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“Government ‘far too slow’ in Grenfell Tower fire response” states HCLG Committee

In the two years since the Grenfell Tower fire, the Government has been “far too slow” in reforming the building and fire safety regime and is still not doing enough to remove dangerous cladding from existing buildings. That’s the view of the Housing, Communities and Local...
Posted On 24 Jul 2019
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Dan Byles appointed non-executive chair of BSI’s Standards Policy and Strategy Committee

Dan Byles has been appointed in a non-executive role by the British Standards Institution (BSI) to serve as chairman of the organisation’s Standards Policy and Strategy Committee (SPSC), the most senior of the BSI’s Standards Committees. The main objective of the SPSC...
Posted On 01 Jul 2019
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Biometrics Commissioner calls for debate in wake of Home Office strategy report

The long-awaited Home Office Biometrics Strategy “is to be welcomed” as the basis for a more informed public debate on the future use of biometrics by the Home Office and its partners, suggests Biometrics Commissioner Paul Wiles, but he feels that “the strategy...
Posted On 28 Jun 2019
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Jonathan Hall QC appointed as Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced in a speech at New Scotland Yard the appointment of Jonathan Hall QC as the Government’s new Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. Hall has been a QC for five years and has been involved in complex and high-profile cases involving...
Posted On 21 May 2019
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Stricter UK laws designed to tackle ongoing terrorist threat come into force

Measures including longer sentences for several terrorism offences and ending automatic early release for convicted terrorists have commenced two months after the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act received Royal Assent. The management of convicted terrorist offenders has...
Posted On 12 Apr 2019
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UK’s fragmented anti-money laundering system “needs re-ordering” warns Treasury Committee

The Treasury Committee in Parliament has just published the unanimously-agreed ‘Report on Economic Crime: Anti-Money Laundering Supervision and Sanctions Implementation’ in which the Committee’s constituent members state that a more precise estimate of the sheer...
Posted On 19 Mar 2019
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BSIA Briefing

Understandably, there’s presently much talk within the mainstream media concerning Brexit, writes Mike Reddington. With less than a month to go now until the politicians’ decision in terms of which road to travel is made, there’s still a good deal of speculation...
Posted On 14 Mar 2019
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Hizballah to be banned by UK Government alongside other terrorist organisations

Hizballah, Ansaroul Islam and Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam Wal-Muslimin (JNIM) are set to be banned by the UK Government following their proscription as terrorist organisations. A draft order laid in Parliament will proscribe Hizballah in its entirety alongside Ansaroul Islam and JNIM...
Posted On 26 Feb 2019
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Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee issues final report on disinformation and ‘fake news’

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of Parliament has published its final 111-page report on disinformation and ‘fake news’. The Committee is calling for a compulsory Code of Ethics for tech companies overseen by an independent regulator and wants to see that...
Posted On 18 Feb 2019
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Government’s Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill receives Royal Assent

New laws affording the UK greater powers to crack down on hostile state activity have received Royal Assent. The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 also ensures sentencing for certain terrorism offences can properly reflect the severity of the crimes, as well as...
Posted On 14 Feb 2019