Government rejects environmental safeguards in Deregulation Bill

Attempts by Labour to ensure that deregulation proposals are accompanied by an assessment of their environmental effects and of the costs that they may transfer from business to third parties have been rejected by Ministers during the Committee stage of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Bill in the Commons. The Government has also resisted amendments intended to introduce extra procedural safeguards against excessive use of the Bill's deregulatory powers by Ministers. But the Committee proceedings have brought one token and one financially significant concession for the scrap metal industry in its battle to be relieved of the burden of waste legislation.

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