Archive for the 'bills' Category

NHS bill to change ‘substantively’, says Oliver Letwin – BBC News

“‘Substantive’ changes are to be made to the controversial NHS bill which is going through parliament, Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin says.”

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BBC News, 16th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lords reject government bid to bin Youth Justice Board – BBC News

“The government has been defeated in a vote in the House of Lords over plans to abolish the Youth Justice Board.”

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BBC News, 28th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Legislation titles – what’s in a name? – The Guardian

“The protection of freedoms bill shows it is not always easy to ensure a bill’s ‘short title’ accurately summarises its contents.”

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The Guardian, 24th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Commons to hear of Buckingham girl killed by cyclist – BBC News

“The parents of a Buckingham girl who was killed by a cyclist will be in the House of Commons later as their fight to change the law continues.”

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BBC News, 22nd March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Public interest defence against libel proposed, but campaigners call for more radical action – OUT-LAW.com

“Journalists will be able to rely on the defence that they published responsibly and in the public interest in defamation cases, according to reforms proposed by the Government. A defence of ‘honest opinion’ will replace that of ‘fair comment’.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th March 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

The libel reforms are a step in the right direction – but do they go far enough? – The Guardian

“The draft bill has many welcome clauses, but doesn’t limit the right of companies to sue that many campaigners had hoped for.”

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The Guardian, 15th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Libel reform: government’s proposals – The Guardian

Read the draft defamation bill and consultation in full

The Guardian, 15th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Libel law reform announced – Ministry of Justice

“New measures to support free speech, enable people to protect their reputation and help stop the use of unreasonable threats of being sued for libel were announced today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 15th March 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Defamation Bill intended to kill off ‘libel tourism’ – The Independent

“Major changes to Britain’s antiquated defamation laws will be outlined by ministers today with the publication of a bill to provide greater protection for free speech and an end to ‘libel tourism’.”

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The Independent, 15th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Consolidation of charity law – Cabinet Office

“The Charities Bill was published today, consolidating existing charities legislation into one Act of Parliament. The consolidation bill aims to make it easier to follow charities legislation.”

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Cabinet Office, 4th March 2011

Source: www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

The House of Lords is keeping ministers’ Henry VIII powers in check – The Guardian

“The government’s little-reported announcement last week that it will no longer bypass parliament when it abolishes public bodies is a sign that the House of Lords is working effectively: even ministers now understand that the best thing to do when they find themselves in a hole is to stop digging.”

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The Guardian, 9th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

How Protection of Freedoms Bill will work – BBC News

“MPs are to debate the government’s Protection of Freedoms bill later, which ministers claim will protect millions of people in England and Wales ‘from unwarranted state intrusion in their private lives’.”

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BBC News, 1st March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Bill gives heads powers to exclude violent pupils – The Guardian

“Headteachers will be given greater powers to exclude violent and aggressive pupils in a series of major school reforms published today.”

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The Guardian, 27th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Localism Bill: people to get legal right to buy threatened local shops or post offices – Daily Telegraph

“People will be given the legal right to buy threatened community assets like post offices or village shops, Communities secretary Eric Pickles will announce next week.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th December 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Daylight Saving Bill gets initial approval from MPs – BBC News

“The campaign to give the UK more hours of daylight in the evenings has been boosted by MPs who have given it initial approval.”

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BBC News, 3rd December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Amnesty International say police bill will let war criminals go free – The Guardian

“Britain was accused by Amnesty International of handing a ‘free ticket’ to suspected war criminals after the government published parliamentary legislation designed to make it more difficult to arrest Israeli officials and ministers on British soil.”

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The Guardian, 1st December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fixed-term parliaments bill open to legal challenge, clerk of Commons warns – The Guardian

“A major potential flaw in the coalition’s bill to introduce fixed-term parliaments was exposed when the clerk of the Commons today warned it would open the way for repeated legal challenges if parliament passed a vote of no confidence in a government, leading to a general election.”

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The Guardian, 7th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs ‘denied enough time to study electoral reform bill’ – The Guardian

“MPs have been denied an ‘adequate opportunity’ to scrutinise legislation paving the way for a referendum on reform of the voting system, it was claimed today.”

