` UK : ` House of Commons needing to fill coffer's will open its doors to make a movie with Meryl Streep -Suffragette'

#AceMediaNews says that Britain’s House of Commons will open its doors to a commercial film crew for the first time next month in a bid to raise cash, welcoming Meryl Streep for a movie about the suffragettes, officials said – AFP.

The Oscar-winning actress is appearing alongside Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter in the British film “Suffragette”, the fictional tale of one woman’s fight for the right to vote.

Parliamentary authorities decided last year to try to boost their coffers by renting out parts of the Palace of Westminster when lawmakers are not sitting, although crews will not be allowed to film in the debating chamber.

Alan Haselhurst, chairman of the Commons administration committee, said a film about the fight for women’s suffrage a century ago was a perfect way to start.

“As a British film which clearly relates to parliament’s history and heritage, this is an ideal pilot for the House of Commons to identify the opportunities for location filming and income generation,” he said on Tuesday.

Adrian Wootton, chief executive of the British Film Commission, commented: “Opening up such an iconic location as the House of Commons for filming is fantastic news.”

Streep won the best actress Oscar, her second, in 2012 for her portrayal of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady”, but all parliament scenes were filmed in a mock-up of the famous chamber.

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#UKGovNews : ” Ninety Three Percent of `People Polled’ said `Tax Payer Should Not Subsidise MP’S Meals’ to the `Tune of £5.8 Million’ Per Annum”

#AceNewsServices says `WHAT? NO MARTINI’ and Some
MPS COMPLAIN ABOUT SUBSIDISED CATERING AT HOUSE OF COMMONS

24 January 2014 11:44 AM

It’s a tough life at the House of Commons. Aperitifs are in short supply, the Cajun food is poor and there is a dearth of ‘fresh game’ on the lunchtime menu.

Those are the views, at least, of a few anonymous MPs whose views have been revealed by a recent Freedom of Information requestMetro has reported.

Though officials reportedly said the number of complaints was relatively small, the extravagance of requests knew no bounds. Chitterlinks (pigs intestines) and a live jazz band were among some of the suggestions made.

To one anonymous MP, the poor selection of pre-dinner drinks was a particular source of dissatisfaction.

‘We were told by the waiter that there was no martini. I then enquired about a gin and tonic, a Campari or even a sherry for my guest only to be told that, no, only wine was available,’ said the MP.

‘All rather embarrassing, don’t you think? Whoever is in charge of the drinks stock should really get their act together.’

Cooking methods also provoked indignation. One MP commented: ‘ Having been to New Orleans and being an excellent Cajun cook myself I can assure you that there are NO potatoes in gumbo’.

The MP went on: ‘I think the potato thing is getting out of hand. Yes, I know our meals are ‘‘subsidised’’ by the taxpayer but we really have very little choice but to dine in the House.’

The complaints come despite the fact government meals are subsidised by the taxpayer to the tune of£5.8 million a year, meaning a pint of beer inside the Commons costs just £1.70 (less than the going rate at a local Weatherspoons) and a slow-cooked pork belly and vegetables main rings in at £3.55.

Should the taxpayer continue subsidising Westminster meals and drinks? 

Should Taxpayer Continue Subsidising 2014-01-29 12:54:30

 

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Nick Clegg: Pays Tribute to Nelson Mandela at “South Africa House” by Signing Book of Condolence

#AceNewsServices says Nick Clegg pays tribute to Nelson Mandela at “South Africa House by signing book of condolence.

The Deputy Prime Minister today (9 December 2013) signed the book of condolence for Nelson Mandela at South Africa House.

Nick Clegg signing a book of condolence for Nelson Mandela at South Africa House.

Nick Clegg wrote:

I never met Nelson Mandela, but like so many millions of people, I still feel the world is that much emptier after his death. He spoke to the people of South Africa and the world with a message of humanity, dignity and truth. The greatest tribute we can pay to his legacy is to fight for the human rights he championed.

A photo of Nick Clegg's message.

Following the announcement of Nelson Mandela’s death the Deputy Prime Minister said:

Our thoughts go out to the people of South Africa who will be left heartbroken by this sad news.

Every so often history produces an individual whose message is universal, and Nelson Mandela will be mourned and missed on every continent around the globe. The hope he offered was enough to unite races; it bridged cultures and transcended generations; and it could heal the deepest divides.

That hope must now live on. Nelson Mandela’s legacy will continue to burn brightly, there is little doubt about that. But our greatest tribute to him will be our commitment to equality, humanity and peace – the values for which he very literally put his life on the line.

