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Weekly Information Bulletin: 1st November 1997

WHITE PAPERS AND GREEN PAPERS
RECEIVED SINCE LAST BULLETIN

WHITE PAPERS are issued by the Government as statements of policy, and often set out proposals for legislative changes, which may be debated before a Bill is introduced. Government responses to Select Committee reports, which are occasionally regarded as White Papers, are often omitted from this section but may be found within the Select Committee Publications section. Some White Papers may invite comments.

GREEN PAPERS set out for discussion, proposals which are still at a formative stage. All CONSULTATIVE and DISCUSSION documents which reach the Public Information Office are included in this section. Inclusion in the Bulletin is for record purposes.

Not all discussion papers are published and put on general release: some are sent only to a predetermined list of consultees. This is a matter solely for the Department concerned.

Papers to which an ISBN and price are appended are normally available through the Stationery Office. For others,

application should be made to the department concerned.

White Papers

24.10 HUMAN RIGHTS: Rights brought Home: The Human Rights Bill. Cm 3782 TSO (010137822X) £5.30

Green Papers

27.10 AMBULANCE SERVICE - Creation of a single ambulance trust in Wales. Copies from Mr H P J Butcher, Project Leader, Welsh Ambulance Trust Reconfiguration Group, Ty Maes y Gruffydd, Cefn Coed Hospital, Cockett, Swansea SA2 0PG, Tel: 01792 562931. Comments by 27 January 1998.

27.10 ANIMAL FEED - Consultation of the Feeding Stuffs (Amendment) Regulations 1997. Copies from Mr S P Coleman, Room 224, Ergon House, c/o Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR. Comments by 24 November 1997.

6.10 ANIMAL WASTE - Review of UK legislation controlling the disposal of animal waste. Copies from Nick Jackson, Room B21, MAFF, Government Buildings (Toby Jug Site), Hook Rise South, Tolworth, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 7NF. Tel: 0181 330 8269. Comments by 3 & 17 November 1997.

27.10 BREAD - Consultation on bread sizes and weights. Copies from Shanta Halai, CACP1D, DTI, Room 4.G.17, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET, Tel: 0171-215 0334.

2.10 BULL BARS - Consultation on options for National Action. Copies from Mr P O'Reilly, Zone 2/04, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR. Comments by 31 December 1997.

22.10 CATTLE - Draft regulations on animal tags and passports, consultation document. Copies from MAFF Library, 3 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HH, Tel: 0171-270 6000. Comments by 21 November 1997.

22.10 CATTLE - Consultation on proposed slaughter of BSE offspring. Copies from Scottish Office Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries Department, BSE Project Team, Room 350, Pentland House, 47 Robb's Loan, Edinburgh EH14 1TY, Tel: 0131-244 6413. Comments by 3 December 1997.

20.10 CITIZENS' CHARTER - Local Charter Guide: Consultation on best practice on local charters. Copies from Citizens' Charter Unit, London SW1P 3AL, Tel: 0171-270 6462, website: http:///www.open.gov.uk/charter/ccuhome.htm. Comments by 31 January 1998

1.9 CITIZENS' CHARTER - A Consultation Exercise. Copies from Citizens' Charter Unit, London SW1P 3AL, Tel: 0171-270 6462, website: http://www.open.gov.uk/charter/ccuhome.htm. Comments by 21 November 1997.

1.10 CONSERVATION - Council Directive on the conservation of natural habitats and wild fauna and flora (92/43/EEC). The Habitats Directive - A list of possible Special Areas of Conservation and proposed amendments to candidate Special Areas of Conservation in the UK. Copies from DETR, 6th Floor, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU Tel: 0171 890 3014

20.10 CONSTRUCTION - Consultation on anti-cowboy measures and safety improvements in building regulation proposals. Copies from Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU, Tel: 0171-890 3333. Comments by 30 January 1998.

25.9 CRIME - Tackling Youth Crime: A Consultation Paper. Copies from Home Office, 50 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AT Tel: 0171 273 4000. Comments by 3 November 1997.

