Business Regulation

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to reduce the number of regulations imposed on business and industry.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Employment Relations & Postal Services)

The Department's programme for reducing regulation is set out in our Better Regulation Simplification plan, which was published on 11 December last year. This sets out ambitious plans for reducing the administrative burden DTI regulations impose on business towards our target of 25 per cent. by 2010. We will publish an updated report on the progress we have made, and the further plans we have, later this year.

Measures we have already taken include:

Ensuring that new legislation comes into effect on just two common commencement dates, which is especially helpful for smaller businesses;

Helping business implement regulations with clearer information through the cross Government website www.businesslink.gov.uk:

Bringing in comprehensive guidance on maternity leave and pay;

Enabling other departments, business people, consumer representatives and the unions to scrutinise policy proposals through a ministerial challenge panel.

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