Repeal unused power to breathalyse lesiure sailors

Part IV of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 enables regulations to be made to exempt certain classes of non-professional mariner from the marine equivalent of drink-drive laws.   Attempts to devise workable regulations have failed, with the previous government's proposals leading to such ludicrous positions as a skipper having a couple of drinks when safely moored up at the end of a day's sailing committing a criminal offence.  As the RYA has pointed out, there is no evidence that new legislation is needed in this area.  The primary power should therefore be repealed.

Why is this idea important?

Part IV of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 enables regulations to be made to exempt certain classes of non-professional mariner from the marine equivalent of drink-drive laws.   Attempts to devise workable regulations have failed, with the previous government's proposals leading to such ludicrous positions as a skipper having a couple of drinks when safely moored up at the end of a day's sailing committing a criminal offence.  As the RYA has pointed out, there is no evidence that new legislation is needed in this area.  The primary power should therefore be repealed.

Remove requiements for planning authorities to put public notices in local newspapers

At the moment planning authorities are required to place notices in local newspapers at regular stages e.g. to annource planning applications, to annouce consultation on a plan, to say that a plan has been adopted etc.  This is very expensive.  Each time that a notice is placed it costs about £1000, depending on the individual newspaper.  

I'm not sure that many people read the notices section and think that there are better ways of getting the infomation to the public (e.g. online consultations, press releases, notices displayed at sites).  These methods are already widely used.

Why is this idea important?

At the moment planning authorities are required to place notices in local newspapers at regular stages e.g. to annource planning applications, to annouce consultation on a plan, to say that a plan has been adopted etc.  This is very expensive.  Each time that a notice is placed it costs about £1000, depending on the individual newspaper.  

I'm not sure that many people read the notices section and think that there are better ways of getting the infomation to the public (e.g. online consultations, press releases, notices displayed at sites).  These methods are already widely used.

Summer of Discontent

The Unions have threatened mass disruption over the coming months.   Why should the taxpayer help prolong these strikes by providing benefits from the public purse.

The law should be changed that NO benefit should be paid either to the striker or his family during the course of the strike whether an official one or not.

 

 

 

Why is this idea important?

The Unions have threatened mass disruption over the coming months.   Why should the taxpayer help prolong these strikes by providing benefits from the public purse.

The law should be changed that NO benefit should be paid either to the striker or his family during the course of the strike whether an official one or not.

 

 

 

Repealing unnecessary restrictions set out in Section 1 of the FOI Act

I wish to ask the coalition government to reconsider Section 1 of the FOI Act, and designate all 39 of the NDCs set up by the previous government's DCLG, 'public authorities' for this purpose and add them all to Schedule 1 of the FOI Act.

The coalition government could perhaps go even further by making all organisations spending public money subject the FOI Act.

Why is this idea important?

I wish to ask the coalition government to reconsider Section 1 of the FOI Act, and designate all 39 of the NDCs set up by the previous government's DCLG, 'public authorities' for this purpose and add them all to Schedule 1 of the FOI Act.

The coalition government could perhaps go even further by making all organisations spending public money subject the FOI Act.