15.10 CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM - Tackling Delays in the Youth Justice System: A consultation paper. Copies from the Home Office, 50 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1A 9AT, Tel: 0171-273 4000. Comments by 12 November 1997

24.10 CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM - Reducing Remand Delays. A consultation paper. Copies from the Home Office, 50 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1A 9AT, Tel: 0171-273 4000. Comments by 14 November 1997.

26.9 EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT - 'Learning and working together for the future'. A strategic framework for DfEE, Consultation Document. Copies from DfEE Publications Centre, PO Box 5050, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 6ZQ. Tel: 0845 6022260. E-mail: [email protected]

9.10 EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS - Qualifying for Success. Consultation document on proposals to improve the qualification choices available to 16-19 year olds. Copies from DfEE Publication Centre, PO Box 5050, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 6ZQ. Tel: 0845 6022260. Comments by 18 December 1997.

27.10 ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES - 'Market Transformation'. Strategy on reducing electricity needed to run domestic appliances. Copies from Chris Baker, C11/19, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3EB, Tel: 0171-276 6716, website: http://www.open.gov.uk/doe/envir/greening/energy/eeprod.htm. Comments by 5 December 1997.

27.10 ELECTRICITY - Standards of Service for electricity customers, consultation paper. Copies from OFFER, Hagley House, Hagley Road, Birmingham B16 8QG, Tel: 0121-456 2100. Comments by 28 November 1997.

29.10 EMPLOYMENT - "Millennium Volunteers" consultation on programme to provide volunteering opportunities for young people. Copies available by telephoning 01928 794260. Comments by 20 January 1998.

14.10 FEEDINGSTUFFS - Proposals to revise legislation to Zootechnical Feed Additives and Medicated Feedingstuffs. Copies from Veterinary Medicines Directorate, Woodham Lane, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB. Tel: 01932 336911. Comments by 5 December 1997.

29.10 FINANCIAL SERVICES - Consultation document from the Financial Services Authority on Consumer Involvement, Practitioner Involvement and Paying for Banking Supervision. Copies from FSA, Tel: 0171-638 1240.

30.8 FOOD LABELLING - Food Labelling (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (Implementing the new quantitative ingredients declaration (QUID) Rules). Copies from the Scottish Office, Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries Department, Pentland House, 47 Robb's Loan, Edinburgh EH14 1TY. Tel: 0131 244 6482. Comments by 19 November 1997.

10.10 FOODSTUFFS - Spreadable fats (Marketing Standards) (Amendment) Regulations 1997. Copies from MAFF, Room 311, Whitehall Place (West Block), London SW1A 2HH. Comments by 28 November 1997.

12.8 HARBOUR PILOTAGE - Review of the Pilotage Act 1987 - formal consultation. Copies from DETR, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR. Tel: 0171 271 4800. Comments by

17.10 HOUSING - The Government's Capital Receipts Initiative: Proposed Item 8 and subsidy amending determination for 1997-98. Copies from Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU. Comments by 7 November 1997

25.9 INSURANCE - The Draft Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) General Regulations, Consultative Document. Copies from DETR, Health and Safety Finance and Operations Branch, 23rd Floor, Portland House, Stag Place London SW1E 5DF Tel: 0171 890 4698. Comments by 26 December 1997.

20.9 LAW COMMISSION - Damages for personal injury: collateral benefits. Law Commission Consultation Paper No 147. Copies from TSO. Website: www.gtnet.gov.uk/lawcomm/homepage.htm Comments to Law Commission, Conquest House, 37-38 John Street, Theobalds Road, London WC1N 2BQ Tel: 0171 453 1236 by 31 December 1997.

20.9 LAW COMMISSION - Claims for Wrongful Death. Law Commission Consultation Paper No 148. Copies from TSO. Website: www.gtnet.gov.uk/lawcomm/homepage.htm Comments to Law Commission, Conquest House, 37-38 John Street, Theobalds Road, London WC1N 2BQ Tel: 0171 453 1236 by 31 December 1997.

