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01 August

Transparency data: Phase 1 merger enquiry outcomes

Updated: Merger statistics added for July 2014

These figures detail the outcomes of all phase 1 merger enquiries completed in each year, from 1 April 2004 to the latest full month.

Please note ...

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FOI release: Number of page visits to the CMA home page

On 22 July 2014 the CMA received a freedom of information (FOI) request for the attached document, which shows the number of page visits to the CMA’s homepage on GOV.UK, for each month since 1 January 2014. Read more. (cached), Summary and Comments (0), Email this. First seen at 11:30, 1 August

Guidance: E to G signed pledges: armed forces corporate covenant

Updated: Removed Erudition Schools Trust as already published under Personalised Learning – Erudition Schools Trust.

About the corporate covenant

The corporate covenant is a voluntary pledge made by organisations...

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Correspondence: Settlement Body Metering letter

This is a letter from the Settlement Body to National Grid confirming the approved metering configuration solution for the purpose of a Demand Side Response (DSR) Test.

This letter is required in order...

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Policy paper: Adapting to climate change: 2013 strategy for exercising the adaptation reporting power

Updated: Added list of organisations invited to second round of ARP.

The adaptation reporting power under the Climate Change Act 2008 aims to ensure that climate change risk management is systematically...

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Correspondence: Recovered appeal: Pilrow Farm, land east of M5 and south of A38 Bristol Road, Rooksbridge, Axbridge, Somerset (ref: 2197449, 31 July 2014)

Decision letter and Inspector’s Report on appeal relating to an application for planning permission for 4 wind turbines.

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Correspondence: Recovered appeal: Saxby Wolds, Lincolnshire (ref: 2180725, 31 July 2014)

Decision letter and Inspector’s Report on appeal relating to an application for planning permission for 10 wind turbines.

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Correspondence: Recovered appeal: Fenrother Lane, Northumberland (ref: 2194915, 31 July 2014)

Decision letter and Inspector’s Report on appeal relating to an application for planning permission for 5 wind turbines.

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Statistics: Schedule of updates for HMRC's statistics

Updated: Added schedule of updates for October 2014.

Timetable of overseas trade statistics and regional trade statistics releases are published on the HMRC Trade Statistics site.

In addition...

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Guidance: Individualised Learner Record (ILR): check that data is accurate

Updated: FIS release guide v1.3 31 July 2014 uploaded Friday 01 August 2014.

Funding Information System (FIS)

FIS is one of a number of software packages freely available to further education providers, ...

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Weymouth and Portland named European ISAF Sailing World Cup Venue
London 2012 venue to host World Cup as part of Gold Event Series
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Cambridgeshire company and director in court after scaffold falls into street
A Cambridgeshire company and its director have been prosecuted after an unsecured scaffold collapsed into a street.
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News story: 100 years on: Lest we forget

On Monday 4 August, events across the UK and in Belgium will take place to remember the start of the First World War 100 years ago. MOD will be covering the events on social media so you can stay updated throughout...

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News story: Chevening Scholarship Programme 2015/16 now OPEN

“I am excited to announce the opening of this year’s Chevening Scholarship Programme for academic year 2015/16. Chevening is a key part of our work to deepen further the strong ties between the Kenyan and British...

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News story: Milk production stays within UK’s quota

The RPA has confirmed that there will be no wholesale or direct sales levy for the 2013/14 quota year.

The United Kingdom wholesale milk deliveries totalled 13.7 billion litres – 1.6 billion litres under...

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Press release: CMA seeks views on proposals to improve the residential property management services market

The study, which was launched in March 2014 by the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA’s) predecessor the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), is looking at whether the market is working well for leaseholders and...

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Press release: Eastbourne to receive £2 million from government after pier fire

Up to £2 million to help Eastbourne’s tourism industry recover from the loss of their pier earlier this week, was announced today by the Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer ...

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Press release: Seaside funding success for 10 coastal towns

Ten coastal towns today received new funding for projects that will help create and safeguard nearly 1,400 jobs and help with essential repairs in areas affected by the winter storms.

A lido, Victorian...

