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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 5:00 pm on 15th May 2006.

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Photo of Mark Fisher Mark Fisher Labour, Stoke-on-Trent Central 5:00 pm, 15th May 2006

The Government have got into a terrible mess with the Bill, so it is good to know that the new Minister in charge of it is doing his best to dig them out of it. When the Minister's predecessor presented the Bill, he did so as if it had a different title and was called simply the "Regulatory Reform Bill". I do not think that he mentioned the word "legislation" in his Second Reading speech. As hon. Members on both sides of the House have been frustrated by and tangled in the mess of regulation that has accumulated due to legislation over the years, the Bill was waved through on Second Reading—the House did not even divide. The Bill was totally misrepresented and thought of as uncontentious.