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New firearms licensing database can “significantly improve the service”, says BASC

The announcement that the Home Office has begun tendering for a system to replace England and Wales’ firearms licensing database has been received enthusiastically by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). First reported in The Register, the pre-procurement notice will start the process of replacing the National Firearms Licence… Read more »

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House of Lords votes for at-home abortion provision

During last night’s late night sitting in the House of Lords, running beyond 2am, peers voted to allow women to continue to access abortion services at home. Prior to Covid, women were required to attend a clinic in person to access abortion pills. But since then, they have been able to receive the pills by post. The… Read more »

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Hoon follows Darling with expenses repayment

By Alex Stevenson Transport minister Geoff Hoon became the latest member of the Cabinet to repay allowances today. Mr Hoon “accidentally” overpaid £384 after making a similar error to chancellor Alistair Darling, who agreed to repay around £700 yesterday. He claimed for his TV licence, home insurance and a gas maintenance bill at his Derbyshire… Read more »

Alistair Darling concedes service charge repayment
Darling to repay allowances

By staff Alistair Darling is to repay costs he charged to taxpayers on his London flat despite having moved to No 11. The Telegraph’s newspaper’s latest revelation is that the chancellor claimed for a £1,004 service charge claim for the flat he had been living in. Ten days previously, in June 2007, he had… Read more »