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David Cameron has cited a rule that insists shopkeepers apply for a poison licence to sell oven cleaner as one of a list of "crazy examples dreamt up" by "Whitehall bureaucrats".
In a speech to the Federation of Small Businesses, David Cameron has said that the Government needs to "get out of the way" of business.
Mr Cameron said: "There are areas where government needs to get out of the way of small business success."
He added that he doesn't want to see high streets being "hollowed out" and instead wants to see shops thrive.
"I really want to see our high Streets be a success, I don't want to see a hollowing out of our high streets," he said.
Cutting thousands of pages of bureaucratic guidance will mean the Government becoming the first administration in modern history to have reduced red tape for businesses over the course of a parliament, David Cameron has claimed.
Large companies should help support smaller firms by paying them promptly, a business leader has urged.
The Government should also do more, by reforming business rates and improving access to finance, said the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).Policy chairman Mike Cherry said supporting small firms should not be a "nice to have" afterthought to policymaking.
Speaking ahead of the FSB's policy conference in London, he said:
"The Government must focus on how they can support these businesses in job creation and growth while the UK's large businesses need to play their part too in supporting ambitious small businesses, for example through paying their smaller suppliers promptly."
The FSB has described business support as "congested and confusing", saying the system in the United States should become a model for the UK.
The coalition is planning to scrap or amend more than 3,000 regulations from the "serious to the ridiculous", including rules that impose bigger windows on new buildings to allow for a "dirt factor" instead of assuming people will clean them.
- Among the 80,000 documents of environmental guidance to be significantly cut back are:
- 286 pages of regulations on hedgerow maintenance and
- 380 pages on waste management
- Around 100 housebuilding standards will also be slimmed down to fewer than 10
- The changes will lead to savings of more than £850 million a year
Thousands of pages of "crazy" guidance that tells businesses and builders how to do everything from dealing with the problem of dirty windows to cutting hedgerows will by slashed by up to 90%, David Cameron will pledge today.
The Prime Minister will tell business leaders that the coalition will be the first government in modern history to have reduced the overall burden of red tape business, saving more than £850 million a year.