U-turn claim over regulation forum

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The government was accused of making a U-turn this week in its effort to reduce the red tape burden when the prime minister announced the creation of a new forum to better understand the relation between risk and regulation.

The risk and regulatory advisory committee, an independent advisory body, was launched by Gordon Brown on Wednesday and was welcomed by the CBI, TUC and the National Consumer Council.

However the move was criticised by David Frost, director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, who said the government had ruled out a similar body when it was proposed by the Better Regulation Commission last year.

Frost said: “It is vital that there is a powerful independent voice within Whitehall to scrutinise regulation and regulatory policy, but today’s announcement is a retrograde step.”

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