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Clarke promises to cut red tape for business

Shadow business secretary Ken Clarke has said he will cut red tape for business as part of the wider reform of Whitehall.

Speaking at the Conservative party conference in Manchester, Clarke said: “The burden of red tape and quangos is a millstone around Britain’s neck, stifling our recovery and playing havoc with our public services too.

“We need the right kind of regulation, based on giving people the responsibility to make judgements not forcing them to tick boxes and fill in endless forms.

“Under a Labour government the regulatory burden has got out of control - costing more than £77bn at last count. It’s high time the Government got off people’s back and started helping them instead. These new policies are the biggest and most serious attempt to lighten the load and I hope they’re the spark that lights the bonfire of red tape.”

Clark said 34,583 regulations had been put into place under Labour - 14 for every day Labour have been in power, and the cost of regulation has been put as high as 12% of GDP.

New regulations will replace old ones in ‘a one in, one out’ on top of an overall 5% reduction.

The public will be able to nominate unpopular regulation.

The proposals back the announcement yesterday that the public would be have unprecedented access to public accounts.

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