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March 01, 2006

BCC and The Abolition of Parliament Bill

Yes, yes, we’ve all had our say about The Abolition of Parliament Bill (Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act for the slow boys at the back).

Ministers can introduce, modify or abolish any Act, any law, subject to a piss poor review process and a couple of limitations. It makes the Executive dictators in essence.

Still, you’ve got to give it to NuLab, they do know how to get the stories placed in the papers. The British Chambers of Commerce release a report today about the rising cost of regulation on business.

Research by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) based on official figures shows that the burden to business of complying with workplace, consumer protection and environmental regulations has reached £10bn a year.

Even if no new regulations are passed over the next five years, the total red tape burden since Labour came to power will hit £100bn by 2011. New rules governing everything from the use of ladders, to night club bouncers and vibrating plant equipment added £3bn of regulatory costs last year.

Note that at least two of those three examples actually come from Brussels and thus have nothing whatsoever to do with Parliament or even the UK Government. Still, here’s the great news placing:

The Chancellor gave other departments until December this year to present their own simplification plans, which will be enacted using secondary legislation enabled by the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill currently passing through Parliament.

It’s all just to give business an easier ride then is it? Oh, well then, righty ho, carry on Gordo!

Somehow, desirable as the goal is, it doesn’t quite ring true to me. Cementing the elective dictatorship in place seems a high price to pay for Ministers to unpick their own mistakes.

I think we’d like to have Parliament back....the solution to over regulation is simply to rescind the stupid ones within that democratic framework, not abolish it.

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I have written to the BCC pointing ouıt that the bill they so vocally support could be used to speed up the introduction of new regulations. I await their reply with interest.

Posted by: EU Serf | Mar 1, 2006 10:23:36 AM

In order to reduce the burden of regulation ministers need the power to create even more regulations?

They'll be telling us next that the best way to whitewash a wall is to use black paint.

OTOH I'd support a bill empowering ministers (or anyone else for that matter) to repeal stupid and obsolete legislation. But I don't see that one being passed any time soon...

Posted by: xj | Mar 1, 2006 11:56:31 AM

Just a quick note to alert you to a typo in the title of the page:
Parliamanet

Please feel free to assign this comment to the bitbucket where it rightly belongs, once it has done it's job of alerting you!

Posted by: Murk | Mar 5, 2006 11:23:21 AM

I'd like to let you and your readers know about a blog I have launched with the aim of raising public awareness and increasing media exposure in opposition to this dangerous bill.

http://bill111.wordpress.com/

Many thanks

Posted by: Phil Peter | Mar 10, 2006 2:54:24 PM