Have a Late Drink on Blair in Red Tape Blitz
TONY BLAIR yesterday untied some of the red tape stifling business in Britain.
Under the initiative, restaurants will be able to serve drinks after 11pm without a permit.
And pubs will be freed to stay open longer on special occasions without seeking permission from magistrates.
Hundreds of complicated fire safety rules and weights and measures regulations are also to be simplified.
The Prime Minister summoned leading entrepreneurs to Downing Street to announce he was bowing to pressure from the Confederation of British Industry and other groups.
Mr Blair signalled legislation designed to simplify existing laws and provide longer consultation and implementation periods for new rules for business.
He declared: 'We have set out our aim to make Britain the best place in the world to start up and grow a business.' The shake-up will result in 120 separate statutory fire safety regulations being streamlined into a single easy-to-understand rulebook. …