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Director of park member development,
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Brad Irwin
Partnerships development manager,
Natural History Museum

Michel Buchel
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Julie Becker
Communications and Events Manager,
Ecsite

Eva McDiarmid
Chief Executive,
ASVA

Kurt Janson
Policy Director,
Tourism Alliance

Peter Ducker
Chief executive,
Institute of Hospitality

Maria Zolotonosa
Project Manager,
Ecsite

Ian Taylor
CEO,
SkillsActive

Ufi Ibrahim
Chief Executive,
British Hospitality Association

John Goodbody
Sports Journalist

Sam Coulstock
Customer Relationship Director,
Springboard

Lucy Schweingruber
Fundraising and Events Manager,
Ecsite

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Regulations: The Empire Strikes Back

10 Jul 2012
by Kurt Janson, Policy Director, Tourism Alliance
One of the main stumbling blocks is other Whitehall departments and agencies, who are reluctant to change legislation and are quietly fighting to water-down proposals.

Early last year, the government said with great fanfare that it was going to a have a bonfire of outdated and unnecessary legislation as part of measures to allow businesses to provide the growth and employment needed to pull the country out of recession.

Part of this was a series of Red Tape Challenge consultations where different sectors could submit suggestions as to what the government could do in the way of regulation busting to support businesses.

It's now nine months since tourism minister John Penrose announced the results of the Red Tape Challenge for the tourism and hospitality sector - that more than 100 pieces of regulation had been considered, with 12 set to be scrapped and a further 50 to be simplified. The minister also established an industry-led Regulation Taskforce to detail what else could be done.

In January, the taskforce published its comprehensive report on 63 pieces of legislation that should be repealed or amended to reduce regulatory burden. So how many pieces of legislation have been amended and repealed so far? Unfortunately, none.

Not that this is through any lack of enthusiasm on behalf of the minister or government officials - and it should also be acknowledged that changing regulation does not happen overnight as there is a due process of consultation to go through.

One of the main stumbling blocks is other Whitehall departments and agencies, who are reluctant to change legislation and are quietly fighting to water-down proposals. An example: In September the government said it would scrap regulations requiring businesses to post "no smoking" signs.

However, the Department of Health is now proposing that firms produce their own signs, rather than buying ones that comply with a strict standard. The fear is that without such signs, there will be a mass outbreak of smoking in public buildings.

What is clear is that, rather than having been won, the battle to reduce regulation has only just got underway.



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