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Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the deregulation measures enacted since 1997. [126071]

The Government are committed to removing unnecessary regulatory burdens on business. This commitment is shown through the Regulatory Reform Action Plan, which includes over 250 reforms, with 25 of these being from the DTI. They include:

the recently enacted Communications Act, which replaces five existing regulators with a single regulator;
the Enterprise Act, involving insolvency reform, which will lead to significant improvements for business; and
abolition of the 20 Partner Limit.
We are also committed to ensuring new domestic employment legislation is introduced on just two dates a year.In addition, of the 300 recommendations to Government in the 25 major reports from the Better Regulation Taskforce, we have accepted in full or in part all but 10 recommendations. We continue to identify further areas for action.