Labour pledges greater business support

Labour’s Business Manifesto commits the party to deregulating "where
desirable" under the new Regulatory Reform Act.

Prime Minister Tony Blair launched the manifesto last week, claiming new
regulations would have a time limit on their duration "where

The manifesto also pledges to modernise health and safety at work, although
details are scant.

It promises to strengthen the independence of the competition authorities,
make them more proactive and give them "a clear remit to champion competition".

The document admits that the Government needs to "improve the quality
of support to business, make decisions that affect business more quickly and
increase its understanding of the business environment".

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