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Companies Act 2006 Objecting to a Registered Office Address – Consultation

  • Start date: 25 November 2009
  • Closing date: 19 January 2010

This consultation seeks your views on whether and how we should change the law to reduce the risk of companies incorrectly using the addresses of other businesses or private individuals as their registered office address and sets out a process for third parties to challenge the information on the register.

Notices of Auditors Leaving Office – Consultation on Simplification for Companies and Auditors

  • Start date: 25 November 2009
  • Closing date: 20 January 2010

This Consultation invites comments on the options for simplifying the arrangements for the provision of information to shareholders, creditors, the audit and accounting authorities and Companies House when auditors leave office.

Companies Act 2006 Statements of Capital – Consultation on Financial Information Required

  • Start date: 23 November 2009
  • Closing date: 11 January 2010

This consultation sets out proposals for amending the requirements that balance the interest of third parties in obtaining information with the cost to the company of supplying it.

Consultation on a proposed amendment to Schedule 1 and 3 to the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988

  • Start date: 12 November 2009
  • Closing date: 23 December 2009

The Government is consulting on the case for amending the specification in the Regulations to allow for available test cover fabrics to be used, while continuing to fully maintain the high levels of fire safety required by the Regulations.

UK Consultation on the terms of reference for an update of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

  • Start date: 27 October 2009
  • Closing date: 25 January 2010

The main aims of the consultation process in the UK is to collect the views of UK stakeholders on the priority areas for an update of the OECD Guidelines for multinational enterprises based on (but not limited to) the potential terms of reference listed in this document. This should assist the UK Government in identifying options for possible technical or more substantive updates of the text of the OECD Guidelines and Commentaries leading to the UK Government developing a position on the update of the Guidelines.

A Better Deal for Consumers: Review of the Regulation of Credit and Store Cards

  • Start date: 27 October 2009
  • Closing date: 19 January 2010

We want to secure a better deal for consumers, giving them improved control of credit and store card borrowing, whilst ensuring that any intervention is proportionate, transparent and targeted.

Raising the maximum penalty for persistent misuse of an electronic communications network or service to tackle the problem of silent and abandoned calls to consumers

  • Start date: 26 October 2009
  • Closing date: 25 January 2010

This consultation seeks views on whether the maximum penalty should be increased, and if so whether the new maximum should be £250,000, £500,000, £1 million or £2 million.

Consultation on the proposed changes to permit the sharing of information between the bodies responsible for enforcing workplace rights

  • Start date: 09 October 2009
  • Closing date: 17 December 2009

This consultation seeks views on proposals for a Legislative Reform Order (LRO) to put in place a limited number of information-sharing gateways between the bodies responsible for enforcing workplace rights.

Overhead deployment of telecommunications cables – A consultation on whether it is appropriate to amend the Electronics Communications Code

  • Start date: 04 September 2009
  • Closing date: 27 November 2009

This consultation considers whether it would be appropriate to relax restrictions on overhead deployment of communications cables in order to encourage faster and wider rollout of next generation super fast broadband in areas that might not otherwise be covered by these services.

Consultation on implementation of the EU Directive on the placing on the market of pyrotechnic articles

  • Start date: 04 August 2009
  • Closing date: 27 October 2009

BIS is seeking views on the implementation of the Directive on the placing on the market of pyrotechnic article – Directive 2007/23/EC – which is referred to in this consultation document as the “Pyrotechnics Directive”.

Funding and management of UK civil space activities

  • Start date: 22 July 2009
  • Closing date: 14 October 2009

Background to consultation
The UK’s civil space strategy supports the Government’s aims of achieving excellence in science, supporting industry in key areas of wealth creation and encouraging innovation. The UK’s objectives in civil space are set out in the strategy published on the BNSC website in February 2008. The 2008-11 spending plans to support the space [...]

Government Response to ‘Offshore Electricity Transmission – A further joint Ofgem/DECC Regulatory Policy Update’ (Final Consultation Document)

  • Start date: 23 March 2009
  • Closing date: 06 May 2009

On 23 March 2009, Government published a response to the consultation: ‘Offshore Electricity Transmission – A further joint Ofgem/DECC Regulatory Policy Update’ (Final Consultation document).

This document sets out our joint policy proposals and timetable for implementation of the new offshore transmission regime. This consultation also sets out the final proposed changes to the various codes and licence conditions to implement the proposals.

European Commission proposals to recast the EC Directives on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS)

  • Start date: 07 April 2009
  • Closing date: 13 May 2009

This consultation paper invites views on the European Commission’s proposals to amend both the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) Directives.

European Commission proposals to amend the Pregnant Workers Directive

  • Start date: 24 March 2009
  • Closing date: 22 June 2009

BIS is seeking views on the European Commission’s proposal to amend the Pregnant Workers Directive (92/85/EEC).