News from Westminster

Last week saw business policy developments in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. On Tuesday a package of measures to help cut unnecessary red tape were announced as new amendments to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. The amendments include removing automatic liability on business for civil damages in health and safety cases when they are not found negligent, and the removal of the provisions in the Equality Act 2010 which make employers liable for harassment of its employees by third parties, such as customers or clients, over whom the employer does not have direct control.

In the House of Lords, the beginning of the week saw a series of debates take place on trade, investment and start-up businesses in the UK. The Chamber Network’s important role helping businesses to export was cited during these debates by both Lord Cope of Berkeley and Lord Haskel.

This week will see the report stage of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill as well as the committee stage of the Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill. The Chamber network  will, as ever, be lobbying in the coming weeks to ensure that these Bills help to provide businesses with the support that they need to grow.

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