HC Deb 02 June 1998 vol 313 cc160-1W
Mr. Page

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will list the regulations that have been removed or amended to help small businesses since 1 May 1997. [42777]

Mrs. Roche

[holding answer 1 June 1998]: Between 1 May 1997 and 31 May 1998 my Department has laid 8 amending regulations which resulted in compliance cost savings to business. These are as follows:

  • The Wireless Telegraphy (Network User Stations) (Exemption) Regulations 1997;
  • The Gas Act 1986 (Exemption) Order 1997;
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  • The Insurance Companies (Accounts and Statements) (Amendment) Regulations 1997:
  • The Restrictive Trade Practices (Non-Notifiable Agreements) (Sale and Purchase, Share Subscription and Franchise Agreements) Order 1997;
  • The Restrictive Trade Practices (Non-Notifiable Agreements) (Turnover Threshold) Amendment Order 1997;
  • The Cosmetic Products (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1997;
  • The Wireless Telegraphy (Licence Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 1998; and The Trade Marks (Amendment) Rules 1998.

Regulations to reduce the burdens on business are not necessarily targeted on businesses of a particular size. The regulations listed are expected to reduce burdens on business irrespective of size.