Policy paper

Red Tape Challenge update: implementation plan for the retail theme

An update on the plan to reduce retail regulations as part of the government's Red Tape Challenge.

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



The Prime Minister launched the Red Tape Challenge in April 2011 to reduce the overall burden of regulation. The Red Tape Challenge is systematic review of some 6,500 substantive regulations that to scrap or significantly reduce as many of them as possible. The Red Tape Challenge gives businesses and civil society the opportunity to have their say on the regulations, grouped by theme, that affect their everyday lives.

The retail theme was open for public comment between 7 April and 10 May 2011. We received almost 9,000 comments across eight sub-categories:

  • consumer information
  • restricted goods
  • weights and measures
  • hallmarking
  • vehicles parts and fuel
  • trading with the enemy
  • trading requirements
  • sunday trading

257 regulations were considered. We proposed to:

  • scrap 114 (44%)
  • improve 41 (16%)
  • keep 102 (40%)

This report covers progress to date and timescales for implementing the changes.

See also the implementation plan for the manufacturing theme.

Published 24 January 2013