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Welsh conservation efforts set back by NRW red tape

BASC has described a decision by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to restrict the ability of conservationists and wildlife managers to control magpies, jays and jackdaws as a retrograde blow for conservation. From July 1, those who wish to control magpies, jays and jackdaws to protect species of conservation concern must now apply for a specific… Read more »

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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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The 2012 Games have already been subject to a budget increase
Olympic funding plans slammed by MPs

The government has again been criticised for its “entirely unrealistic” initial assessment of the estimated cost of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Commons’ public accounts committee is critical of financial planning for the Games after the government increased its estimate of their cost from just over £4 billion at the time of the bid… Read more »

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Commons criticised over financial scrutiny
MPs ‘shirking’ financial scrutiny

Parliament is shirking its fundamental task of holding the government to account on its spending, a committee of senior MPs has said. The Commons’ liaison committee, made up of select committee chairmen, says MPs have the power to scrutinise financial matters but are not doing so with the detail required. Partly to blame is the… Read more »