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Notice: WR7 4PD: Environmental permit application advertisement

The Environment Agency consult the public on certain applications for waste operations, mining waste operations, installations, water discharge and groundwater activities. The arrangements are explained in their...

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International treaty: Tax Information Exchange Agreement: St Lucia - exchange of information

UK/St Lucia Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) signed 18 January 2010 entered into force 19 May 2011. The attached document is classified by HM Revenue and Customs as a TIEA, which are bilateral agreements...

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Guidance: Vocational qualifications for 14- to 19-year-olds

Updated: Updated the list of tech levels that will be included in the 2016 school and college performance tables.

The third annual list of non-GCSE qualifications that will count in the key stage 4 performance...

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Statistics: Accident and emergency weekly data: week ending 27 July 2014

Official statistics are produced impartially and free from political influence.

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Statistics - national statistics: Public Spending Statistics release: July 2014

Updated: A number of tables have been corrected in this release. Details of the tables affected and the reasons for the corrections are set out in a revisions section on page 7 of the release.

The Public...

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Statistics: Fuel mix disclosure data table

Updated: Latest fuel mix disclosure table published.

The data are for the disclosure period 01/04/2013 to 31/03/2014.

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Statistics: Priority sector statistics: 2014

Official statistics are produced impartially and free from political influence.

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Statistics: VTE risk assessment data collection: May 2014

Official statistics are produced impartially and free from political influence.

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Statistical data set: Commodity prices

Updated: Updated weekly banana prices.

Prices for selected agricultural and horticultural produce are published on a weekly or monthly basis in the following spreadsheets. The data source depends on the...

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Statistics - national statistics: Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2014

Updated: The underlying excel tables were revised on 1 August 2014. See 'Detail' section for more information

Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (PESA) is the yearly publication of information on government...

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Transparency data: Capital funding for open free schools

Updated: Updated 'Capital funding for open free schools' document.

Details of the capital funding each school received will be published when contracts for site acquisition and renovation are finalised, ...

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Transparency data: DWP staff numbers and associated costs: Apr 2014 to Mar 2015

Updated: Published DWP staff numbers and associated costs for June 2014.

The files include information for each period April 2014 to March 2015 for DWP, its agencies and executive Non Departmental Public...

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FOI release: Green or energy-related Community Interest Companies

Information about the number of Community Interest Companies with a green or energy related purpose, and which have the terms ‘green’, ‘sustainable’, ‘energy’ and ‘eco’ in their names.

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Statistics: Prison population figures: 2014

Updated: Prison population figures for 1 August 2014 published.

Latest prison population figures for 2014.

Earlier editions

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Corporate report: Local major schemes: meta evaluation

Evaluation of the local major schemes (LMS) between 2007 and 2012. The main findings are LMS’s:

have been successful in delivering a range of short term objectives, particularly focused on reducing congestion...
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Guidance: School complaints procedure

This departmental advice is for:

local authorities Diocesan boards school leaders school staff governing bodies

It applies to:

all maintained schools all maintained nursery schools <...
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Transparency data: Workforce management information: MOJ

Updated: Human resource management data and statistics for June 2014, revised May 2014 and revised April 2014 published.

Information on the Ministry of Justice, its agencies and executive non-departmental...

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Dance UK’s Mentoring programme to support development of 20 future arts and cultural leaders
Dance UK’s Mentoring programme to support development of 20 future arts and cultural leaders
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Automatic enrolment: First quarterly compliance and enforcement update
The Pensions Regulator has published compliance and enforcement details showing how many times it has needed to make use of its formal powers to ensure employers comply with their automatic enrolment duties.
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News story: Ebola: government response

Updated: Added new paragraph on border security and more information in Government actions section.

An Ebola outbreak was confirmed in Guinea in March 2014 and quickly spread to Liberia.

Ebola ...

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News story: Pitch 10: digital excellence comes to Downing Street

The Pitch 10 event aimed to bring more attention to the UK digital sector and create links between startups and prospective partners.

The event was organised by Joanna Shields, the Prime Minister...