26.9 LAW COMMISSION - Criminal Law: Consents to Prosecution. Law Commission Consultation Paper No 149. Copies from TSO. Website: www.gtnet.gov.uk/lawcomm/homepage.htm Comments to Law Commission, Conquest House, 37-38 John Street, Theobalds Road, London WC1N 2BQ Tel: 0171 453 1236 by 31 December 1997.

24.10 LAW COMMISSION - Shareholder Remedies: Law Com. No 246 Cm 3769. Copies from TSO, website: http://www.gtnet.gov.uk/lawcomm/homepage.htm.

9.10 MEDICINES - The Medicines Act 1968: The Medicines (Veterinary Drugs) (Pharmacy and Merchants' List) Order 1992 - Consultation. Copies from MAFF, Whitehall Place, (West Block), London SW1A 2HH.

    Tel: 0171 270 3000. Comments by17 November 1997.

20.10 PRISONS - Draft circular - 'Planning for Future Prison Development'. Copies from Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU, Tel: 0171-890 3333

23.10 RAIL NETWORK - The Timetabling of the Railtrack Network: A Consultation Document. Copies from Sue MacSwan, ORR Library, 1 Waterhouse Square, 138-142 Holborn, London EC1N 2ST, Tel: 0171-282 2001, Tax: 0171-282 2045, E-mail mailto:[email protected], website: http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/Comments by 19 December 1997.

22.10 SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION - Excellence for all children: Meeting Special Educational Needs. Cm 3785. Copies from TSO £11.90. Free summary version from Dfee Publications, PO Box 5050, Sudbury, Suffolk CO 10 6ZQ, Tel: 0845 60 22260, website: http://www.open.gov.uk/dfee/dfreehome.htm. Comments by 9 January 1998.

28.10 SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION - The BEST for Special Education: A Welsh Office Green Paper. Copies from TSO, Cm 3792 £8.10. Comments by 16 January 1998.

9.10 SURROGACY - Aspects of Surrogacy arrangements. Consultation and review of various aspects of surrogacy law. Copies from Department of Health, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS.

    Tel: 0171 210 3000. Comments by 23 January 1998.

24.7 TEACHING - Teaching: High Status, High Standards. General Teaching Council - A Consultation Document. Copies from DFEE Publications Centre, PO Box 6927, London E3 3NZ. Tel: 0171 510 0150 Web-site: http://www.open.gov.uk/dfee/dfeehome.htm Comments by 17 October 1997.

7.10 TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOLS - 'Connecting the Learning Society'. Copies available by calling 0845 6022260. Summary on website: www.open.gov.uk/dfee/dfeehome.htm

9.10 TRANSFER PRICING - Modernisation of the 'Transfer Pricing Legislation' a consultation document. Copies from Inland revenue Reference Library, Ground Floor, South West Wing, Bush House, Strand, London WC2B 4RD Web-site: http://www.open.gov.uk/inrev/condoc5.htm Comments by 19 December 1997.

28.7 TRANSPORT - Roads Review: What role for trunk roads in England? Copies from Highways Policy and Programme Division, 3/03B Great Minister House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR. Tel: 0171 271 4974. Comments by 14 November 1997.

6.8 TRANSPORT - Consultation on the Government's proposals for accessible taxis. Copies from Tony McLaughlin, The Scottish Office, St Andrew's House, Edinburgh EH1 1DG. Tel: 0131 244 2542. DETR, Mobility Unit, Zone 1/11, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR, Tel: 0171-271 5000, website: http://www.open.gov.uk/dot/mu/ Comments by 30 November 1997

29.8 TRANSPORT - Consultation on Traffic Management and Parking Guidance for London. Copies from Government Office for London, Riverwalk House, 157-161 Millbank, London SW1P 4RR. Tel: 0171 217 3178. Comments by 28 November 1997.

21.8 TRANSPORT - Developing an Integrated Transport Policy. Copies from Ruth Chapman. Integrated Transport Division 1, DETR, Zone 1/26, Great Minister House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR Tel: 0171 271 5631 or DETR Web-site: http://www.open.gov.uk/dot/itd/consult/index.htm - Comments by 14 November 1997.

