Tobacco and Vapes Bill: Statement from the RPC

Regulatory Policy Committee

March 20
00:00 2024

The Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) produces opinions of impact assessments (IAs) to help departments ensure that the evidence and analysis in them is sufficiently robust. We provide an independent opinion to assist ministerial decision making and parliamentary scrutiny of regulatory proposals. We publish these to assist parliamentarians and to ensure that they are available to external stakeholders. Government departments are expected to submit IAs to the RPC in time for the RPC to issue an opinion before the relevant legislation is laid before Parliament.

We note that the Tobacco and Vapes Bill was introduced to Parliament on 20th March 2024. The RPC had, prior to this date, issued its opinion upon the Bills IA to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) on 12th February 2024 and had been preparing to publish it upon introduction of the Bill. However, the DHSC, on 19th March, resubmitted a revised IA seeking a revised fresh RPC opinion. The RPC welcomes the resubmission of the revised IA and is currently reviewing this, aiming to produce its revised opinion as soon as possible. Our opinion will be made available to the Government and Parliament and published on our website as soon as it is complete, when we w

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