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  • Chancellor speech on the economy

    Chancellor of the Exchequer's keynote speech on the economy. This is the text of the speech as drafted, which may differ slightly from the delivered version.

    Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.

    Today I want to talk to you about this government’s plan for economic recovery.

    Now, you’re probably thinking that a construction site is a strange place to make a speech.

    But I’ve invited you here for a reason.

    This development – 1 Commercial Street – began in 2007.

  • Prime Minister speaks to new Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott

    David Cameron congratulates newly-elected Australian Prime Minister

    A Downing Street spokesperson said:

    “The Prime Minister offered his warmest congratulations to Prime Minister-elect Abbott and spoke of the very strong links between the two countries.”

    “Prime Minister-elect Abbott agreed and stressed his full support for the United Kingdom, saying that he very much looked forward the closest possible cooperation during his time in office.”

  • Changes benefitting global businesses and international students

    New changes give greater flexibility to business visitors and allow international students to take up corporate internships after graduation.

    The Home Office has announced changes to the immigration rules today which will benefit businesses, international students and skilled workers. The changes to the business visitor route will allow employees to undertake corporate training in the UK where it is delivered by an external company.

  • G20: World leaders back international action against tax avoidance and evasion

    A series of actions have been agreed by the G20 leaders in the next step towards securing new global standards for tackling tax evasion and avoidance

    Leaders of the world’s main economies have agreed that international action must be taken against tax avoidance and evasion.

  • ‘UK is committed to finding a peaceful solution on the nuclear issue’

    Statement by Ambassador Wilson, DPR to the UK Mission to the UN, following the Iran 1737 Sanctions Committee Briefing to the UNSC Originally given at United Nations. This is a transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered.

    Thank you very much Mr. President.

    I hope you don’t mind if I introduce myself by name because this is the first time I’m addressing this council. My name is Peter Wilson. I am the new Deputy Permanent Representative for the UK. It’s an honor to be in this group and I’m proud to be here too.

  • Economic Secretary visits oil and gas project

    Sajid Javid, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, emphasised the government’s commitment to supporting the oil and gas industry.

    Economic Secretary Sajid Javid has today emphasised the government’s commitment to supporting the oil and gas industry in a speech at the Offshore Europe conference     in Aberdeen.

    This followed the Chancellor’s opening speech at the conference, in which he recognised the vital role the oil and gas industry plays in the UK economy.

  • Owen Paterson's speech to the LGA Rural Conference 2013

    Environment Minister Owen Paterson calls on schools, hospitals and local public servers to buy more locally-sourced food. Originally given at LGA Rural Conference. This is a transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered.

    Thank you for the invitation to join you this morning.

    Last year, this event was my first opportunity as Defra Secretary to talk about my four key priorities. These are to boost the rural economy, improve the environment and safeguard both plant and animal health.

  • UK action plan on business and human rights

    The Foreign Secretary William Hague has updated Parliament on the UK action plan on business and human rights.

    The Foreign Secreatary said:

    I have today laid before the House a copy of the UK Government paper - Good Business: Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (CM 8691).

  • Scotland's economy benefits from being part of integrated UK

    Analysis finds Scotland’s economy benefits from being part of larger, integrated UK economy.

    New analysis released by the Treasury demonstrates that Scotland’s economic performance is stronger because it is part of the larger integrated UK economy.

  • Foreign Secretary welcomes FAC report on Government’s EU reform agenda

    The FCO today published its response to the Foreign Affairs Committee reports on Government policy on the future of Europe.

    In June 2013, the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee published two reports about the Government’s policy on the future of the EU    . Today the Government has published its response to the reports: The future of the European Union: UK Government policy and The UK staff presence in the EU institutions.

  • Food and grocery industry opens its doors to 15,000 unemployed young people

    The Feeding Britain’s Future campaign gives over 15,000 young people a chance to gain skills and insight into the food and grocery industry.

    More than 15,000 young people are to be given the opportunity to develop their skills and gain an insight into the food and grocery industry, currently the UK’s biggest employer, thanks to ‘Feeding Britain’s Future’, a nationwide campaign launched today by the Institute of Grocery Distribution     (IGD) in partnership with Jobcentre Plus.

  • Statement on exports to Syria

    Export licenses for sodium fluoride and potassium fluoride

    “The UK government operates one of the most rigorous arms export control regimes in the world, and has been at the forefront of implementing an international sanctions regime on Syria.

