Whitehall briefing w/b 08/04/2013

Thursday 11th April 2013

1150 - NIO - Theresa Villiers issues a statement in response to suggestions the government was going to withhold economic aid from Northern Ireland.

1135 - CO - New opportunity for SMEs involved in the aviation to sector to have their say on cutting red tape.

1000 - FCO - G8 foreign ministers are in London today for talks on sexual violence in conflict. The Middle East, North Korea, North West Africa and climate change will also be discussed.

0954 - DECC - Green deal stats show that 9,000 assessments have been carried out in the last two months.

0952 - DFT - new statistics on vehicle licensing and journey reliability have been published.

0840 - Ofwat - The regulator's new business planning consultation has been launched. It is open for responses until May 23rd.


Wednesday 10th April 2013

1414 - PM - Live: David Cameron and the House of Commons pay tribute to Lady Thatcher.

1404 - MoD - Details of the Armed Forces' involvement in the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990, available here.

1349 - BiS - £300 million boost for SME lending: Small and medium sized businesses struggling to access finance receive a boost as the first phase of the new business bank is launched. 

1129 - DFiD - UK aid to help Palestinian businesses break in to new regional and international markets, in a drive to boost economic growth.

1034 - DWP - Over a quarter of a million separated parents in Britain are set to benefit from £6.5m of pioneering and innovative support to help them to work together for the sake of their children, the Government said today.

0914 - FCO - Leaders around the world pay tribute to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The Foreign Office has Storified them

Tuesday 9th April 2013

1737 - FCO - Video: Minister Alistair Burt talks about how the UK's G8 Presidency and the Deauville Partnership can help to support open economies and inclusive growth in Arab countries.   

1723 - MoD - Admiral Sir George Zambellas has today superseded Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope as the First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff.

Monday 8th April 2013

1535 - HMRC - George Osborne on the death of Lady Thatcher: "Sad news. Margaret Thatcher's belief in freedom & optimism about the future overcame all. Her determination is our generation's inspiration." 

1451 - HoC - Watch Margaret Thatcher's last PMQs from 1990. 

1406 - PM - David Cameron on the death of Lady Thatcher: "She didn't just lead our country; she saved our country."

1255 - Home Office - Cannabis seized at Port of Harwich: Border Force officers seize cannabis worth more than £1.7m at Port of Harwich.

1243 - PM - David Cameron will travel to Madrid, Paris and Berlin this week to push for EU reform to make it more open, competitive and flexible.

1239 - BIS - Two major Devon employers now have access to grants worth more than £7 million thanks to the government’s Regional Growth Fund.

1217 - DWP - David Freud writes in the Daily Express on new powers being piloted from today to fight benefit fraud. 

1216 - Defra - £8.7 million to fund key environmental projects around the world.

1212 - DWP - Esther McVey: DLA is an outdated benefit introduced over twenty years ago and needs reform to better reflect today's understanding of disability.

1205 - DFiD - The UK will provide food relief for 330,000 children and refugees facing the threat of hunger.



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