Blair plans to cut govt red tap

London, Nov 27 | Updated: Nov 28 2006, 05:30am hrs
British Prime Minister Tony Blair plans to cut red tape in government by a quarter, officials said on Monday. Blair will tell business leaders at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conference later on Monday that the government is launching a programme of regulatory reform, Blairs spokesman said.

All departments will be required to set out simplification plans by the end of this year to reduce by 25% the red tape they currently oversee through form-filling, inspections and record-keeping, the spokesman said. Examples of red tape that could be cut include simplifying information on employment law and health and safety advice and cutting forms needed in the planning system, he said. It will be Blairs last speech to the CBI annual conference as he has pledged to step down next year. Businesses and the Conservative Party have complained that British tax legislation has become vastly more complex while new employment regulations have cost firms billions of pounds.