Red tape not cut
THE government has not kept its pledge to cut red tape says the Country Landowners Association.
In a letter to two Cabinet ministers, CLA president, Hugh Duberly, says the government has "totally failed" to deliver its commitment to stop unnecessary regulation and minimise bureaucracy.
In fact his 50,000 members are experiencing the reverse with more and more unnecessary regulations, complains Mr Duberly in his letter to farm minister Douglas Hogg, and environment secretary John Gummer.
The total area of land coming under statutory and nonstatutory designations is also growing apace he adds.
If the government does not act immediately the result will be lost jobs and closed businesses warns Mr Duberly. He calls for resolute action "to avert this serious threat to the future of this countrys rural economy."