§ Mr. Lewis Stevens
asked the Paymaster General what progress has been made in deregulation since the publication of the White Paper, "Lifting the Burden."
§ Mr. Trippier
We have made good progress on deregulation and a number of the proposals set out in the White Paper "Lifting the Burden" (Cmnd. 9571) are being implemented. My right hon. and noble Friend has set up the enterprise and deregulation unit reporting directly to him, and procedures for monitoring the impact of new regulations on business have been introduced.
Steps so far taken to reduce burdens on business include the extension to two years of the qualifying period in unfair dismissal cases, the introduction of new building regulations, the publication of a review of the use classes order and proposals for amending legislation on wages councils and women's hours of work.
My right hon. and noble Friend has announced the Government's intention to publish a second White Paper on deregulation in the spring.