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'FAR REACHING' REVIEW FOR COUNCILS ENFORCEMENT POWERS ANNOUNCED

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A 'far reaching' review of local authorities enforcement functions was announced yesterday by trade and industry se...
A 'far reaching' review of local authorities enforcement functions was announced yesterday by trade and industry secretary, Michael Heseltine, following complaints by businessmen who said many functions were duplicated, the Financial Times reports (p7).

The move by the DTI could conflict with the local government review, reports the paper and also suggests a re-examination of environment secretary John Gummer's advice that new authorities should not be too big or too remote.

The review aims to minimise the cost to businesses in such areas as building and planning control, trading standards, environmental health, and food safety.

A DTI body will include representatives of local authority associations and must report within 90 days.
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