Government’s plan to cut red tape stalls

Not one piece of red tape has been cut by the government in the last year
despite introducing a law 12 months ago to reduce regulatory burden on business.

Prime minister Gordon Brown hailed the bill, which received Royal Assent last
November, as a radical step for changing the way businesses were regulated.

However it has taken until this week for the first legislative order to be
produced for MPs to vote on, reported the

The paper found that five of 12 ministers sitting on its regulatory reform
committee had failed to attend any of its meetings.

The Department for Business,
Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
said there were around 20 orders
moving through the system: ‘After a bit of a shaky start, we’re motoring on

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