Headlines: November 17th, 1999

The new Cabinet Office Minister Mo Mowlam has put new charge into the battle against red tape.She’s set a target of one year to see a reduction in over-complex rules and regulations coming out of Whitehall.

And she is not just concerned about industry, but wants to examine the additional pressures placed on doctors, teachers and local authorities.

The new initiatives include a Minister in each department taking responsibility for regulatory reform, and a new Ministerial Panel to call Ministers to account for their department’s regulatory performance and programmes.

She has also asked Chris Haskins, Chair of the Better Regulation Task Force, to meet Ministers with regulatory departments to discuss what progress is being made with simplification programmes.