Ken Clarke, Minister without Portfolio, and Oliver Letwin, Minister for Government Policy, today published the draft Deregulation Bill, which will free thousands of businesses from red tape and make life easier for individuals and civil society. The draft bill will now be scrutinised by a joint committee of MPs and peers, and legislation will be brought forward when parliamentary time allows.
The draft Deregulation Bill is the latest step in the government’s ongoing drive to remove unnecessary bureaucracy that costs British businesses millions, slows down public services like schools and hospitals and hinders millions of individuals in their daily lives.
The government’s Red Tape Challenge has already brought in reforms that have saved business over £212 million a year, not all of which needed legislation passed by Parliament to achieve. A significant number of further measures will be implemented by the end of 2013, including an overhaul of employment tribunals to save business around £40 million per year. Overall, ministers have already decided that more than 1,900 substantive regulations will be scrapped or reduced. The Chancellor announced in the Budget that a second phase of the Red Tape Challenge will start in summer 2013.