Ministers in u-turn over red tape bill. By Dan Martin

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Ministers have agreed to amend legislation aimed at cutting the regulatory burden on business after criticism that sweeping powers in the original bill went against democracy.

Under the proposals in the Regulatory Reform Bill, powers were granted to the government to pass or amend any law without parliamentary scrutiny.

Opposition parties and the media attacked the plans saying it was an attempt by Tony Blair to "hijack democracy".

But yesterday cabinet minister Jim Murphy revealed that the government would amend the proposals.

He said: "Some of the debate about this legislation has been quite hysterical. It is my intention to table amendments to make it clearer, more focused and ensure it concentrates on purely on regulatory changes."

In response, David Heath, Liberal Democrat shadow leader of...

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