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People 'should challenge councils on safety rules'

Lord Young will address the Conservative Party conference this weekend about his proposals for the reform of health and safety regulations in England and Wales.

He told Today presenter Evan Davis that people should be able to challenge councils which ban events on safety grounds and wants fewer adverts for personal injury lawyers.

And he promised to cut bureaucracy, saying "over the last ten years it's been applied over everything. It's been the same laws that apply to a heavy manufacturing or chemical plant, apply to an office, to a shop and to a classroom and that is nonsense.

"So we find people the whole time filling in forms and spending an enormous amount of time and effort instead of doing what they should be doing which is looking out and using common sense."

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