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"We're Making Progress-But There Is Still Work to Be Done" Says Lord Haskins

Magazine article Management Services

"We're Making Progress-But There Is Still Work to Be Done" Says Lord Haskins

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Lord Haskins, the Chair of the Better Regulation Task Force, says progress is being made in tackling business concerns about the burden of regulation, but there is much more to be done.

He made his comments as he launched the Task Force's 1999 - 2000 Annual Report, which this year includes a review of how the government has responded to the Task Force's key recommendations since its formation in 1997.

Lord Haskins said: "Regulation remains a very controversial issue. Businesses, particularly small ones, are constantly and correctly, telling the Task Force about the costs and time needed to comply with regulations. At the same time, consumer, environmental and trade union groups are equally, and understandably, concerned about market failures and regulatory shortcomings. The BSE enquiry will highlight such concerns.

"I feel we are making progress, and having an impact both inside and outside of government, in seeking to strike a balance between these two strongly held positions. Ministers have been taking our recommendations seriously. They are listening to, and acting upon, our constant reminders that policy makers and those who enforce regulation must apply the basic principles of good regulation."

Lord Haskins cited three examples of the government's positive response:

* All government departments are now expected to apply the five `Principles of Good Regulation' when drawing up new regulations;

* The setting up of the Panel for Regulatory Accountability to monitor and intervene on cross-governmental department regulation issues, on which Lord Haskins sits with key members of the Cabinet; and

* The creation of the Small Business Service to champion the interests of small businesses at the heart of government. …

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