Prime Minister Gordon Brown has created a new governmental department to deal with business enterprise and regulation.
The new Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform will be headed up by John Hutton, former secretary of state for Work and Pensions.
Brown says: “The new department will be responsible for creating the conditions for business success, developing deeper and more effective engagement with business, with the ability to promote the competitiveness agenda across critical areas of government policy. It will provide support for the Business Council.
“It will also be responsible for promoting choice and quality for consumers through competition policy and for ensuring an improved quality of life for employees.
“A key priority for the department will be its cross-government role in promoting better regulation across the business, public and voluntary sector.”