Mr Addison will be responsible for taking forward the government's
policy on better regulation which aims to ensure regulations are
simple, helpful and fair for business and the citizen.
Safety Executive for three years from July 1994 where his work
included supervising a programme of reform to update and simplify old
or out of date laws.
Prior to this, Mr Addison had a variety of posts in what is now the
department of education and employment, including director of finance
and resource management and regional director for London of the
Training Agency. He was also a private secretary at No 10 in the
Better Regulation is an integral part of the 'Better Government'
initiative which is a unified programme for the renewal of
government. The government is committed to giving small business a
greater voice on the Better Regulation Task Force which is to be
chaired by Christopher Haskins. Practical measures will be
introduced, for example the 'Access Business' cross departmental
initiative which will use IT to draw together regulatory advice and
forms into a simpler, more unified service for business.
Improvements will also be identified for key groups including the
elderly, the young and the voluntary sector. A Better Regulation
European Presidency event is being planned for March 1998.