Arlene Foster – Profile

Overview Born Arlene Kelly in Enniskillen in 1970, Arlene Foster grew up on a farm in County Fermanagh, close to the Irish border. In her youth, Foster experienced two separate IRA attacks. This first-hand involvement in the ‘Irish Troubles’ has seen many speculate that the attacks were the motivating force in her political career, and...

Ashworth, Jonathan

Jonathan Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South

Assembly (Wales)

The Assembly is a bilingual body. It operates in English and Welsh and is overseen by a Presiding Officer – the chair – who is elected at the first plenary meeting after an election. An official record of proceedings in plenary sessions is maintained in both languages. It is normally published 24 hours after the...

Austin Mitchell

Austin Mitchell, Labour MP for Great Grimsby

Aviation expansion

The aviation industry experienced massive growth in the 1980s and 1990s. The UK was one of the principal beneficiaries of this growth, and today, it has an aviation sector that is second only to that of the USA.

Aviation Noise

Aviation noise is unwanted sound generated by aircraft, and it is a serious and growing problem in the UK. As airports expand and air services increase, more and more homes are exposed for large parts of the day to a persistent background noise from aircraft.

Bacon, Richard

Richard Bacon, Conservative MP for South Norfolk

Baker, Steve

Steve Baker, Conservative MP for Wycombe

Baldwin, Harriett

Harriett Baldwin, Conservative MP for West Worcestershire

Barclay, Stephen

Stephen Barclay, Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire

Bardell, Hannah

Hannah Bardell, SNP MP for Livingston

Baron, John

John Baron, Conservative MP for Basildon and Billericay

Battery hens and broiler chickens

Battery hens and broiler chickens are the terms used to describe poultry raised in "industrial" highly intensive farming environments, for egg production and meat production, respectively.


The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is an independent, publicly-funded television and radio broadcasting organisation, with extensive interests in programme production, news gathering and commercial publishing.

Beckett, Margaret

Margaret Beckett, Labour MP for Derby South


What is begging? Begging is the solicitation of money or food, especially in the street. There is a close relationship between begging and homelessness and homeless charity Crisis estimates that over 80 per cent of beggars are homeless. People who beg are among the most vulnerable in society, often trapped in poverty and deprivation, and...

Ben Howlett

Ben Howlett, Conservative MP for Bath

Ben Wallace

Ben Wallace, Conservative MP for Wyre and Preston North

Benedict Gummer

Benedict Gummer, Conservative MP for Ipswich