Consultations

DCMSe-Books are transforming the way the nation reads.  But how should libraries respond to the challenges and opportunities that this new technology presents?
 
That’s the question being asked by an independent panel, appointed by Ed Vaizey, to look at the issue of ‘e-lending’.  The panel – headed by William Sieghart, and with representatives from all parties affected by e-lending – is issuing a call for evidence to inform their discussions.  Evidence should be submitted to the panel, by email before 5pm on Tuesday 6 November 2012.
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NE: Proposals for an improved coastal access route between Sea Palling and Weybourne have been published for consultation, marking the first stages of the England Coast Path in Norfolk.  The scheme was set in motion by the Marine & Coastal Access Act 2009, which commits to creating a continuous & enhanced walking route around the entire English coastline.
 
Natural England has published draft proposals for the route to be created along 41km of coast to provide improved levels of access for local residents & visitors where they can walk, rest & admire the view. The consultation period closes on Friday 11 January 2013.
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FRC: The Financial Reporting Council has published a discussion paper ‘Thinking about financial reporting disclosures in a broader context’.   The paper sets out a road map for a disclosure framework for financial reporting aimed at improving the quality of disclosure and their value to the users.  In particular, the paper covers the reduction of clutter in financial reports by avoiding duplication in disclosures and using tests of materiality more rigorously.  The consultation closes on 31 January 2013.
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BISMeasures to improve the quality of narrative reporting by Britain’s largest companies were published last week by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).  The draft regulations will help to increase corporate transparency and make it easier for shareholders to hold companies to account.  They will also remove outdated & duplicated requirements to cut the clutter from reports.
 
Following recommendations from Lord Davies' review of Women on Boards, quoted companies will also in future be required to report on the number of women & men within the organisation, both overall and in senior executive positions. This will allow investors to identify gender imbalances and help companies address talent blockages.  The consultation closes on 25 November 2012.
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EU News: The European Commission has launched a public consultation with a view to updating the current list of relevant wholesale and retail telecoms markets subject to the Commission's ‘Article 7’ procedure under EU telecoms rules (see MEMO/10/226).  These markets include retail access to the public telephone network and wholesale broadband access.  The consultation closes on 8 January 2013.
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DefraPlans to modernise the agricultural labour market could create almost 1,000 new jobs while keeping workers well protected, Farming Minister David Heath announced last week. Defra plans to disband the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) – a panel setting pay that was abolished in all other sectors almost 20 years ago – bringing the industry into line with what is normal in all other areas of the economy. The 4-week consultation will close on 12 November 2012.
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DECC: Proposed changes to the consenting process for overhead power lines in England & Wales will ‘result in a fairer process for all parties, reduce burdens on developers and save money for the taxpayer’, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said last week. 3 consultations began last week and will close on 27 November 2012.
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