Legislation / Legal
HO: From next Monday, evidence submitted after a visa application has been made will not be considered. UK Border Agency statistics show that around two-thirds of appeals allowed by immigration judges are due to late evidence being submitted. The rules change is designed to end unnecessary appeals and help make sure that applications are right first time. It will apply to all applicants applying from within the UK through the points-based system.
BIS: A new independent body to adjudicate between suppliers & retailers and protect against unfair practices moved a step closer this week. Consumer Minister, Edward Davey, published the draft Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill and invited pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill by Parliament.
The Bill seeks to establish an adjudicator to monitor & enforce the Groceries Supply Code of Practice who will be able toact as arbitrator in disputes between retailers & their direct suppliersand start investigations about potential breaches of the Code based on complaints from suppliers and/or information in the public domain.
BIS: The Postal Services Bill has this week completed its passage through the House of Lords. Amendments made by the Government in the Lords will now be considered by the House of Commons on 9 June 2011. The consideration session in the Commons is the final stage before Royal Assent. The requirements of the universal postal service – collection & delivery of post 6 days a week at uniform, affordable prices are written into the Bill.