Documents to download

The original proposal for an Antarctic Bill was put forward by the previous Government who published a consultation and Draft Bill in December 2009. This Bill would implement a new annex to the Antarctic Treaty that was agreed in 2005. The Annex, on Liability Arising from Environmental Emergencies, requires anyone undertaking activates in Antarctica to ensure measures are in place to prevent any environmental damage, together with contingency plans to deal with any damage that might occur.

The current Antarctic Bill is a hand-out Bill which has been taken up by Neil Carmichael MP, who will take it through the House of Commons as a Private Member’s Bill. The Bill has Government support and is due to have its Second Reading on 2 November 2012. It will be based on the Bill consulted on by the previous Government, although it will not contain what was Part 2 of the original Bill covering the requirement for contingency and safety planning for all British operators.

Documents to download

Related posts

  • A House of Commons Library Briefing Paper on plastic waste in the UK, including statistics on plastic waste and information on UK Government and devolved Government plans and ambitions to reduce avoidable plastic waste and examples of voluntary initiatives from the plastics industry, environmental groups and retailers.

  • This briefing paper provides an overview of the existing legal framework for electric scooters (e-scooters). It also analyses the arguments for and against legalising e-scooters on UK roads, drawing on the limited evidence from other countries and cities that have sanctioned their use.

  • The Agriculture Bill 2019-21 was given its First Reading on 16 January and Second Reading on 3 February 2020. It completed Committee Stage on 5 March 2020 its remaining Commons stages on 13 May 2020. The Bill received its Second Reading in the Lords on 10 June and commenced its Lords Committee consideration on 7 July 2020.