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs pass law paving way for school shake-up in England – BBC News

“MPs have approved legislation which paves the way for a radical overhaul of the school system in England.”

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BBC News, 26th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

MPs due to vote on England academies reforms – BBC News

“MPs are due to vote on legislation which paves the way for a radical overhaul of England’s school system.”

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BBC News, 26th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

People in rural villages to be allowed to build on green belt without planning permission – Daily Telegraph

“People living in rural communities will be able to give themselves the right to build on local green belt land without planning permission, under plans to be unveiled today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Academies Bill ‘rushed through’ claim – BBC News

“The government has been accused of rushing through legislation on its academy programme.”

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BBC News, 18th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Plans to reform defamation law announced – Ministry of Justice

“Plans to review the law on defamation to protect free speech and freedom of expression were outlined today by Justice Minister Lord McNally.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 9th July 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

What price should policyholders pay for fraudulent insurance claims? – Law Commission

“The Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission are conducting a joint review of insurance contract law.”

Full press release

Law Commission, 9th July 2010

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Academies bill is anti-democratic, lawyers warn – The Guardian

“Teachers, lawyers and parents warn today that Michael Gove’s first bill – to create thousands more academies – is ‘anti-democratic’ and concentrates the fate of the country’s schools into too few hands.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Libel Bill gives ISPs definite 14 day window to act – OUT-LAW.com

“A new libel law proposed by a Liberal Democrat peer would clarify how quickly ISPs and publishers have to act when told of a defamatory post or article. Defamatory material would not have to be taken down for 14 days, under the proposal.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd June 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Lord Lester’s bill a ‘catalyst’ for libel reform – Law Society’s Gazette

“Liberal Democrat peer and barrister Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC has introduced a private member’s bill to reform the country’s ‘archaic’ libel laws.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd June 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

What does Lord Lester’s defamation bill propose? – The Guardian

“An analysis of Lord Lester’s private members’ defamation bill.”

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The Guardian, 27th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Theresa May to spell out timetable for scrapping ID cards – The Guardian

“Home secretary to publish legislation to give the Home Office the power to scrap ID cards within a month of it reaching the statute book and to cancel the national identity register.”

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The Guardian, 27th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Queen’s Speech 2010 – Number 10

“The Queen has outlined the Government’s priorities for the coming Parliamentary year in the Queen’s Speech following the official state opening of Parliament.”

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Number 10, 25th May 2010

Source: www.number10.gov.uk

Queen’s Speech lays out radical agenda – The Independent

“David Cameron’s coalition Government launched its first legislative programme today – with flagship Bills on schools, political reform and a promise to scrap ID cards.”

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The Independent, 25th May 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Chancery Lane welcomes coalition government proposals – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Law Society welcomed the new coalition government’s pledge to seek a better balance between state surveillance and privacy this week, while legal aid lawyers said they hoped Kenneth Clarke’s appointment as justice secretary will spell good news for access to justice.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th May 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Media reporting bill ‘threat’ to vulnerable children – Law Society’s Gazette

“Measures rushed through parliament at the ‘eleventh hour’ to allow greater media reporting of the family courts will put vulnerable children at risk, lawyers have warned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th April 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Scramble to save Bills at end of parliament – The Independent

“Moves to stage a referendum on scrapping the first-past-the-post electoral system have been abandoned as the parties wrangle over legislation to be rushed into law ahead of the general election. The Government has also dropped proposals to phase out the right of hereditary peers to sit in the House of Lords.”

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The Independent, 7th April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Digital Economy bill faces further scrutiny – BBC News

“Controversial elements of the Digital Economy Bill will face further scrutiny even if the bill is passed later, Commons Leader Harriet Harman has said.”

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BBC News, 6th April 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Q&A: The Digital Economy bill – BBC News

“The Digital Economy Bill is due for its second reading in the House of Commons and could become law during the wash-up period, which sees outstanding legislation rushed through before a general election.”

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BBC News, 6th April 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Call for ‘fuller’ debate on Digital Economy Bill – BBC News

“Opponents of the controversial Digital Economy Bill have urged MPs to give it ‘the debate it deserves’ when it is discussed in the Commons later.”

