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Consultations and inquiries

Posted on 30 May 2018 (Permalink)

UK’s Investment policy

International Trade Committee inquiry

Closes 11th June 2018

This inquiry by the International Trade Committee will examine the Government’s performance in promoting and facilitating inward and outward investment and its approach, upon the UK leaving the EU, to negotiating agreements that liberalise and protect foreign investment.

In particular the Committee is seeking submission on the following questions:

  • How effective is the Department for International Trade (DIT) at promoting and facilitating inward and outward investment? How should its performance be measured?
  • What kind of inward and outward investment, including in what sectors, should DIT prioritise in its investment promotion work?
  • Which markets should DIT prioritise in promoting and facilitating inward and outward investment?
  • How should the Government be working with the Devolved Administrations in promoting and facilitating inward and outward investment?
  • What is the potential effect of Brexit on future investment flows to and from the UK? How should the Government respond?
  • How is investment currently dealt with in the EU’s trade agreements, including in terms of both investment liberalisation and investment protection?
  • What is the effect of the UK’s existing bilateral investment treaties (BITs) on investment flows and the UK’s ability to regulate in the public interest?
  • What provisions on investment should the UK seek in future trade and investment agreements?

Full details can be found here.



Special educational needs and disabilities

Education Committee inquiry

Closes 14th June 2018

In 2014, the Government introduced wide-ranging changes to the SEND system, with the intention of offering simpler, improved and consisted help for children and young people with SEND. The Government claimed these changes would give families greater choice in decisions. The inquiry is intended to review the success of these reforms, how they have been implemented, and what impact they are having in meeting the challenges faced by children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

In particular the Committee is inviting evidence on:

  • Assessment of and support for children and young people with SEND
  • The transition from statements of special educational needs and Learning Disability Assessments to Education, Health and Care Plans
  • The level and distribution of funding for SEND provision
  • The roles of and co-operation between education, health and social care sectors
  • Provision for 19-25-year olds including support for independent living; transition to adult services; and access to education, apprenticeships and work

Full details can be found here.



High streets and town centres in 2030

Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Inquiry

Closes 22nd June 2018

The inquiry will examine the future role of the high street in contributing to the local economy and the health, cohesion and culture life of the local community and the challenges faced amid changing demographic, technological and other trends in recent decades.

It will also look at how local areas are planning for the future of their high streets and town centres and creating the conditions to sustain them in the years ahead, as well as whether councils have the planning, licensing, tax raising and other tools necessary to help local areas flourish.

Full details can be found here.



Air quality: reducing nitrogen dioxide air pollution in 33 local authorities (England)

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs consultation

Closes 26th June 2018

Defra is seeking views on what measures would be effective in reducing roadside NO2 levels and how they should be assessed in 33 local authorities in England. These 33 councils have been directed by Defra to carry out studies into reducing their nitrogen dioxide pollution in their areas.

Views from this consultation will help inform the council studies which are to be submitted to government by 31st July. The government will consider the results and publish a supplement to the UK plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide concentrations by 5th October 2018.

Full details can be found here.



Registration of local services in Enhanced Partnership Areas

Department for Transport Consultation

Closes 28th June 2018

This consultation seeks proposals for how local authorities can take over the registration function of bus services from the traffic commissioners under an Enhanced Partnership. Enhanced Partnerships are part of the Bus Services Act 2017.

The consultation documents include:

  • Bus Services Act: consultation on draft regulations and guidance
  • Annex: draft appeals to Traffic Commissioners regulation 2018
  • Annex: draft registration regulations 2018
  • Annex: guidance on the registration of local bus services in an Enhanced Partnership area

Full details can be found here.



Family and Friends Care Statutory Guidance - revising guidance

Department for Education consultation

Closes 4th July 2018

Asylum seeking children coming to live in the UK can be some of the most vulnerable in the country. The Department for Education is seeking views on revisions the guidance to include asylum seeking children being brought to the UK under the Dublin III Regulation to join family or relatives. These revisions are intended to provide clarity and support local authorities.

Views are invited on whether the revised guidance provides sufficient advice to local authorities in England engaging in these cases. In particular they would like to know of:

  • anything that should be amended?
  • anything further that should be added?
  • any suggestions for further links or resources that could be included?

Full details can be found here.



Automation and the Future of Work Inquiry

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee inquiry

Closes 13th July 2018

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has launched an inquiry on automation and the future of work, looking at its likely impact on UK businesses and the potential it has for productivity, growth and re-industrialisation.

The inquiry will also consider the impact of automation on workers, and the potential benefits and choices for consumers. The automation inquiry is also set to examine the advice and financial support available for businesses seeking to automate, and for those whose jobs are affected by changes in how we work.

Given the significant impact which automation is likely to have on workers in the future, the Committee’s inquiry is also likely to look at the policies and actions needed to re-skill workers affected by automation, and what role business and Government should take in supporting this.

Among the questions asked by the Committee are:

  • which sectors are most likely to be affected by a growth in automation and what sort or tasks are most and least likely to be replaced by automation?
  • Are there specific demographic groups most at risk and how far can these be mitigated by new roles in these industries?
  • Is there enough advice and support for businesses who want to automate and does the Government’s Industrial Strategy offer the right support?

Full details can be found here.



Environment: developing environment principles and accountability

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Closes 2nd August 2018

As part of the development of an Environmental Principles and Governance Bill, the Government will create a new statutory and independent environmental watchdog to hold the government to account after the UK has left the EU. This new body will work alongside a new policy statement setting out the environmental principles that will guide sustainable policy-making.

In this consultation, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs is seeking views on how the new independent environmental watchdog will work, what functions and what powers it should have to oversee environmental policy and law, and on the environmental principles that should be applied in England to guide and shape environmental law and policy making.

The consultation is set out in three parts:

  • Environmental Principles
  • Accountability for the Environment
  • Overall Environmental Governance


Full details can be found here.