24/01/2008Pubs will be able to open for an unbroken 36-hour period on New Year's Eve on a permanent basis starting from this year, if Parliament gives final approval today to Government proposals to relax licensing hours, Minister for Licensing Kim Howells has announced.
19/12/2002Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell today backed a new code of practice for providers of Video-on-Demand (VoD) – the system that allows customers to watch films, music videos and programmes whenever they want to.
18/12/2002Twenty items valued at £2.7 million, including Lewis Carroll's prints and glass negatives of Alice Liddell, a 17th century masterpiece by Barocci, and a pair of carved stone sphinxes, were kept in the country following export deferral during 2001-02. All will now become available for the public to enjoy, some for the first time.
17/12/2002Minister of State for the Arts, Tessa Blackstone, has placed a temporary bar on the export of a portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds of Omai (c. 1775-6). This will provide a last chance to raise the money to keep the portrait in the United Kingdom.
10/12/2002Two km bored tunnel will remove A303 from World Heritage site.
05/12/2002Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell today announced tough new conditions, which will be attached to the approvals for BBC News 24, requiring the BBC to ensure that it is distinct from commercial channels.
04/12/2002Pubs will be able to open for an unbroken 36-hour period on New Year's Eve this year and for all future New Year's Eves if Parliament approves Government proposals to relax licensing hours, Minister for Licensing Kim Howells announced today.
04/12/2002Culture Minister Kim Howells today invited the general public to join forces with the Government and the music industry to combat the problem of piracy - which is most acute during the run up to Christmas.
04/12/2002Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell today presented an honorary KBE to author William Trevor. Mr Trevor received the award in recognition of his services to literature.
02/12/2002Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell is to present an honorary KBE to author William Trevor in recognition of his services to literature.