Business Appointment Rules

Ministers and civil servants leaving office are subject to rules regarding appointment in other sectors. These rules, known as the Business Appointment Rules, exist to prevent former civil servants and ministers being able to profit from their knowledge of and contacts within Whitehall, and to prevent any perception of wrongdoing. The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACoBA) administers the rules.…

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Stalking: Developments in the law

A Private Members’ Bill with Government support aims to introduce new civil Stalking Protection Orders. The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 was introduced to deal with stalking, but critics argued that it was not effective enough. Scotland introduced a specific offence of stalking in 2010, and England and Wales created two new specific offences in 2012. Northern Ireland still relies on the more general offence of harassment. …

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Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill 2017-19: Committee Stage Report

This House of Commons Library briefing provides information on key provisions in the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill 2017-19. This is a Private Member’s Bill which is seeking to make provision about the oversight and management of the use of force in relation to patients in mental health units. …

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