The Deputy Prime Minister later gave a speech in the House of Commons during a special session paying tribute to Nelson Mandela.

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HS2: Hybrid Bill Documents that Together Form the HS2 Phase One Environmental Statement

HS2 Cost#AceNewsServices says these documents that together form the HS2 Phase One environmental statement outline the pro’s and con’s of HS2’s environmental impact! It has been given the name “Hybrid Bill” which of course has the hybrid word is a word which etymologically has one part derived from one language and another part derived from a different language. A little like the HS2 as it is being cobbled together in order to obtain contracts ,for those that look to benefit when their tenders are accepted. 

Well here is this cobbled together collection of “Hybrid” parts and God help the countryside when this scheme gets approval, according to the UK Parliament Site this is the progress so far.

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in theHouse of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Next event

  • 2nd reading: House of Commons2nd reading: House of Commons | Date to be announced

Anyway judge for yourself!          

HS2 BuildingThe ‘HS2 Phase One environmental statement’ was produced to accompany the HS2 Phase One hybrid Bill.

We’re seeking comments on all the documents forming the environmental statement through the HS2 Phase One environmental statement consultation open between 25 November 2013 and 24 January 2014.

Guide to the environmental statement

This document does not form part of the ‘HS2 Phase One environmental statement’ itself but provides a short guide to the makeup of the environmental statement.

  1. Understanding the HS2 Phase One environmental statement

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance

Non-technical summary and glossary

  1. HS2 Phase One environmental statement: non-technical summary

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  2. HS2 Phase One environmental statement: glossary and abbreviations

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance

HS2 Phase 1 and 2Volume 1: introduction and background information

This provides an introduction to the HS2 Phase One environmental statement under consultation. This volume also includes an overview of the impact assessment process and the consultation itself, and the main strategic, route-wide and local alternatives considered.

  1. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 1: introduction to the environmental statement

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance

Volume 2: area reports

Reports of the main environmental effects of HS2 in different geographical areas (known as ‘community forum areas’) along the HS2 Phase One route. This volume also contains books of maps relevant to each report.

  1. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 2: community forum area reports and map books

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance

Volume 3: route wide effects

This document sets out the likely route wide environmental effects of the construction and operation of Phase One of HS2.

  1. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 3: route-wide effects

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance

Volume 4: off-route effects

This document sets out the likely significant environmental effects of Phase One of HS2 expected at locations beyond the route corridor, such as rail stations, rail depots and rail lines. This volume covers areas not included in the community forum area reports in volume 2.

  1. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 4: off-route effects

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance

Volume 5: supporting information and planning

Documents providing information including: planning consents, standard measures to be followed when building the route, and environmental effects of moving parts of the route within its legal limits.

  1. HS2 Phase One draft environmental statement

    • 25 November 2013
    • Consultation outcome
  2. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: alternatives report

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  3. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: committed developments

    • 25 November 2013
    • Map
  4. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: draft code of construction practice

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  5. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: off-route effects supporting information

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  6. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: planning data

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  7. HS2 Phase One environmental statement: scope and methodology

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  8. HS2 Phase Two consultation: sustainability statement

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  9. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: wider effects

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance

Volume 5: environmental topic reports and map books

Reports by topic of the environmental effects of the building and operation of Phase One of HS2. This volume also contains books of maps relevant to each report.

  1. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: agriculture, forestry and soils

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  2. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: air quality

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  3. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: climate

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  4. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: community

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  5. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: cultural heritage

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  6. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: ecology

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  7. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: electromagnetic interference

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  8. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: land quality

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  9. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: landscape and visual assessment

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  10. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: socio-economics

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  11. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: sound, noise and vibration

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  12. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: traffic and transport

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  13. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: waste

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  14. HS2 Phase One environmental statement volume 5: water resources

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance

Consultation

Stop HS2Comments are invited on the environmental statement which covers the environmental effects of the building and operation of Phase One of HS2and the measures that could be used to manage and reduce any negative effects.

This consultation is required by parliamentary rules to allow member of the public and other interested parties to comment on the environmental statement which accompanies the HS2 Phase One hybrid Bill.

draft of the HS2 Phase One environmental statement was consulted on in spring 2013.

  1. HS2 Phase One environmental statement

    • 25 November 2013
    • Open consultation

Announcements

  1. Major step forward for HS2 as hybrid Bill published

    • 25 November 2013
    • Press release
  2. High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill

    • 25 November 2013
    • Statement to Parliament

 

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