HC Deb 14 December 1983 vol 50 cc479-80W
41. Mr. Ashdown

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to reduce the differentially higher costs of complying with Government regulations borne by small businesses.

Mr. Trippier

We have already made important reductions in the costs of complying with Government regulations, notably by reducing small businesses' filing and statistical form-filling requirements, by improving planning procedures and by amending employment legislation. The Government are always seeking further ways of reducing burdens on small businesses.

he has received from organisations concerned with the United Kingdom textile and clothing industries; if he will list such representations in the Official Report; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Trippier

My Department has received oral or written representations as follows: