HC Deb 10 May 2004 vol 421 cc89-90W
Malcolm Bruce

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the regulations that have been(a) introduced and (b) removed by her Department in each year since 1990. [169165]

Jacqui Smith

[holding answer 28 April 2004]There have been 1713 regulations introduced by the Department in the period 1991 to 2003. A listing of these Statutory Instruments will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

There is no centrally held information about the regulations removed during the period. But a recent OECD Economic Survey of the United Kingdom noted that "economic and administrative regulations inhibiting competition and barriers to trade are amongst the lowest in the OECD".