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First cull of “crackers” regulations

29 July 2011

Yesterday the Business Secretary Vince Cable announced proposals in relation to the first results from the Red Tape Challenge. The Government plans to scrap or simplify around 160 out of the 257 regulations reviewed in relation to retail firms.

The proposals include:

  • removing the requirement of alcohol licences to sell chocolate liqueurs
  • reducing the age limit to buy Christmas crackers from 16 to 12
  • removing rules relating to the safety of pencils, prams and hood cords
  • removing various pieces of antiquated legislation
  • removing various specific burdens identified by businesses such as the requirement on retailers to notify TV Licensing about TV sales

The Governments efforts to reduce the regulatory burden should be applauded. However a lot of the changes announced are relatively minor and will have little tangible impact on many firms. This is not an invitation to businesses to be any less vigilant in their regulatory compliance.

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