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Monday, 20 February 2012 11:47

Government launches Water & Marine Red Tape Challenge

The Government has launched a Water & Marine Red Tape Challenge - over the next five weeks it wants to hear views on which regulations could be improved or redesigned, kept or scrapped or implemented more efficiently.

The Red Tape Challenge was launched in April 2011 to open up Government regulation to the scrutiny and challenge of the public, businesses and experts.

The Water and Marine theme of the Government’s Red Tape Challenge will run until 23rd March. Over 420 regulations are included within Water & Marine, including drinking water quality, flood management, inland waterways, marine conservation and fisheries.

The Government said it wants to use the Red Tape Challenge to find out how it can do things better whilst maintaining the important progress that has been made in flood prevention, access to inland waterways, water quality and conservation of rivers and seas which support a wide range of ecosystems.

Peter Simpson, Managing Director of Anglian Water and Barrie Deas, Chief Executive of National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations are the sector champions for the theme, which includes flood and coastal erosion, water quality, water resource, inland waterways, fisheries and marine conservation.

At the end of the Challenge, the Government will then use the contributions in producing proposals on regulatory reform. The proposals will be reviewed by a Ministerial ‘Star Chamber’ and final proposals for change will be reviewed by the Government’s Reducing Regulation Committee. Decisions will be announced on the Red Tape Challenge website.

Introducing the Water and Marine theme of the Red Tape Challenge, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Natural Environment and Fisheries, Richard Benyon, said the Government was committed to being the greenest government ever and that protecting and enhancing the natural and marine environment was crucial to the UK’s long-term economic success and quality of life. However, the Minister said there was no intention to reduce environmental protection.

He added:

“We are looking to all of our stakeholders – the public, businesses, representative bodies and non-governmental organisations – to tell us how our regulations are working in practice and what can be done to improve them. The more specific you can be the better – we want to make a real difference to how we achieve our objectives.”


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