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Business: EC Action

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Prime Minister’s response to the hon. Member for North Essex following the statement on the European Council of 12 March 2007, Official Report, columns 35-36, if she will produce an assessment of the cost to UK business of EU administrative burdens; and if she will produce quarterly figures to show how it changes in future years. (127699)

19 Government Departments and regulators undertook an exercise, supported by industry, to measure the administrative burdens that impact businesses and the third sector as a result of both domestic and international regulations (including those from the EU).

Upon the completion of these exercises, the Government set net targets to reduce administrative burdens by 2010. These were followed by publication of Simplification plans to deliver the savings. The estimated administrative burdens for each Department are available in each Department’s simplification plan.

Copies of these plans are available online at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/regulation/reform/simplifying/plans.asp

Copies are also available in the Library for the reference of Members.

These plans will be updated annually to outline progress.