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28 April

Press release: PM meeting with European Commission President Juncker: 27 April 2017

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister had a constructive meeting this evening with President Juncker of the European Commission.

Following the UK’s letter of notification...

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Speech: PM statement following talks with Japanese Prime Minister Abe: 28 April 2017

The United Kingdom’s relationship with Japan is vital to our prosperity and security.

And the fact that Prime Minister Abe is the first world leader I have hosted at Chequers underlines that fact. And...

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Speech: Foreign Secretary statement at the UNSC meeting on North Korea

The Foreign Secretary said:

Thank You Mr President.

The United Nations Charter defines the supreme task of this Council as the maintenance of peace and international security. There could...

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News story: Journée de souvenir dédiée à toutes les victimes de la guerre chimique

Chaque année, la communauté internationale s’interrompt le 29 avril pour se souvenir des victimes des guerres chimiques. L’ONU promeut une prise de conscience internationale et appelle à agir contre ces armes...

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Domesday loan to Lincoln Castle

Extract from the Domesday book for Lincolnshire

One of the earliest surviving public records – Domesday Book – will be loaned to Lincoln Castle as part of a major exhibition for 2017.

The...

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‘Somme Tales’ wins international media award

Frosti works on painting the animation film set

Somme Tales’, a multimedia education project by The National Archives in which a stop-motion animation was made by 16- to 19-year-olds, yesterday...

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We are closed this weekend and bank holiday Monday

Please note that we are closed throughout the coming weekend as well as on May bank holiday Monday.

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Press release: Change of Governor of Anguilla

Mr Tim Foy OBE has been appointed Governor of Anguilla in succession to Ms Christina Scott. Mr Foy will take up his appointment in August 2017.

Curriculum Vitae Full name: Tim Foy OBE...
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Press release: British High Commission Abuja celebrates Queen Elizabeth II at 91

The British High Commission Abuja on Wednesday, 26th April marked the 91st birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and celebrated the strong partnership between the UK and Nigeria. More than 500 guests attended...

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News story: Vaccination for Meningitis B at University of Surrey

Public Health England (PHE) is working closely with NHS partners following 3 confirmed cases of meningitis among students at the University of Surrey.

Sadly one of the students died while travelling home...

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AWS Bank Holiday Closure

AWS Offices

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VLO Office Opening Hours

Revised opening hours from 02 May 17.

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Press release: Avian Flu measures to be relaxed in England from 15 May

Measures currently in place to reduce the risk of Avian Influenza in England will be lifted from 15 May 2017 following the latest risk assessment from Defra, the UK Chief Veterinary Officer has announced.

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Strategic export controls: licensing statistics, 1 October to 31 December 2016

This document reports a breach of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics, or the relevant Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Orders, to which the Code applies as if it included these orders.

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News story: Avian influenza (bird flu) in winter 2016 to 2017

Updated: Updated to reflect latest announcement on avian flu restrictions.

Avian influenza (bird flu) is a disease of birds. The H5N8 strain of the disease has been found in the UK in farmed and wild birds...

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VLO Office opening hours

From 2nd May

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27 April

News story: Armed Forces Minister attends EU meeting

Minister of State for the Armed Forces Mike Penning has attended an EU informal meeting in Malta, alongside Defence Ministers from across the EU.

Ministers from the 28 EU countries discussed the EU’s ...

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News story: National Citizen Service (NCS) Bill receives Royal Assent

The National Citizen Service Bill has today received Royal Assent.

Together the Act and Royal Charter are designed to make sure NCS is delivered efficiently, effectively and transparently.

The...

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Press release: Digital Economy Bill receives Royal Assent

The Bill introduces measures to modernise the UK for enterprise. The measures have been designed to:

empower consumers and ensure everyone has access to broadband wherever they live build a better infrastructure...
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News story: Criminal Finances Bill receives Royal Assent

The Criminal Finances Act 2017 will give law enforcement agencies and partners, further capabilities and powers to recover the proceeds of crime, tackle money laundering, tax evasion and corruption, and combat...

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Press release: Northern Ireland Act 2017 receives Royal Assent

The Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Act 2017, introduced by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland last week, has today received Royal Assent.

The Act sets a...

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Speech: High Commissioner's speech at the Queen's Birthday Party

The last 12 months have been an extraordinary period in modern British political history. On 24th June the British people woke up to the momentous news that they had voted to leave the European Union after over...

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Press release: Formal Northern Ireland Talks to resume after General Election

At roundtable discussions today involving the UK Government, the parties capable of forming an Executive and the Irish Government, it was agreed that formal talks to establish an Executive will be paused until...

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News story: Kitesurfer rescued from Bideford Bay

On Monday night (24 April) we received a 999 call from a member of the public reporting a kite surfer in difficulty in Bideford Bay.

The UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter took this great birds...

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News story: CMA announces new Northern Ireland representative

Robert was previously a sector regulation manager in the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) Belfast office and had particular responsibility for managing the concurrent competition arrangements with the...

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Press release: Spring Viraemia of Carp (SVC) disease outbreak confirmed in Warwickshire

An outbreak of the SVC disease has been confirmed at Arden Lakes, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

The site is now subject to statutory controls to prevent or limit the spread of the disease. ...

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News story: Track worker near miss incident, Ascot

At around 01:30 hrs on 7 April, two track workers narrowly avoided being struck by a train at Ascot station. They climbed out of the way, onto platform 1, with little time to spare. Equipment they had placed ...

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Press release: Drivers advised to plan journeys ahead of Bike4Life charity bike event

Drivers are advised to plan their journeys and allow extra time as around 5,000 motorcyclists take part in the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s seventh annual Bike4Life event between Shrewsbury and RAF Cosford...

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News story: Accelerator innovation network event: autonomous last mile resupply

Registration for the event on 23 May 2017 is now open.

Suppliers attending the event will be able to hear presentations about the autonomous last mile resupply themed competition which seeks...

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26 April

Speech: "The people of South Sudan are fed up of pledges and fed up of promises. They need action."

Thank you Madam President. And thank you David, and Gorgui, for your briefings.

And I want to start by complementing David and the whole UNMISS team for the steps that you have taken to enhance the Mission...

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Press release: PM meeting with European Commission President: 27 April 2017

A No 10 spokesperson said:

The PM had a constructive meeting this evening with President Juncker of the European Commission.

Following the UK’s letter of notification under Article 50, she...

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News story: Tracking the status and events of a trade mark

The service is renamed as ‘Track a trade mark’ and will replace the current trade mark eAlerts service. This is a free tracking service which notifies you via email of specific events occurring to a trade mark...

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News story: SU and international partners endorse new guidelines on duty of care

The development of the ‘Voluntary Guidelines on the Duty of Care to Seconded Civilian Personnel’ was led by the Stabilisation Unit (SU), in close consultation with a number of international partners. The document...

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News story: Cassini spacecraft poised for ‘Grand Finale’

The dives are the beginning of a dramatic end to the mission. After more than a decade of ground-breaking discoveries, and with little fuel left, it has been decided to end the mission by plunging it into Saturn...

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News story: Videos, webinars, e-learning, and emails if you're self-employed

Updated: New webinars added and updates made to the times and dates of the exisitng webinars.

Videos

YouTube videos:

Self Assessment

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News story: Webinars, e-learning, emails and videos on employing people

Updated: New webinars added and updates made to the times and dates of the exisitng webinars.

E-learning

Are you taking on staff and running a payroll? Get help here from our online guide Becoming an...

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News story: Webinars, e-learning, videos and other help for landlords

Updated: Updates made to times and dates of webinars.

E-learning

Read the Letting out a property online guide if you want to let out a property to a tenant and become a landlord.

Videos

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News story: Videos, webinars, e-learning and emails on VAT

Updated: New video added and updates made to times and dates of webinars.

Videos

YouTube videos:

Should you charge VAT VAT record keeping How to submit your VAT return online...
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News story: Webinars and e-learning for anti-money laundering

Updated: New webinars added and updates made to the times and dates of the exisitng webinars.

Webinars

Webinars can last for up to an hour. You can ask questions during the presentation and get answers ...

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News story: Agent toolkits, digital meetings, webinars, e-learning and videos

Updated: Updated Agent talking Points, new webinars added.

Agent toolkits

HMRC have 20 Agent Toolkits available for you to download and use. They are a free online resource aimed at helping you to avoid...

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News story: Videos and webinars about tax credits
Video

Find out about tax credits checks This YouTube video created by HMRC explains:

how they’ll contact you to check your tax credits why your details are being checked what you need to do...
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News story: Tracking the status and events of a trade mark

The service is renamed as ‘Track a trade mark’ and will replace the current trade mark eAlerts service. This is a free tracking service which notifies you via email of specific events occurring to a trade mark...

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News story: 2017 Clinical Excellence Awards closed

The 2017 National Clinical Excellence Awards round closed at 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2017.

We received over 1,200 new and renewal applications.

The volume of applications for new awards means ...

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Press release: New charity investigation: ANO

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has opened a statutory inquiry into ANO, registered charity number 1155123. The inquiry was opened on 3 April 2017. Read more. (cached), Summary and Comments (0), Email this. First seen at 11:30, 26 April

25 April

News story: CMA provisional decision on ICE/Trayport agreement

In March following a challenge by Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE), the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) upheld the CMA’s findings that the merger between the 2 results in a loss of competition and...

