The challenge is part of the Government's growth agenda and will tackle the stock of more than 21,000 statutory instruments that are currently putting up barriers in every walk of life.
The Red Tape challenge website launched in April by the Prime Minister and Business Secretary Vince and it will, for the first time, give the public a chance to have their say on regulations that affect their everyday lives; whether it's to speak up for well designed rules that are there to protect or challenge badly designed or badly thought through regulations that are an unnecessary burden.
The first area of national life to go under the microscope will be retail. Following this, every few weeks a new set of regulations, organised around themes, will open on the website for anyone to comment on. Once a theme has closed to the public, the Prime Minister has said in a letter to all Ministers that they will have three months to explain why a regulation is still required, or it will be scrapped.