Greater Gabbard wind farm opened off the coast of Suffolk
The second largest offshore wind farm in the world, costing £1.3 billion and generating enough clean electricity to power over half a million homes, was officially opened by the Energy and Business Minister Michael Fallon today.
Greater Gabbard, located off the coast of Suffolk, has 140 turbines, and will double in size, once the Galloper wind farm extension is completed in 2017.
All staff in the British Embassy have been temporarily withdrawn and the Embassy will remain closed until staff are able to return.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel advice to advise against all travel to Yemen and to strongly urge British nationals to leave.
The situation in Yemen remains volatile with continuing unrest and violent clashes. There is a high threat from terrorism throughout Yemen.
David Cameron announces £175 million in humanitarian aid for the Syrian crisis.
Prime Minister David Cameron today set out the largest single funding commitment ever made by the UK in response to a humanitarian disaster, as he announced a £175 million emergency package for the Syrian crisis.
But the Prime Minister warned that the international community as a whole must now follow this lead. He called for:
• aid agencies to be given the unrestricted access they need to save lives in Syria
A radical new blueprint for how our NHS buys everything - from rubber gloves and stitches to new hips, building work, bed pans and temporary staff - has been unveiled by health minister Dr Dan Poulter today.
Dr Poulter’s new strategy for NHS procurement is set to radically change what our NHS does with its money by cutting wasteful spending - so cash can be ploughed back into the front line for patient care. It details ambitious plans to save £1.5 billion by getting our NHS to use its money more smartly and more efficiently.
A two month market test of the Connection Vouchers scheme , part of the government’s Super-Connected Cities programme, is now under way. The scheme will allow businesses to apply for grants of up to £3,000 to cover the costs of installing faster and better broadband into their premises.
Housing Minister Mark Prisk announced the fund today (5 August 2013), which will offer additional support to people with plans and ideas for their neighbourhood, from self-build homes to community shops.
The minister said the money will ensure that those wishing to realise their vision will no longer be put off building by the challenges of design and permissions.
Opening the door to more homes
Foreign Secretary commends the people of Zimbabwe on peaceful elections but sets out grave concerns over how those elections were conducted
Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said:
“People around the world are watching events in Zimbabwe, following the announcement by the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission that President Mugabe has won the presidential elections, as well as the indications of possible legal challenges.”
The Secretary of State for Scotland delivered a speech to Fife Chamber of Commerce. Originally given at Dunfermline. This is the text of the speech as drafted, which may differ slightly from the delivered version.
The Chambers of Commerce network right across the United Kingdom plays a vital role in growing British businesses.
I know that the network here in Fife is central to ensuring that the area attracts and supports its local businesses.
UK Export Finance today announced the appointment of Amin Mawji as a Non-Executive member of its Management Board and as Chair of its Audit Committee.
Mr Mawji was recently a partner at Ernst & Young (to June 2013), with extensive experience of advising major public companies and government departments. He has served as a member of the CBI Manufacturing Council and was previously a member of the Audit and Finance Committee at DfID, and the Audit and Risk Committee at Defra.
Transport Minister Norman Baker has today (1 August 2013) announced £25 million of capital funding to enable the construction of demonstration-scale waste to fuel and other advanced biofuel plants in the UK.
The money will be used to underpin significant private sector investment in one or more demonstration-scale advanced biofuel plants in order to drive the development of the UK’s biofuel industry.
Government and business have today published a long-term strategy that will strengthen the UK’s position in the offshore wind industry.
Government and business have today published a long-term strategy that will strengthen the UK’s position in the offshore wind industry. The multi-million pound investment has the potential to unlock £7 billion in the economy by 2020.
LEPs in England and local authorities in Scotland and Wales called upon to identify their economic priorities in disadvantaged local areas.
The government is calling on local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in England and local authorities in Scotland and Wales to identify their economic priorities in disadvantaged local areas.
Foreign Secretary says UK open to better relations with Iran on a step-by-step and reciprocal basis.
The Foreign Secretary William Hague called the Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi today to discuss UK-Iran relations and international issues following the Iranian Presidential Elections.
Maria Miller announces new strategy, including a nuisance calls crackdown, ending ‘bill shock’ and protecting children online.
A new focus by the government will today put consumers at the centre of its communications policy.
Cracking down on nuisance calls, ending bill shock nightmares and protecting children online are key parts of a new approach that will put consumers’ interests first, Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced today.
Areas in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to benefit from £150 million investment in mobile phone coverage.
The funding announced today will allow the Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP) to extend mobile phone coverage to areas where no coverage is currently available. Cornwall, Northumberland, Strabane, Aberdeenshire and Powys are among the areas that stand to benefit most from the project, with the first sites due to “go live” by the end of this year.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has welcomed an order for more than 100 new electric train carriages while seeing the first of a British-built fleet being readied for use at a London depot today.
Following an open procurement competition Southern has signed a second contract with Derby-based train builders Bombardier, worth £180 million, for an additional 116 carriages, which will serve some of the capital’s busiest commuter routes from 2015.
Opening remarks at the launch of the consultation on part 1 of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) guidance. Originally given at London. These are the speaker's notes, not a transcript of the speech as it was delivered.
A group of six would-be illegal immigrants were stopped from reaching the UK after Border Force found them hiding in a lorry in Calais.
Immigration Minister Mark Harper this week saw first-hand Border Force prevent six would-be illegal immigrants from reaching the UK as he visited Calais and Coquelles.
Detector dog Bounder and Border Force officers discovered the six Syrian nationals aboard a lorry at Calais on Wednesday (24 July) .
Stopping illegal migrants at border
DVLA is experiencing some delays in the processing of personalised registration applications.
Her Majesty The Queen has agreed, on the recommendation of the Chancellor and Prime Minister to appoint Sir Jon Cunliffe, currently United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the European Union, as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England with responsibility for Financial Stability, starting on 1 November 2013.
More than 20 further education colleges throughout the country will invest £168 million in building modern facilities thanks to government investment. Many of these new projects are for skills training in sectors vital for growing British industry including engineering, construction and automotive.
The government is targeting those in the greatest need of help and those that can best support growth by investing £77.7 million through the Skills Funding Agency. This will be matched with more than a £91.1 million investment from colleges.
The government has today published a consultation on a number of measures to support the Industrial and Provident Societies (IPS) sector and remove barriers to growth.
IPSs (commonly referred to as co-operatives) are non-profit making organisations that operate for the benefit of their members. Members have an equal say and share of the profits, regardless of share size.
Twenty six of England's rarest and best preserved signal boxes have been given Grade II listed status by the Department for Culture Media and Sport as a result of a joint English Heritage and Network Rail project to safeguard the nation's railway signalling heritage. The listings come as Network Rail decommissions many mechanical signal boxes to consolidate signalling into 12 regional centres, as part of a 30 year plan to modernise the system and provide a better value railway for Britain.
Housing Minister Mark Prisk has announced £40.9m investment towards affordable housing in the North East, Yorkshire and The Humber.
This funding will provide 2,222 new affordable homes in the area for a combination of affordable rent and affordable home ownership. A significant number of the new homes will be completed by the end of March 2015, and all of them by 2017.