Whitehall briefing w/b 11/03/2013

Friday 15th March 2013

1437 – HoC – Banking Standards Commission publishes report on proprietary trading.

1224 – DoH – A Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England’ sets out the government’s ambitions for improving sexual health.

1043 –  DfT – High court rejects legal challenges to HS2 in landmark victory for the government.

0930 – BIS – Vince Cable opens science exhibition at Excel in front of a crowd of school pupils. 

Thursday 14th March 2013

1304 – DECC – The Official Report of DECC questions is now available

1244 – FCO – Foreign Secretary welcomes Russian Foreign and Defence ministers to London: read William Hague’s comments following UK and Russia Foreign and Defence Ministerial talks yesterday. 

1155 – DfT – Light dues to be frozen at current levels for 2013 to 2014: the three General Lighthouse Authorities for the United Kingdom and Ireland ensure the navigability of the seas around our islands, preserving the lives of mariners and the integrity of our marine environment.

1153 – FCO – William Hague updated Parliament on G8 Foreign Minister meeting objectives on sexualviolence, Somalia, Burma, and more. 

11.53 – DECC – Edward Davey’s statement on first Green Deal statistics publication. 

1148 – DCMS – As the Government Art Collection moves to Belfast tomorrow, here’s a flavour of what Northern Ireland should expect to see.

Wednesday 13th March 2013

16:15 – Home Office – new marking technology developed to deter metal thieves receives the Home Office seal of approval

12:30 – Foreign Office – Foreign secretary William Hague & Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond meet Russian counterparts to discuss strengthening UK-Russian ties.

12:30 – DCLG ‏- communities secretary Eric Pickles calls for an end to unnecessary town hall translations

12:00 – PMQs

11:05 – DfiD ‏- Richard Keys appointed as a non-executive board member and Chair of the Audit Committee at DfiD.

08:30 – EU – Ken Clarke comments on the European Commission's draft mandate for EU-US FTA: "This is a huge step forward on a huge deal for the US, the EU and the UK

07:30 – Scotland Office ‏- industry body Oil & Gas UK says Government changes to incentivise North Sea investment are "bearing fruit"

Tuesday 12th March

1754 – DFID – Justine Greening receives world peace tartan at UK Pakistan Minority-Majority event

1735 – DCMS – After the huge success of the inaugural festival in December, Sports Fest is back. If you're disabled, want to have fun and try something new then Paralympics GB Sports Fest could be just the thing for you.

1729 – FCO – Royal Marines from the West Country recently crossed the Channel to take part in an exercise with their French colleagues.

1725 – FCO – ?GCHQ's Director General of Government and Industry Cyber Security, Jonathan Hoyle, explains what the threats are to government and industry from cyberspace and how GCHQ is working with others to combat these threats, in the Defence Management Journal Spring 2013 edition. 

1710 – At UKTI’s Energy Showcase event in Rio today, Michael Moore promoted the excellence Scotland has to offer Brazil in the oil and gas sector.

0857 – FC0 – Alistair Burt's second day in Bahrain is spent representing UK business to the Interior Minister with his new police ombudsman.

0843 – PM – David Cameron: "Falkland Islanders couldn't have spoken more clearly. They want to remain British and that view should be respected by everybody."

0807 – FCO – William Hague: "The people of the Falkland Islands have spoken. They wish to remain British." 

0748 – DoH – Find out about the care provided to people between April and Dec 2012, and the impact of dementia in our Care Update report

Monday 11th March

1452 – FCO – Alistair Burt: EU agrees new sanctions for Iranian human rights violators. UK and partners continue to hold Iran to account. 

1452 – FCO – Statement by Foreign Secretary William Hague on Falklands vote to remain British Overseas Territory. 

1132 – DFID – Full text of Justine Greening's speech on economic growth and role of business in international development. 

1131 – FCO – Video: Foreign Secretary William Hague spoke to media on his way into Foreign Affairs Council today, about Syria and Nigeria. 

1118 – FCO – For first time in 64 year history the Commonwealth will have a formal Charter setting out core values: democracy; human rights; peace and security; tolerance, respect and understanding; freedom of expression; separation of powers; rule of law; good governance; sustainable development; environmental protection; access to health, education, food and shelter; gender equality; and the importance of young people and civil society.

1104 – BIS – David Willetts launches multi-million pound package of support for innovative businesses at Innovate UK. 

1059 – BIS – David Willetts will be on The Daily Politics Show at midday today discussing apprenticeships for National Apprenticeships Week

1036 – HMRC – The treasury launched ad campaign for biggest overhaul of PAYE system in almost 70 years today. 

0831 – BIS – The 6th annual National Apprenticeships Week has begun. Celebrate apprentices and follow all the events with the hashtag #NAW2013 on Twitter.