Envoy sets e-impact guidelines

Government departments are to be asked to assess the impact of new policies and legislation on the development of e-commerce.

Government departments are to be asked to assess the impact of new policies and legislation on the development of e-commerce.

The Office of the E-Envoy has begun drafting guidelines that will urge civil servants to conduct e-commerce impact assessments.

The move is designed to ensure that government policies do not inadvertently make it harder for firms to do business over the Web.

The guidelines, which are expected before the end of the year, will be sent to policy makers across the public sector.

They represent an extension to the Government's policy of assessing the impact of new legislation before it is introduced.

The E-Envoy's office is saying little about the guidelines in advance of their publication, but employers' bodies say that if properly enforced they could ease the burdens on e-commerce.

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