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Mark Addison has today been appointed director of the Better Regulation Unit at the Office of Public Service. ...
Mark Addison has today been appointed director of the Better Regulation Unit at the Office of Public Service.

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.

Mr Addison, 46, was director of safety policy at the Health and

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or out of date laws.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

mid 1980s.


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.

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