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Government announces Creative Industries Sector Deal

On 28 March, Digital and Culture Secretary Matt Hancock MP, and Business Secretary Greg Clark MP announced the details of a brand new Creative Industries Sector Deal, agreed with the Creative Industries Council. The Sector Deal, featuring joint investment from government and industry, includes the following commitments: ▪£72 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund with £39 million for the Arts and Humanities Research Council to support 8 creative research and development partnerships across Britain and £33 million to invest in immersive technology roducts, services and experiences. This will support new uses of virtual reality in areas like video games, interactive art shows and augmented reality...

Government publishes guidance for public consultations

The Government has published a revised set of government consultation principles. These principles give clear guidance to government departments on conducting consultations.These principles have been amended in the light of comments from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee and demonstrate the Government’s desire to engage more effectively with the public.Consultations provide an invaluable opportunity for organisations and campaigns to directly influence government policy. Departments will only consult when they have been directed to act, and so ignoring a consultation could mean stepping down from the table when policy is being drafted. A well-drafted consultation response will be clear, concise and valuable as both a line-in-the-sand and...

Four ad hoc select committees recommended by the Lords Liason Committee

On 20 March 2018, the House of Lords Liaison Committee published its recommendations for four new Ad Hoc Select Committees to be created in the 2017 – 19 session.The four proposals are: ▪Bribery Act 2010 (post-legislative scrutiny) ▪Intergenerational Fairness and Provision ▪Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities ▪The Rural Economy These recommendations will be debated by Peers in the House before Easter Recess. Based on past Lords Liaison Committee reports, they are likely to be accepted. Bribery Act 2010 (post-legislative scrutiny) Post-legislative scrutiny of the Bribery Act 2010 would allow a Committee to assess the impact of the legislation. A principal issue for a Committee to consider would be whether the Act has,...

Spring Statement 2018

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP today delivered the first Spring Statement to Parliament which laid the groundwork for increased spending at the Budget in Autumn.The Chancellor announced with a flourish in 2016 that he would not deliver two major statements on tax and spending every year to ensure that the Treasury had time to properly consult on initiatives, and to align announcements with the start of the tax year. Instead, today’s statement saw the Chancellor deliver a statutory update on the state of the economy.The Spring Statement allows the Chancellor to present the Office for Budget Responsibility’s (OBR) forecasts to Parliament, alongside...

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Proposals for 2018–19 ad hoc committees sought

Lords Liaison Committee Chairman Lord McFall has this week invited members of the House of Lords to put forward their proposals for ad hoc committees in 2018-19.Ad hoc committees are appointed to undertake a particular inquiry and cease to exist once they have reported to the House. They have the same powers and format as Select Committees. Topics are selected based on the knowledge and experience of Members of the House, whether they complement the work of Commons departmental select committees and whether they cut across various Departments’ remits. On the latter, traditional Select Committees struggle to address issues that fall between departments.Last year, ad...