Archive for August, 2009

Former Commons Speaker to become Baron Martin of Springburn

The new title of former Commons Speaker Michael Martin has been revealed. When the House of Lords returns after the recess he will be presented as Baron Martin of Springburn, of Port Dundas in the City of Glasgow.”


Continue Reading August 28, 2009 at 6:35 pm 2 comments

‘Smart meters’ could save on energy bills by 2020

A ‘smart grid’ electricity network and the use of ‘smart meters’ should save consumers money on their energy bills, according to a government minister.

Continue Reading August 25, 2009 at 6:51 pm 2 comments

MPs “concerned” by rise in unsafe foreign-registered lorries on British roads

A rise in the number of foreign-registered heavy goods vehicles on Britain’s roads has led to “unacceptable levels of non-compliance with basic road safety standards,” a committee of MPs has said.

Continue Reading August 24, 2009 at 5:32 pm Leave a comment

MPs call for scrutiny of arms exports to Israel and Sri Lanka

The Committees on Arms Export Controls have published their their annual report, which includes scrutiny of export licences granted in 2008.

Continue Reading August 21, 2009 at 4:31 pm 1 comment

Government reveals £500m annual spend on Parliament

The government has published the costs of running the Houses of Parliament.

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Mortgage lenders accused of using repossession as a ‘first resort’

A committee of MPs has said that “many sub–prime, specialist and second charge lenders” are using repossession not as a tool of last resort, but instead of first resort.

Continue Reading August 17, 2009 at 6:40 pm 3 comments

Government ‘failing to implement’ conventions on torture

International conventions that give British courts criminal jurisdiction over crimes such as torture are not being fully implemented by the Government, a committee of MPs and peers has reported.

Continue Reading August 16, 2009 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment

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