Commenting on the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform's speech to the Fabian Society today, Chris Hannant, Head of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

"Mr Hutton's comments today will be applauded by the business community.

"The vast majority of workplace issues can already be resolved between employer and employee with a bit of commonsense and without the need for further regulation. There are laws currently in place to ensure fairness in the workplace and a better enforcement of the existing regulations is where the Government should be focusing its efforts.

"The cumulative regulatory burden on business has now reached £66 billion since 1998, and churning out rafts of fresh legislation will only serve to damage business competitiveness in uncertain economic times."