11th January 2008
Nuclear Energy Go For Launch
Gordon Brown has explained plans for UK nuclear power development to secure Britain's energy supplies and maintain affordability, as Energy Secratary John Hutton launched the White Paper on Nuclear Energy and the Energy Bill was introduced into Parliament including plans for offshore gas infrastructure, renewables, carbon capture and storage
10th January 2008
Slovenian EU Presidency Priorities
For details of the Slovenian EU Presidency which runs for the first six months of 2008 visit www.eu2008.si or download the Priorities document below: "SI.nergy for Europe".
10th January 2008
'Think Family' Approach to Protect Most Disadvantaged Families
The 'Think Family' report has been launched by social exclusion Minister Ed Miliband and Beverley Hughes. Published by the Cabinet Office Social Exclusion Task Force, the report aims to improve the life chances of the most disadvantaged families through a new approach to local services. The Department for Children, Schools and Families will oversee the £16m programme of local pilots.
8th January 2008
MMC Report into Doctor Training Published
Professor Sir John Tooke's Independent Inquiry Report into Modernising Medical Careers recommends that the training of junior doctors be taken out of the hands of the Department of Health.
8th January 2008
The Times/Populus Poll: Cameron overtakes Brown on PM Qualities
A Populus poll for The Times newspaper reveals Gordon Brown being overtaken by Conservative leader, David Cameron, ahead by 44% to 40% on the issue of the leadership qualities required for the position of Prime Minister.
7th January 2008
7 Jan is Holiday Booking Day
ABTA, the Association of British Travel Agents, estimates that 500,000 people will book a summer holiday on 7 January 2008. The first full week back to work after the Christmas holiday is when British people find escape from office reality through booking their holiday.
6th January 2008
Brown Outlines 2008 Government Key Challenges
In an interview with the Observer newspaper, Gordon Brown explained how the Government intends to tackle key challenges including energy, security, housing and the economy.
4th January 2008
Globally Cooler 2008 Climate Forecast
The Met Office and University of East Anglia scientists have published their annual forecast of global surface temperature for the coming year, predicting that whilst 2008 should be globally cooler than recent years, it will still be one of the warmest years experienced. Professor Phil Jones, Director of the Uiniversity's Climatic Research Unit, said: "The fact that 2008 is forecast to be cooler than any of the last seven years...does not mean that global warming has gone away. What matters is the underlying rate of warming".
3rd January 2008
Commons Justice Report on Private Data Protection
The House of Commons Justice Committee has published its Report on the Protection of Private Data, which follows the HMRC's loss of 2 CDs containing the details of child benefit claimants in Novermber 2007. The Committee is "gravely concerned that this incident is not an isolated example".
2nd January 2008
UK Betters EU Electrical Equipment Recycling Targets
BERR has announced that the UK is making good progress over the recycling of old electrical equipment through the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. The latest figures indicate that the average person recycles 7kg of electrical goods a year, which is significantly above the EU target of 4kg by 2008.