  • Social housing sector continues to generate income and remains financially strong

    The social housing sector once again continues to access sufficient finance and manage its exposure to the housing market, according to the latest quarterly survey (2013/14 quarter 1) published by the Homes and Communities Agency today.

  • Prime Minister's meeting with Chief Minister of Gibraltar

    David Cameron met with the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo.

    A Downing Street spokesperson said:

    “The Prime Minister met the Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo today. The meeting reaffirmed the existing strong and historic bonds between the UK and Gibraltar and the Prime Minister repeated his commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Gibraltar.

  • Councils should not be hoarding billions says Local Government Secretary

    New figures reveal councils have now amassed £19 billion in reserves.

    Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles today (30 August 2013) highlighted the ‘hypocrisy’ of councils pleading poverty when they have trebled their cash reserves over the last 10 years.

    New statistics published show that councils have increased their cash reserves by over 20% in real terms since 2010 to 2011. Reserves now stand at over £19 billion – an increase of £2.6 billion in the last year alone.

  • New Chairman of CDC’s Board

    Graham Wrigley has been appointed as the new Chairman of CDC’s Board following a competitive process.

    He will take up the role in January 2014 and succeeds Richard Gillingwater who has been chairman since April 2010.

  • £5 million boost to cut pollution from local buses

    Eleven local authorities have been awarded grants from the Clean Bus Technology Fund, which will allow almost 400 buses to be upgraded.

    Towns and cities in England are set to benefit from £5 million of funding to reduce pollution from local buses, Local Transport Minister Norman Baker has announced today (29 August 2013).

    A total of 11 local authorities have been awarded grants from the Department for Transport’s Clean Bus Technology Fund, which will allow almost 400 buses to be upgraded.

  • FCO expresses UK support for positive developments in Madagascar electoral process

    Foreign Office Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds welcomes the announcement of a new electoral timetable in Madagascar.

    Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds said:

  • Foreign Secretary welcomes Chief Minister of Gibraltar

    Visit reaffirms strong bonds between the UK and Gibraltar.

    Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed Chief Minister of Gibraltar the Hon Fabian Picardo MP to London on Wednesday 28th August.

    As well as reaffirming the strong bonds between the UK and Gibraltar and the UK’s commitment to stand by the people of Gibraltar, Mr Picardo’s visit has provided an opportunity for a series of detailed meetings on issues including the unacceptable delays at the Spanish/Gibraltar border.

    28 August 2013

  • Syria: UK to put forward United Nations Security Council resolution

    The UK will put forward a resolution at a meeting of the 5 permanent members of the Security Council in New York.

    A Downing Street spokesperson said:

    “We have always made clear that we want the UN Security Council to live up to its responsibilities on Syria. Today we are giving its permanent members the opportunity to do that.

    “Britain has drafted a resolution condemning the attack by the Assad regime, and authorising all necessary measures under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter to protect civilians from chemical weapons.

  • Government hails surge in older workers as 'key' to strengthening UK economy

    The number of people aged between 50 and 64 in employment in the UK has rocketed by nearly 2 million over the past 15 years, official statistics show. And, unlike other age groups, their employment rate is higher than before the recession.

    Latest statistics show an extra 54,000 workers in this age group were in jobs during the last quarter (April to June 2013), boosting the total number of 50 to 64 year-olds in work to almost 7.7 million.

    Pensions Minister Steve Webb said:

  • Burnley named most enterprising place in Britain

    Burnley is celebrating after being named the most enterprising place in Britain. The Lancashire town received the accolade for its ongoing commitment to support small and medium sized businesses and for successfully reframing perceptions of Burnley.

  • UK partnering the 6th FICCI Global Skills Summit

    This year the UK is partnering at the 6th FICCI Global Skills Summit which is a leading event around vocational education and skills in India. It offers a platform for people to converge, aggregate and implement the skills development story.

  • Foreign Secretary press conference with French Foreign Minister

    Foreign Secretary William Hague discussed Egypt and Syria with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on 21 August 2013. Originally given at Paris. This is a transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered.

    Thank you very much indeed, Laurent. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.

    It’s a huge pleasure to be here with Laurent Fabius tonight and I’m grateful for his invitation to have these discussions here and I pay tribute to him and to the close work that we do together across a whole range of international issues.