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New Clause 19 — Power to remove or reduce burdens

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 4:00 pm on 15th May 2006.

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Photo of Andrew Miller Andrew Miller Chair, Regulatory Reform Committee, Chair, Regulatory Reform Committee 4:00 pm, 15th May 2006

Although my constituents will no doubt be interested in my hon. Friend's example about game, may I take him a little closer to the real world in my constituency and ask him to confirm that administrative inconvenience cannot in any way be interpreted as something that would cover necessary protections? For example, record keeping under the Health and Safety at Work Act, etc. 1974 is unambiguously a necessary protection. Will he confirm that nobody could use the clause to interpret it as a burden?