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Press release: Koi herpesvirus disease outbreak confirmed in Gloucestershire

An outbreak of KHV disease has been confirmed at Wickwater Lakes, Wickwater Lane, South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

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

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News story: Yorkshire flag flies in the heart of government

God’s Own County is being celebrated in the heart of Westminster today, as the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, raised the flag of his home county, Yorkshire, outside his department’s headquarters.

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Rail passenger numbers and crowding - on weekdays in major cities in England and Wales: 2013
Annual statistics on rail passenger numbers and crowding on weekdays.
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2011 Census Analysis - Changes in the Older Resident Care Home Population between 2001 and 2011
2011 Census statistics provide a rich source of information about the number, distribution and characteristics of the population in England and Wales. 2011 Census Analysis products present specific analyses on a...
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Destinations of Leavers from UK Higher Education Institutions: Northern Ireland Analysis - 2012/13
These statistical bulletins provide details of the destinations of leavers from Higher Education who obtained qualifications in Northern Ireland (NI) Higher Educations institutions and NI domiciled leavers obtaining...
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Guidance: Review of NHS mergers: CMA29

This guidance is for advisers of organisations providing NHS services, the organisations themselves and other interested parties in their interactions with the CMA in relation to NHS mergers.

The guidance...

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Guidance: Overseas Business Risk - China

This report looks at the intellectual property, organized crime, human rights, bribery and corruption and terrorism risks that UK businesses may face when operating in China.

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Form: Service Request Form

Updated: replace new attachment

Service Request Form for legalisation and notarial services

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Guidance: Vietnam – Prisoner Pack

Updated: replace new attachment

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Notice: WR7 4PD: Environmental permit application advertisement

The Environment Agency consult the public on certain applications for waste operations, mining waste operations, installations, water discharge and groundwater activities. The arrangements are explained in their...

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Correspondence: Letter from Edward Davey about the Electricity Market Reform capacity market auction

Letter from Secretary of State, Edward Davey to National Grid, confirming the volume of capacity to be procured and other auction parameters for the first Electricity Market Reform capacity market Read more. (cached), Summary and Comments (0), Email this. First seen at 09:30, 1 August

Correspondence: Electricity Market Reform: stakeholder bulletins

Stakeholders interested in Electricity Market Reform can be notified of new publications, announcements and upcoming events through our stakeholder bulletins. If you would like to be added to the distribution...

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Policy paper: Capacity Market Rules 2014

The rules provide the detail for implementing the operating framework set out in regulations. This means that the rules focus on the technical and administrative rules and procedures for how the Capacity Market...

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Toolkit offers new ways to be creative with data
Toolkit offers new ways to be creative with data
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News story: Radical reforms to electricity market pass into law

Today the government’s reforms to stimulate low carbon energy investment and reduce bills have passed into law. The Secretary of State has confirmed that:

The government’s delivery partners for the reformed...
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Rail passenger numbers and crowding - on weekdays in major cities in England and Wales: 2013
Annual statistics on rail passenger numbers and crowding on weekdays.
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2011 Census Analysis - Changes in the Older Resident Care Home Population between 2001 and 2011
2011 Census statistics provide a rich source of information about the number, distribution and characteristics of the population in England and Wales. 2011 Census Analysis products present specific analyses on a...
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Policy paper: Immigration Rules appendix N: authorised exchange schemes

Updated: Updated guidance, 01/08/2014.

This table lists the government approved exchange schemes for Tier 5 migrants, covering work experience, research and training schemes, and overseas government sponsored...

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Guidance: Guidance on application for UK visa as Tier 2 worker

Updated: Updated guidance, 01/08/2014.

This guidance will help you apply for a Tier 2 skilled worker visa or extend your stay in the UK.

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Policy paper: Immigration rules appendix O: approved English language tests

Updated: Updated guidance.

This contains lists of English language tests approved by the Home Office for English language requirements under the Immigration Rules. Details of examining boards, levels ...

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Guidance: Guidance on policy for UK visas under Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)

Updated: Updated guidance, 01/08/2014.

Use this guidance if you are applying for an initial visa or a visa extension under Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) and you want to understand the details of the policy...

