Red tape debate call

6 July 2001

Red tape debate call

JUNIOR rural affairs minister Alun Michael has called for constructive debate on excessive bureaucracy.

Mr Michael was speaking during a debate at Westminster Hall, on Tuesday (July 3). His comments followed calls by Labour MP Mark Todd (S Derbyshire) for a change of management style and a new culture, Following MAFFs demise, it was a ministry with "an introverted and defensive culture" which made it difficult to deal with other areas of public service or other groups, he said.

Mr Todd added: "The painful level of bureaucracy which was sometimes imposed was sometimes impossible to conceive of. The muddled communication of exactly how this bureaucracy worked was also bad news for local farmers." &#42

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