22.10 WOMEN - 'Reaching Women in Scotland'. A consultation paper. Copies from Mrs Lorna Belfall, The Scottish Office Home Department, V1 Spur, Saughton House, Edinburgh EH11 3XD, Tel: 0131-244 5001. Comments by 31 December 1997.

7.10 YOUTH CRIME - New National and Local Focus on Youth Crime: A Consultation Paper. Copies from Home Office, 50 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AT. Comments by 10 November 1997.

The following GREEN PAPERS were received during the recess, but the period for consultation has now passed

29.8 BUSINESS FUNDING - 'The challenge approach to sectoral support for business'. Copies from DTI Publications, Admail 528, London SW1W 8YT. Tel: 0171 510 0142 quoting reference URN 97/800. Comments by 30 September 1997.

29.8 CEREALS - Review of the Home-Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA). Copies from MAFF, Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HH, Tel: 0171-270 6000. Comments by 17 October 1997

1.8 COMPANY LAW - The European Company Statute. Copies from DETR, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET. Tel: 0171 215 0409. Comments by 26 September 1997.

7.8 COMPETITION BILL - A prohibition approach to anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominant position - DRAFT COMPETITION BILL. Copies from Consumer Affairs and Competition Policy Directorate, DTI, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET. Web-site: http://www.dti.gov.uk/competition/bill Comments by 30 September 1997.

5.9 COPYRIGHT - A Consultation Paper on United Kingdom Implementation: Directive 96/9/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 11 March 1996 on the Legal Protection of Databases. Copies from Tony Scott, Copyright Directorate, the Patent Office, 25 Southampton Buildings, London WC2A 1AY Tel: 0171 438 4778. Comments to Stuart Booth at the same address by 30 September 1997.

15.9 COUNCIL TAX - Rules Governing the Levy of Distress in Respect of Council Tax Debts: A Consultation Paper. Copies from DETR, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU. Tel: 0171 890 3000. Comments by 31 October 1997. Website: http://www.local.doe.gov.uk

15.9 COUNCIL TAX - The Council Tax Liability of Owners of Houses in Multiple Occupation. A Consultation Paper.

    Copies from DETR, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU. Tel: 0171 890 3000. Comments by 31 October 1997. Website: http://www.local.doe.gov.uk

15.9 COUNCIL TAX - Enforcement of Council Tax Debts: A Consultation Paper. Copies from DETR, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU. Tel: 0171 890 3000. Website: http://www.local.doe.gov.uk. Comments by 31 October 1997.

20.8 ELECTRICITY SUPPLY - Fifth consultation paper on price restraints to apply to public electricity suppliers (PESs) in the competitive supply market from April 1998. Copies from OFFER, 70 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 2QZ. Tel: 0141 331 2200. Comments by 12 September 1997.

19.8 ENVIRONMENT - Environment assessment (EA): Implementation of EC Directive (97/11/EC) - Consultation Paper. Copies from Scottish Office, Development Department, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ. Comments by 1 October 1997.

5.8 ENVIRONMENTAL INDUSTRY - Strategy for the Joint DETR/DTI Environmental Markets Unit: Consultation. Copies from Joint Environmental Markets Unit, Department of Trade and Industry and Environment, 151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SS. Tel: 0171 215 1624. Comments by 26 September 1997.

19.8 FOODSTUFFS - Consultation on the quantitative declaration of ingredients (QUID): Guidance notes. Copies from The Scottish Office, Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries Department, Pentland House, 47 Robb's Loan, Edinburgh EH14 1TY. Tel: 0131 244 6482. Comments by 31 October 1997.

19.8 FOODSTUFFS - Consultation on maximum levels for aflatoxins in foodstuffs. Pre-draft EC proposals (Doc VI/1669/97 Rev 4). Copies from The Scottish Office, Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries Department, Pentland House, 47 Robb's Loan, Edinburgh EH14 1TY. Tel: 0131 247 6482. Comments by 29 August 1997.