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Guidance: Guidance on application for UK visa as Tier 1 (General)

Updated: A new version of this guidance has been published for use on or after 1 August 2014.

This guidance will help you apply for a Tier 1 (General) visa or extend your stay in the UK.

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Guidance: Guidance on application for UK visa as Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)

Updated: A new version of this guidance has been published for use on or after 1 August 2014.

This guidance will help you apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa or extend your stay in the UK.

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Guidance: Guidance on application for UK visa as Tier 4 student

Updated: A new version of this guidance has been published for use on or after 1 August 2014.

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Guidance: Guidance on applications under Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)

Updated: A new version of this guidance has been published for use on or after 1 August 2014.

Use this guidance if you are applying for a visa or to extend your stay in the UK under Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur...

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Guidance: Accredited personal licence qualification providers

Updated: Latest edition of list published.

The Home Secretary has accredited the following personal licence qualifications under the Licensing Act 2003, commencing on 1 April 2011.

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Press release: Foreign Secretary welcomes Gaza ceasefire

He said:

I welcome the news of an agreement of a ceasefire to halt the violence we have seen. This is an achievement we have all been working tirelessly for, with visits around the region and talks...

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31 July

Glasgow 2014: Day Eight round-up
A round-up of Day Eight at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
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Guidance: Supporting NHS providers considering transactions and mergers

Monitor will ensure any changes to local NHS healthcare services are in the best interest of patients, and that there are plans in place to make sure the benefits to patients are realised in practice.

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Guidance: Cameroon Business Guides

Updated: Doing Business in Cameroon Guides updated

Cameroon is situated on the West coast of Africa. It is a country that is becoming increasingly urbanized. Cameroon is the largest and most diversified...

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Guidance: Brazil – Consular Fees

Updated: Attachmend / Table Fee Updated.

A full list of Consular fees

Brazil Consular Fees - 08/2014

PDF, 225KB, 2 pages

This...
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Press release: FCO Minister calls for unfettered aid access in Syria

Reacting to the latest UN report and briefing by Baroness Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, on the humanitarian situation in Syria, Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood...

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Guidance: Review of NHS mergers: CMA29

This guidance is for advisers of organisations providing NHS services, the organisations themselves and other interested parties in their interactions with the CMA in relation to NHS mergers.

The guidance...

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Guidance: Supporting NHS providers considering transactions and mergers

Monitor will ensure any changes to local NHS healthcare services are in the best interest of patients, and that there are plans in place to make sure the benefits to patients are realised in practice.

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Guidance: Competent person schemes: conditions of authorisation

Updated: Added conditions of authorisation for air tightness testing schemes.

This document sets out the notes on how a competent person self-certification schemes operator can demonstrate meeting the conditions...

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Policy paper: Consultative group on security and intelligence records

Updated: Added meeting minutes for 20 October 2011 meeting.

The Cabinet Office, with the agreement of the Permanent Secretary, Intelligence, Security and Resilience, has established an interdepartmental...

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Corporate report: NHS Trust Development Authority: annual report and accounts 2013 to 2014

NHS Trust Development Authority annual report and accounts for financial year 2013 to 2014.

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Guidance: E to G signed pledges: armed forces corporate covenant

Updated: Added Erudition Schools Trust

About the corporate covenant

The corporate covenant is a voluntary pledge made by organisations who wish to demonstrate their concrete support for the armed forces...

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Guidance: Triennial reviews: guidance and schedule

Updated: Schedule updated.

All non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) undergo a substantive review at least once every 3 years. These triennial reviews aim to:

challenge the continuing need for individual...
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Guidance: Tuberculosis test for a UK visa: clinics in Cameroon

Updated: Tuberculosis Testing Clinic in Cameroon changed. Name and contacts of new TB testing clinic added.

Use this document to find out where you must be tested for tuberculosis (TB) if you want to come...

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Transparency data: Workforce management information: MOD

Updated: Added June 2014 data.

Details of the workforce management data for MOD. These figures are not official statistics. They are internal workforce management information published in the interests ...

