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Cameron: Businesses say red tape 'holding them back'

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.

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Cameron dismisses 'poison licence to sell oven cleaner'

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".

Let me just give you a few more crazy examples dreamt up in the past by Whitehall bureaucrats. Employees used to be able to sue their employer if they were insulted by a customer.

We’ve changed the Equality Act to stop that. Shopkeepers used to need a poison licence to sell oven cleaner – we’re scrapping that.

– David Cameron in a speech to the Federation of Small Businesses

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