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David Cameron commits the Government to reducing the overall burden of regulation, inviting you to identify red tape which needs to be abolished

By Jonathan Isaby

Picture 11 David Cameron has this morning set the Government an admirable ambition:

"I want us to be the first government in modern history to leave office having reduced the overall burden of regulation, rather than increasing it."

This he wrote in a letter to all ministers as he launched the Red Tape Challenge, an initiative in which the public are being invited to make the Government aware of the regulations which burden them and/or their businesses and should be abolished.

A Red Tape Challenge website has been launched, which over the coming months will be publishing all the laws and regulations affecting specific sectors every few weeks to aid readers in identifying those which are unnecessary. The first sector to get the Red Tape Challenge treatment is the Retail Sector.

This is a highly commendable initiative and I sincerely hope that it is a success - although I fear that many of the regulations people would like to dispense with are the result of EU-inspired directives which we are powerless to revoke.

Below is the video of the Prime Minister launching the Red Tape Challenge.


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