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Red tape challenge - Government asks sport, heritage, gambling and lottery industries: 'name and shame the regulations that are holding back your business'

DCMS press release

Those with a stake in the sport, heritage, gambling and lottery industries get the chance today to declare war on the rules and red tape that are holding back their growth and stifling their chances of success. These industries will get their chance for the next three weeks to name and shame the regulations they want to see scrapped, through an easy-to-access website http://www.redtapechallenge.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/home/index/.

The website will give them the opportunity to say whether regulations targeted at these sectors - ranging from measures covering the export and return of cultural objects, to rules on gambling premises - are still necessary or are actually examples of excessive red tape.

And the Ministers responsible for them will then have to justify each rule and, where the case for their existence cannot be justified, consign them to the scrapheap. The site will also allow the industry to flag up ways in which problems can be solved without intrusive Government regulations.

Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive of Lee Valley Park and Peter Hannibal, gambling and leisure industry consultant, have both agreed to become the champions for this theme, ensuring that it delivers real results quickly.

Tourism Minister John Penrose said:

"Cutting through red tape is an absolute priority for this government and central to our plans to encourage growth. The website being launched today is a really effective and simple way for those within the sport, gambling, heritage and lottery sectors to have their say on the rules and regulations they would like consigned to the scrapheap.

"I've no doubt our sector champions Shaun Dawson and Peter Hannibal will also be crucial in taking this work forward and I'm grateful to them for their help on this challenge. I would urge everyone with an interest in these varied industries to have their say."


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