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Business: Regulation

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he is taking to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses and the voluntary sector. (198424)

Government undertook an exercise, supported by industry, to measure the administrative burdens that impact businesses, charities and voluntary organizations and third of all sizes as a result of complying with regulations. Upon the completion of this exercise, 25 per cent. net targets by 2010 were set to reduce this burden.

In December 2007, 19 Simplification Plans were published, showing more than 700 measures to reduce the burdens of complying with regulations. Over 280 of these measures have already been delivered saving businesses £800 million per year.