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REGULATORY BURDEN ON BUSINESS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1728A1: tabled on 22 October 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 15 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr Tim Yeo on 24 September 2002. This is amendment number 1.

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Suggested amendment

Leave out from `year' to end and add, `the Government's Regulatory Reform Action Plan contained 268 proposals for reform, of which 63 could be by a Regulatory Reform Order, over the next three years; applauds the work of the Regulatory Reform Committee but regrets the continued poor attendance of Conservative honourable and Right honourable Members; welcomes the recent reports about business regimes that put the United Kingdom at the top with the most entrepreneur friendly environment; endorses the greater use of competition assessments in ensuring good policy making; recognises the increasingly important part played by regulatory impact assessments as evidenced by the NAO report in November 2001; notes that more than 95 per cent. of the 4,600 statutory instruments in 2001 had little or no impact on business; congratulates the Government on its intention to publish figures for compliance with the regulatory impact assessment process; calls on the Cabinet Office to ensure full compliance; and hopes for the support of the Opposition to help deliver the commitments in the Regulatory Reform Action Plan.'.

Original motion text

That this House notes that the Regulatory Reform Act came into force in April 2001; further notes that in February this year the Prime Minister promised 260 regulatory reform orders in his regulatory action plan; notes also that only six regulatory reform orders have so far been approved; further notes that the greatest complaint of British business is the costs and burden of red tape and bureaucracy on their activities; and calls on the Government to deliver the commitments made by the Prime Minister in February and reduce the regulatory burden on business.