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Guidance: Overseas Business Risk – Sierra Leone

Updated: update for July

This report looks at the intellectual property, organized crime, human rights, bribery and corruption and terrorism risks that UK businesses may face when operating in Sierra Leone...

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Guidance: Overseas Business Risk - Serbia

Updated: July update

This report looks at the intellectual property, organized crime, human rights, bribery and corruption and terrorism risks that UK businesses may face when operating in Serbia.

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Guidance: Overseas Business Risk - Colombia

Updated: Change for July 2014

This report looks at the intellectual property, organized crime, human rights, bribery and corruption and terrorism risks that UK businesses may face when operating in Colombia...

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Transparency data: FCO’s transferred material to The National Archives

Recent transfers from the FCO to The National Archives of formerly retained information.

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Response to report on HEFCE’s role in learning and teaching enhancement
This report, which was commissioned by the HEA at HEFCE’s request, reflects our commitment to independent review and evaluation of our work.
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News story: Head of the army makes final Afghanistan visit

General Wall met personnel from all three services and supporting civilians during a visit in Helmand Province and Kabul. The visit to Afghanistan was General Wall’s last as Chief of the General Staff. Read more. (cached), Summary and Comments (0), Email this. First seen at 18:30, 31 July

Press release: Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) recruitment

Updated: Recruiting for the position of DPTAC Chair.

Established in 1985, the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) is an independent advisory group offering advice and challenge to the ...

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Press release: CMA and Monitor publish guidance on the competition review of NHS mergers

The guide will help merging providers navigate the review process. It covers the respective roles of the CMA and Monitor, whether and when to notify them about a merger, the stages of review, how the merger...

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Press release: Limited lane closures at A38 Markeaton next week

The A38 in both directions will be limited to two lanes on the immediate approaches to the Markeaton junction. The A52 eastbound and westbound approaches will also be limited to two lanes on the approach. The...

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News story: Pitch 10: digital excellence comes to Downing Street

The Pitch 10 event aimed to bring more attention to the UK digital sector and create links between startups and prospective partners.

The event was organised by Joanna Shields, the Prime Minister...

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News story: Points of Light: July 2014 winners

Updated: Added winner 76

The following people were given a Points of Light award in July 2014 (the numbering continues from June’s winners):

54. Christine Howard (Surrey)

Christine wins the...

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Russian sanctions

When asked about sanctions against Russia, the PMS said the UK is playing a major role in the discussions in Brussels, and has been one of the countries pushing for a strong response to Russia?s actions in Ukraine...

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Transparency data: HM Treasury senior officials travel expenses: January to March 2014

This report shows international travel and accommodation used by Cabinet Office senior officials at Senior Civil Service 2 (SCS2) (or equivalent) and above. The report includes bookings made through departments...

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Notice: TN31 7TE: Environmental permit application advertisement

The Environment Agency consult the public on certain applications for waste operations, mining waste operations, installations, water discharge and groundwater activities. The arrangements are explained in their...

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Notice: BS20 0NF: Environmental permit issued

The Environment Agency publish permits that they issue under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).

This decision includes the variation and consolidation notice and decision document for:

Operator...
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Notice: DN22 0RJ: Environmental permit issued

The Environment Agency publish permits that they issue under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).

This decision includes the permit and decision document for:

Operator name: W Potter and Sons...
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Correspondence: Border Force bulletin: issue 17, July 2014

Latest edition of Border Force bulletin includes operational updates, a news round-up and details of border technology and transformation, detections and seizures and partnership working.

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Transparency data: Scotland Office spend over £500 on Government Procurement Cards

Details of Government Procurement Card spend over &pound;500: May 2014.

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Corporate report: The Electoral Office for Northern Ireland - The Returning Officers' Expenses

The Returning Officers’ Expenses, Statement of Accounts for 2013-14 presented to Parliament by HM Treasury on Tuesday 22 July.

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Decision: Kingston upon Thames community junior schools

Decision reference: ADA2718

Type of decision: objection to admission arrangements – not upheld

School type: community

School phase: junior

Local authority: Royal Borough of Kingston...

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