Government backs down over red tape removal Bill after cabinet minister Jim Murphy tables amendments

The government has backed down after a Bill that would have given ministers the power to change legislation without approval by Parliament was amended.

Cabinet Office minister Jim Murphy tabled amendments to the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill yesterday.

The amendments make clear that the Bill will be used to deliver reductions in unnecessary red tape by reducing or removing administrative burdens and obstacles to efficiency, productivity and profitability.

Murphy said: “This Bill aims to help deliver billions of pounds in savings for the UK economy through reducing the regulatory burden imposed on businesses, and ease the burden imposed by redundant and out-of-date bureaucracy on nurses, doctors, police and charity workers.

“We have tabled amendments that put beyond doubt that this Bill will deliver our better regulation agenda and nothing else.”

The Bill has been supported by major business groups since its introduction, including the CBI, the Institute of Directors and the British Chambers of Commerce.

John Cridland, deputy director of the CBI, said: “The Bill is now focused explicitly on delivering better regulation, and the time has come to get on with the task of removing barriers to productivity and delivering the reductions to unnecessary red tape that business is crying out for.”



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