Foreign aid is protected under coalition spending plans
Ring-fencing health and aid ‘unsustainable’

By staff The government’s plans to protect health and aid budgets have been attacked as unjustified by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). The business body fears the move will damage the economic recovery by causing more drastic cuts to capital investment in other areas. Its Budget submission points out that in Canada, where… 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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International condemnatio of Israel's blockade increased after the attack
Trimble on Gaza flotilla inquiry

By staff Israel had rejected UN demands for an independent international inquiry into its attack on an aid flotilla, but appointed two foreign observers to its domestic committee. Former Northern Ireland first minister David Trimble and Canadian judge Ken Watkin will oversee the Israeli investigation, although they have no voting rights. It will be… Read more »