Estate agents come under OFT scrutiny

Estate agency services and credit markets are among the areas identified for examination by the Office for Fair Trading in the next couple of years. Healthcare markets, interaction between government and markets, and mass-marketed scams will also be looked at by the regulator in the next year as it bids to improve the lot of… Read more »

Answer NRW’s call for evidence on wild bird licensing says BASC
Improvements to livestock worrying legislation welcome news for gamekeepers, says BASC

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has welcomed the announcement that enclosed gamebirds are to be included within enhanced livestock worrying legislation in England and Wales. Listing enclosed gamebirds and increasing police powers for dealing with incidents of livestock worrying are just two parts of a wider Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill introduced… Read more »

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Howard accuses Blair of running down armed forces

Conservative leader Michael Howard today accused the Government of placing the armed forces under unsustainable pressure by asking them to carry out more work without increased funding. He also claimed Prime Minister Tony Blair did not understand the culture of the armed forces and accused him of “shocking” insensitivity over his plans to amalgamate army… Read more »