Select Committee on Delegated Powers and Deregulation Ninth Report

Letter from the Clerk to The Restaurant Association

Lord Alexander of Weedon, Chairman of the Committee, has asked me to reply to your letter of 9 March, which arrived here today and has been copied to all members of the Committee, and to the Clerk to the Commons Deregulation Committee. Your letter will be of assistance to the Committee this Wednesday, when it meets to discuss this deregulation proposal for the sixth and last time.

The reason why the Committee heard oral evidence only from the Home Office - the proponents of the Deregulation proposal - and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea was because the Committee wanted specifically to discuss the issue of the maintenance of necessary protection for residents. Because this proposal is being progressed by means of a deregulation order the Committee is bound to consider a number of specific issues, and it is that of maintaining necessary protection which is causing the Committee the greatest concern. Clearly, for example, the test of whether or not the proposal would reduce a burden on business is not at issue.

Some 84 individuals or organisations have written to this Committee alone about the proposal, including 61 individual members of BEDA. I can assure you that the Committee has taken account of each submission made to it. It has also had the benefit of the submissions made to the Home Office.

Thank you for your continued interest in the work of the Committee.

13 March 2000

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