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Press release: Privy Council appointments: Gavin Barwell and Mel Stride

The Queen has been pleased to approve that Gavin Laurence Barwell MP and Melvyn John Stride MP be sworn of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

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News story: Videos and webinars about tax credits
Video

A YouTube video will be available on Wednesday 26 April 2017.

It will explain:

how HMRC will contact you to check your tax credits why your details are being checked what you need to...
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News story: CMA provisional decision on ICE/Trayport agreement

In March following a challenge by Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE), the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) upheld the CMA’s findings that the merger between the 2 results in a loss of competition and...

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News story: New Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission

On 21 April 2017 the Minister for Women and Equalities Justine Greening confirmed her decision to appoint Lord Shinkwin as a new Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Lord Kevin Shinkwin...

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Press release: Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Kuwait

Mr Michael Davenport MBE has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the State of Kuwait in succession to Mr Matthew Lodge, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Davenport ...

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News story: South Eastern franchise public consultation events cancelled

Events planned as part of the public consultation for the South Eastern franchise have been cancelled following the announcement of a general election on 8 June.

The following events will now not take...

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Press release: March 2017 Transaction Data

In March:

HM Land Registry completed more than 1,796,050 applications the South East topped the table of regional applications with 414,647 Birmingham topped the table of applications by local authority...
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News story: Animal medicines seizure: R & J Smith, Valley Veterinary Centre

R & J Smith, Valley Veterinary Centre, Galston, Ayrshire. The following products were seized as they are not authorised in the UK:

1 x 100ml Ascorbic Acid Injection

1 x 50ml...

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Speech: It’s good to talk. It’s good to listen.

New guidance for doctors about maintaining confidentiality comes into force today.

I very much welcome this revised guidance from the General Medical Council, (GMC) and believe it will play an ...

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Job Opportunity: Berlin

British Defence Staff Administrative Assistant/Driver

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Speech: High Commissioner's speech at the Queen's Birthday Party, Brunei 2017

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Bahrin bin Abdullah, Minister of Development at the Prime Minister’s Office and Yang Mulia Pengiran Datin Hajah Noorsiah binte Pengiran Hamdan

Pengiran Pengiran...

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Speech: High Commissioner's speech at the 2017 Queen's Baton Relay opening event, Lusaka

We are today celebrating the arrival of the Queen’s Baton to Zambia. The 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay was launched on 13 March at Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as part of Commonwealth Day celebrations...

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24 April

Press release: Foreign Office response to US sanctions on individuals connected with the Asad regime’s chemical weapons programme

Responding to the US decision, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:

The UK welcomes US action to sanction individuals connected to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The abhorrent attack on Khan...

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Statement to Parliament: Sky / Fox Merger

On Thursday 16 March I intervened in the proposed acquisition of Sky by 21 Century Fox on the media public interest grounds of media plurality and commitment to broadcasting standards by issuing a European Intervention...

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News story: Update: air strikes against Daesh

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Thursday 20 April – Typhoons supported Syrian Democratic Forces, striking a Daesh-held building north-west of Raqqa, and a mortar team hiding in a tunnel in the east of ...

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Letter to the leaders of major UK political parties

Letter from Sir David Norgrove to the leaders of major UK political parties

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News story: Send and receive bigger files with our online services

When customers send us documents via our online services, they can now send us files that are up to 20MB. This is an increase from the previous file size limit of 10MB.

The types of documents customers...

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Press release: Dr Fox: English goods are 'in demand' across the world

From strawberries and cream to cheddar cheese and gin, typically English products are proving popular internationally.

This comes as the Department for International Trade has sought to open up new markets...

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Press release: RACE DRIVEN to support driverless cars

RACE – UKAEA’s state of the art robotics technology centre at Culham Science Centre – is to consolidate its position as a test site for driverless cars as a number of major investments in this area were announced...

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Press release: Dr Fox: English goods are 'in demand' across the world

From strawberries and cream to cheddar cheese and gin, typically English products are proving popular internationally.

This comes as the Department for International Trade has sought to open up new markets...

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Press release: RACE DRIVEN to support driverless cars

RACE – UKAEA’s state of the art robotics technology centre at Culham Science Centre – is to consolidate its position as a test site for driverless cars as a number of major investments in this area were announced...

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23 April

Press release: Holy Cross bomb discovery

Rt Hon James Brokenshire, MP said:

I am sickened by this incident with dissident republican terrorists placing a bomb close to a primary school in north Belfast. This shows their wanton disregard for...

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22 April

Press release: Dr Fox: English goods are 'in demand' accross the world

From strawberries and cream to cheddar cheese and gin, typically English products are proving popular internationally.

This comes as the Department for International Trade has sought to open up new markets...

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