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Is legislation the most appropriate way to achieve the policy objective?

All alternative means to legislation should be considered


In many cases, a number of alternatives to creating new legislation will exist. The policy objective might be achieved more effectively through the use of education programmes, reliance on the common law or existing legislation, or reliance on existing private law civil remedies (see Chapter 19). Where legislation is preferred over another suitable, non-legislative alternative, this decision should be capable of justification. It is a Cabinet Manual requirement that unnecessary legislation is avoided (paragraph 7.20).

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