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  • Maritime And Coastguard Agency

    Four people were rescued from the Solent this afternoon as Solent Coastguard co-ordinated the rescue of two swimmers in Littlehampton and two people from a holed yacht near Southsea.

    06 July 2009 18:53

  • Cabinet Office

    The head of the Secretariat for Sir John Chilcot’s committee of inquiry into Iraq has been named today.

    06 July 2009 18:04

  • Department For International Development

    A new poverty action plan to help the world’s poorest people cope with the economic crisis was announced today by International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander. 

    06 July 2009 16:05

  • Cabinet Office

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    Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell will be joined by Dragons' Den star Peter Jones and the former Olympic Triple Jump champion Jonathan Edwards at Civil Service Live 2009.

    This is an opportunity for frontline staff and managers to drive innovation by coming up with imaginative solutions that will help Britain improve public service both now and in the future.

    06 July 2009 15:00

  • Department of Health

    New centre in Colchester will see patients 8am-10pm, seven days a week

    06 July 2009 11:19

  • Communities and Local Government

    The Government’s Planning Portal is aiming to forge greater links with the English local planning authorities (LPAs) by providing them with the tools that will see them save time, money and effort when dealing with daily planning enquiries.

    06 July 2009 09:30

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    The Serious Fraud Office has today been asked to consider whether there should be a criminal investigation following completion of an inquiry into the collapse of the MG Rover Group owing creditors nearly £1.3 billion.

    06 July 2009 08:54

  • Ministry of Justice - Judicial Appointments

    The Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Jack Straw MP, has appointed Alison Grace Clark to be a Salaried Judge of the First-tier Tribunal of the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber, to exercise the mental health jurisdiction within that Chamber in the Northern Region, with effect from 21 September 2009.

    06 July 2009 00:01

  • Maritime And Coastguard Agency

    Coastguards are asking people to call them if they are launching Chinese lanterns along the coast at dusk following a spate of false alarms that has led to teams being sent out unnecessarily.

    05 July 2009 09:46

  • Ministry of Justice - Judicial Appointments

    His Honour Judge Charles Tilling retires as a Senior Circuit Judge on 5 July 2009.

    05 July 2009 00:01

  • Central Office of Information

    The Department of Health (DH) and Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) are seeking two agencies to manage the creative and communications planning activity for new campaigns to help reduce teenage pregnancy; improve sexual health in young people; and raise awareness of the range of contraceptive choices available.

    03 July 2009 16:25

  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission

    On Monday 6 July 2009, at 11am at Comely Bank Cemetery in Edinburgh, former machine gunner Alf Tubb will unveil a headstone in memory of Reginald Earnshaw, his friend and former shipmate who was one of the youngest service casualties of the Second World War.   Records show Reginald Earnshaw was aged “about 15” when he died aboard the SS North Devon, but it’s believed he may have lied about his age in order to serve his country, perhaps being as young as just 14. 

    03 July 2009 13:25

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    The Government today begins a consultation on how employment tribunals can pass on details about whistleblowing cases to appropriate regulators.

    03 July 2009 10:02

  • Department for Transport

    The Department for Transport has appointed Dai Powell as the new Chair of the Disabled Persons’ Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC).

    03 July 2009 10:00

  • Met Office

    There’s so much information out there about climate change that it is hard to know what to believe. It can get a bit confusing but it doesn’t have to be like that.

    The Met Office is giving a clear guide to the facts about climate change and what can be expected in the future at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show next week. We will also dispel doubts by talking about the fiction.

    03 July 2009 09:53

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    Young entrepreneurs will today join Regional Business Minister, Rosie Winterton and stars from the world of football and rugby at the Hull KC stadium to launch the Hull Enterprise Academy.

    03 July 2009 09:31

  • Local Better Regulation Office

    The public body for better local regulation, LBRO, could help councils get new powers to secure compensation for consumers, following today’s publication of the Government’s Consumer White paper

    03 July 2009 09:22

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    The Business Secretary Lord Mandelson is going to GM’s van-making plant in Luton today where he is meeting the unions as well as Vauxhall workers.

    03 July 2009 00:01

  • Maritime And Coastguard Agency

    Yarmouth Coastguard has coordinated the evacuation of a 57 year old male passenger from the Ventura, a large cruise liner from the middle of the North Sea after he was taken seriously ill.

    02 July 2009 16:30

  • Ministry Of Defence


    Two contracts, together worth £231M, have been awarded to General Dynamics UK to upgrade the UK Armed Forces’ Bowman military communications system, the Ministry of Defence announced today.

    02 July 2009 15:30

  • Ministry Of Defence

    The first of the Royal Air Force’s £450 million fleet of 28 new Advanced Jet Trainers (AJT), the Hawk T Mk2, have arrived at RAF Valley in Anglesey, allowing pilots to train on an aircraft with systems closely compatible with the latest front line jets. 

    02 July 2009 12:00

  • Department for Environment, Food And Rural Affairs

    Defra’s Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens is urging pet owners to remain vigilant this summer as temperatures soared throughout Britain this week.

    02 July 2009 11:30

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    Business Secretary Lord Mandelson today condemned planned strike action by postal workers over Royal Mail modernisation plans.

    02 July 2009 10:42

  • Maritime And Coastguard Agency

    The operation to lift the remaining section of the MSC Napoli was successfully completed yesterday afternoon. Cutting has now commenced and will now continue in accordance with the agreed salvage plan.

    02 July 2009 10:41

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    Professor Michael Sterling, until recently Vice Chancellor of Birmingham University, has been selected as the preferred candidate to become Chair of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

    02 July 2009 09:50

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