By Daniel Hunter

New protections for law-abiding businesses and further progress on Business Minister Michael Fallon’s war on pointless red tape are set out in the government’s latest six-monthly Statement of New Regulation.

Responding to the publication, which showed a net cost to business of £24million over the period, Alexander Ehmann, Head of Regulatory Affairs at the Institute of Directors, said:

“While it’s obviously disappointing that the last six months have seen the Government’s deregulatory programme slow down, ministers should be given credit for being transparent about the costs of red tape which fall on business.

“We do not underestimate how hard it is to keep the burden of regulation under control. The Prime Minister aims to lead the first government in modern history to leave office having reduced the overall burden of regulation. This statement is a reminder that there is still much work to be done to achieve that goal.”

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