Overseas Trade

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Jim Dobbin Jim Dobbin Labour, Heywood and Middleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will respond to the findings of the report by the British Chamber of Commerce entitled Exporting is Good for Britain but Red Tape Stifles Growth in respect of the effects of UK and international regulations on UK exporters.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Government strongly agrees with the British Chambers of Commerce on the need to open up new markets for UK exporters. This is why we are actively pressing for progress on liberalising trade through EU free trade agreements.

The stock of domestic regulation is under review as part of the Red Tape Challenge with the assumption that burdensome regulations will be scrapped unless they can be fully justified. The Red Tape Challenge expects to cover further regulations relating to imports in the coming months, having already reviewed export control orders. However, the Red Tape Challenge will not be reviewing regulations relating to tax. The Office of Tax Simplification is leading on work to simplify tax legislation and several key issues highlighted in the report such as customs clearance and tariffs sit within its remit. I have supplied a copy of the British Chamber of Commerce report to the Office of Tax Simplification for consideration as part of their work.

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