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BASC respond to the England Deer Strategy

Following the publication of the England Deer Management Strategy, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) head of deer management Martin Edwards said: “The government’s commitment to tackling the growing deer population in the UK is commendable. However, it will only succeed if it has the support of every deer manager, the majority of… Read more »

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Northern Ireland Police Service declares Firearms and Explosives Branch “critical incident”

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has declared a “critical incident” due to protracted backlogs of applications within its firearms licensing department.  A critical incident is defined as “Any incident where the effectiveness of the police response is likely to have a significant impact on the confidence of the victim, their family or the community”. The… Read more »

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Health minister Lord Warner clarifies true cost of NHS IT programme
NHS computer system ‘to cost £20bn’

The government’s new IT system for the NHS is two years behind schedule and could cost up to £20 billion, Lord Warner has admitted. The health minister said that although the contracts to provide the new programme were to budget, about £6.2 billion, the cost of staff training, buying computer equipment on the ground and… Read more »