Policy paper

Defra better for business: strategic reform plan for Defra’s regulations

Defra’s Red Tape Challenge Implementation Plan covering all of Defra’s Red Tape Challenge commitments.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



This report outlines the progress made by Defra since the Red Tape Challenge was launched by the Prime Minister in April 2011.

Defra has reviewed over 1,200 regulations since then. As part of Red Tape Challenge reforms, Defra anticipates that there will be 80% less guidance, resulting in easier, faster and cheaper access for users. Defra has 336 reform proposals including improving 428 regulations, mainly through simplification or consolidation. Through Defra’s Red Tape Challenge 350 obsolete regulations will also be removed.

Published 9 April 2014