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BBC News, 6th April 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government insists vicars will not be sued for refusing ‘gay marriages’ in churches – Daily Telegraph

“Ministers have assured clergy that they will not face legal action if they refuse to carry out new ‘gay weddings’ in churches.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Equality Bill could be amended by Lords to benefit Catholic adoption agencies – Daily Telegraph

“Roman Catholic adoption agencies could be allowed to act in accordance with their religious beliefs once more, under a move to be proposed in the House of Lords.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Equality Bill makes Britain’s web accessibility law harder to access – OUT-LAW.com

“OPINION: The UK’s law on web accessibility is being re-written in an apparent attempt to make it impenetrable. But even though algebra has replaced plain English, the duty to make information accessible to disabled people survives, thanks to a blind peer.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th March 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Lords demand curbs on pleural plaques compensation fees – Law Society’s Gazette

“Solicitors and claims management companies (CMCs) acting in pleural plaques compensation cases should have their legal fees severely curtailed, the House of Lords heard last week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th March 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Government will reintroduce site-blocking power in Commons – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government has pledged to find a way to force ISPs to block access to websites accused of hosting copyright-infringing material despite the dropping of a controversial amendment to that effect in its Digital Economy Bill.”

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OUT-LAW, 17th March 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

‘Free care for vulnerable’ bill killed off by Lords coalition – The Guardian

“The government conceded that its eye-catching bill to provide free care at home for the vulnerable will have to wait until after the election after peers inflicted a series of defeats.”

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The Guardian, 18th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Digital economy bill: Online piracy law unlikely to face major scrutiny – The Guardian

“The government is planning to introduce controversial measures, backed by the Conservatives, that would force internet companies to block websites that host substantial amounts of pirated content as it scrambles to get its digital economy bill through parliament.”

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The Guardian, 16th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

ISPs, publishers and academics voice outrage at Digital Economy Bill – OUT-LAW.com

“Plans to introduce a law that will force internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to websites accused of hosting copyright-infringing content have been condemned by ISPs, publishers, consumer groups, user rights groups and academics.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th March 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Tech chiefs attack digital economy bill – The Guardian

“Amendments made to the digital economy bill by the House of Lords threaten freedom of speech and will lead to British websites being blocked without due judicial process, the bosses of leading technology companies said today.”

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The Guardian, 10th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bid to scrap right of entry laws – BBC News

“It may sound like a Monty Python sketch – but an ancient law allowing people on private land without a warrant if they are following a bee might still apply.”

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BBC News, 9th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Vegans should be protected from discrimination, says equality watchdog – Daily Telegraph

“Vegans and atheists should have the same protection against discrimination as religious groups according to guidance on new equality laws proposed by Harriet Harman.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

YouTube threatened by changes to Digital Economy Bill – OUT-LAW.com

“Courts will have the power to block access to entire websites from the UK because of allegations of copyright infringement under an amendment to Government legislation that has been adopted by the House of Lords.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th March 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Lords force rethink of government’s online piracy plans – BBC News

“The government has been defeated in the House of Lords over measures to tackle online piracy after opponents said the plans could hamper digital innovation.”

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BBC News, 4th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Gay weddings to be allowed in church – The Independent

“Gay men and women will finally be allowed to marry in churches after the House of Lords dramatically voted in favour of lifting the ban on religious premises holding same-sex partnerships.”

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The Independent, 3rd March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Peers vote to allow homosexuals to marry in church – Daily Telegraph

“Homosexuals may be allowed to hold civil partnership ceremonies in churches after the House of Lords voted in favour of scrapping a ban on same-sex religious unions.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lords angered over three strikes rule for filesharers – The Guardian

“The government’s plans to disconnect file sharers from the internet have come in for heavy criticism in parliament, amid claims that ministers are attempting to rush legislation through without proper oversight.”

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Vulture funds: UK MPs propose law to end debt relief profiteering – BBC World Service

“Campaigners for lower international debts are backing a proposed law in the UK parliament called the Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Bill.”

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BBC World Service, 26th February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Bill ‘will allow schools to teach that homosexuality is wrong’ – The Guardian

“Campaigners today accused the government of performing a U-turn over sex education in faith schools, after changes to a bill they said would allow the schools to discourage the use of contraception and teach that homosexuality is wrong.”

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The Guardian, 18th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk


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