Science and technology

Links to the latest government, parliament and local government consultations relating to science and technology.

Legislation to counter state threats

UK government consultation | Home Office

This consultation sets out the government’s proposals and seeks input to inform the final policy and legislative proposals. At their core the legislative proposals in the consultation seek to: modernise existing counter espionage laws to reflect the modern threat and modern legislative standards; create new offences, tools and powers to detect, deter and disrupt hostile activity in and targeted at the UK; and improve our ability to protect official data and ensure the associated offences reflect the greater ease at which significant harm can be done. The consultation also considers whether there is the case for new tools and powers to criminalise other harmful activity conducted by, and on behalf of states.

Deadline:

23:45 BST, 22 July 2021

Plastic waste

UK Parliament inquiry | Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, House of Commons

Despite growing awareness of the effects of plastic pollution, a large proportion of plastic waste is still not recycled, and the UK currently exports large quantities of plastic packaging overseas, where it may end up being managed unsustainably. The UK Government has set a target of eliminating all 'avoidable' plastic waste by 2042, with a shorter-term ambition to “work towards” only recyclable, reusable or compostable plastic packaging being placed on the market by 2025. Measures they have announced include a plastic packaging tax, a deposit return scheme, and banning some single-use plastics, like straws. This inquiry scrutinises the level of the Government’s ambition, whether current measures on plastic waste go far enough, and how alternatives to plastic consumption can be identified and supported.

Deadline:

9 September 2021

National Resilience Strategy: Call for Evidence

UK government consultation | Cabinet Office

This Call for Evidence seeks public views to inform the development of a new National Resilience Strategy that will outline an ambitious new vision for our national resilience. It seeks to understand current perceptions of risk and resilience, gather evidence on where improvements could be made, and gauge the UK’s appetite for change. Views are welcome from anyone with an interest in the subject.

Deadline:

23:59 BST, 27 September 2021

Health and Safety Executive’s approach to asbestos management

UK Parliament inquiry | Work and Pensions Committee, House of Commons

This inquiry is looking at how the Health and Safety Executive manages the continued presence of asbestos in buildings. It will ask about the current risks posed by asbestos in the workplace, the groups of people who are most affected, and how well the current laws and regulations for the management of asbestos are working.

Deadline:

17 September 2021

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