Regulatory Reform Bill

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st March 2001.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Labour, Wentworth 12:00 am, 21st March 2001

If she will make a statement on the impact of the provisions of the Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] on the regulation of business. [153301]

Photo of Graham Stringer Graham Stringer Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)

The Bill will enable Government to reform whole regulatory regimes originating in different pieces of legislation using a well tried and tested parliamentary procedure. That will simplify legislation and make it less burdensome for business while maintaining the necessary protections for both the consumer and the environment.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Labour, Wentworth

I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. There is strong support for the Bill among businesses in south Yorkshire, including members of the Federation of Small Businesses whom I met on Friday night. Many will welcome the 51 reform proposals that are now in the pipeline under the Bill. However, will he explain how firms that want other outdated and overlapping regulations removed in the future can register their concerns, so that he can consider using the powers that he will have at his disposal under the Bill?

Photo of Graham Stringer Graham Stringer Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)

My hon. Friend's experience in south Yorkshire reflects my discussions with businesses throughout the country. In addition to the 51 items that we listed, businesses are invited to use the Cabinet Office website to suggest proposals for regulatory reform. They can write directly to us at any time or inform us of their concerns in the many consultations that we hold with them, in which I will be delighted to tell them that although we want the reforms, the Opposition do not.