister if they fail to perform the duties required of them in line with the standards expected in public office.

The role of the Chair

The Chair has particular responsibility for providing effective leadership on the issues above. In addition, the Chair is responsible for:

Handling conflicts of interests

The purpose of these provisions is to avoid any danger of board members being influenced, or appearing to be influenced, by their private interests in the exercise of their public duties. All board members should therefore declare any personal or business interest which may, or may be perceived (by a reasonable member of the public) to, influence their judgement. This should include, as a minimum, personal direct and indirect pecuniary interests, and should normally also include, such interests of close family members and of people living in the same household. Members must keep their declarations up-to-date. The register is open to the public at www.brc.gov.uk A declaration of any interest should also be made at any board meeting if it relates specifically to a particular issue under consideration, for recording in the minutes (whether or not a board member also withdraws from the meeting).

Board members should not participate in the discussion or determination of matters in which they have an interest, and should normally withdraw from the meeting if:

Personal liability of board members

Legal proceedings by a third party against individual board members of advisory bodies are very exceptional. A board member may be personally liable if he or she makes a fraudulent or negligent statement which results in a loss to a third party; or may commit a breach of confidence under common law or a criminal offence under insider dealing legislation, if he or she misuses information gained through their position. However, the Government has indicated that individual board members who have acted honestly, reasonably, in good faith and without negligence will not have to meet out of their own personal resources any personal civil liability which is incurred in execution or purported execution of their board functions. Board members who need further advice should consult the Secretariat, who will seek advice from Cabinet Office.

Elections and Referendums

Annex: The Seven Principles Of Public Life

Selflessness

Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.

Integrity

Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the performance of their official duties.

Objectivity

In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.

Accountability

Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

Openness

Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

Honesty

Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interests.

Leadership

Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

Find out more about the Commission and the publication scheme in Frequently Asked Questions.

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