6.8 HOMELESSNESS - Consultation on new measures to tackle homelessness in Scotland. Copies from The Scottish Office, St Andrew's House, Edinburgh EH1 1DG. Tel: 0131 244 1111. Comments by 31 October 1997.

29.8 HORSE PASSPORTS - Proposed Order to implement a Community-wide requirement for horse passports. Copies from Mr P W Newman, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Animal Health, Disease Control, Division 'A', Room B66, Hook Rise South, Tolworth, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 7NF. Tel: 0181 330 8088. Comments by 15 October 1997.

13.8 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS - Changes to Local Government electoral arrangements in Dacorum, East Hertfordshire, Hertsmere, North Hertfordshire, Stevenage and Three Rivers. Copies from Local Government Commission for England, Dolphyn Court, 10/11 Great Turnstile, London WC1V 7JU. Comments by 14 October 1997.

4.8 MULTIMEDIA - Multimedia Communications on the Move. Copies from Department of Trade and Industry, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET Tel: 0171 215 1785.

    Web-site:http://www.open.gov.uk/radiocom/rahome.htm. Comments by 17 October 1997.

4.9 PLANNING - Town and Country Planning (general permitted development) (Scotland) Order 1992: Permitted development for above ground sewerage works. Copies from The Scottish Office, Development Department, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ. Tel: 0131 244 7067. Comments by 30 October 1997.

15.9 PLANNING - Draft Circular: The Town and Country Planning (Development Plans and Consultation) Directions 1997. Copies from Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU. Tel: 0171 890 3000. Comments by 31 October 1997. Website: http://www.local.doe.gov.uk

4.9 REGENERATION PARTNERSHIPS - Programme for Partnership: Consultation networking and dissemination arrangements. Copies from The Scottish Office, Development Department, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ Tel: 0131 244 6788 Comments by 30 September 1997

12.8 SURVEILLANCE OPERATION - Consultation on a draft code of practice for use by chief police and custom officers when authorising intrusive surveillance operations. Copies from Home Office, 50 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AT. Comments by 30 September 1997.

1.9 TRADE UNION SUBSCRIPTIONS - Proposed changes to legislation governing the deduction of Trade Union Subscriptions direct from pay at source. Copies from Jenny Thomas, Industrial Relations Directorate, Department of Trade and Industry, 2.D.46, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET. Tel: 0171 215 5982. Comments by 31 October 1997.

29.8 TRADE UNIONS - Proposals on union subscriptions. Copies from DTI, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET, Tel: 0171-215 5000. Comments by 31 October 1997

4.8 WATER POLLUTION - Anti-pollution Works Regulations. Further Consultation Paper including draft regulations. Copies from Mrs S Rennie, DETR, Water Quality Division, Room A4.15, Romney House, 43 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3PY. Tel: 0171 276 8266. Comments by 19 September 1997.

COMPLIANCE COST ASSESSMENTS

Compliance Cost Assessments (CCAs) are prepared and published by the Government for all primary legislation introduced into and secondary legislation laid before Parliament. In the case of most Government Bills, a CCA forms part of the Explanatory Memoranda to the Bill: in other cases, a separate document is issued. CCAs are an assessment for the business sector of the costs involved in complying with the legislation. All CCAs received in the Library of the House of Commons are noted, along with an address where copies may be obtained. The Department of Trade and Industry issues a six monthly list of CCAs as a Command Paper. The publication of this paper will be noted in the White Papers section of the Bulletin.

24.9The Fireworks (Safety) Regulations 1997. Copies from DTI, Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET. Tel: 0171 215 5000
4.9 Regulation to implement an amendment to the Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations 1990. Copies from Scottish Office Development Department, 2-H, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ Tel: 0131 244 7439
15.10 The Competition Bill 1997. Copies from DTI, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET.
Tel: 0171 215 5000
21.9 Proposed Public Processions etc (Northern Ireland) Bill. TSO (0337030944) £1.90

 

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