Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill

Memorandum submitted by Mr R Richards (ERR 05)

I  am  writing  to  you  regarding  the  Enterprise  and  regulatory  Reform  Bill.

Maybe  I  am  misunderstanding,  if  I  am  misunderstanding,  I  am  sorry  for  wasting  your  time  with my concerns.

Whistle  blowing,  in  my  opinion  should  be  encouraged,  not  closed  down, I  understand  that  there  will  be  a  need  to  satisfy  public  interest  inserted  into  any  possible future  whistle  blowing, who  will  determine  whether  whatever  whistle  blowing  is  indeed  in  the  public  interest?

I  would  argue  that  all  and  any  whistle  blowing  is  in  the  public  interest  and  helps  and  assists  in  any  democracy.

It  indeed  hurts  a  democracy  if  there  is  any  restraint  on  whistle  blowing.

I am  of  the  opinion  that  this  should  be  removed  from  the  bill,  the  idea  that  any  whistle blowing  need  to  be  in  the  public  interest. Nobody  should  decide  what  is  and  what  is  not  in  the  public  interest.

I  am  in  the  process  of  writing  a  book  and  will be  including  details  about  this and  the outcome.  

I  thank  you  for  your  care  and  attention  regarding  this  matter.

June 2012

Prepared 22nd June 2012