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Ministers to discuss Gatwick drone drama as suspects released

Ministers to discuss Gatwick drone drama as suspects released

Technology
The Gatwick Airport drone drama which grounded hundreds of flights will be discussed by ministers in a Christmas Eve conference call.Sussex Police insisted it was not "back to square one" after releasing an arrested man and woman without charge.It said it was investigating 67 drone sightings but had earlier raised the possibility there may have been no drone at all. Gatwick said there had been "multiple sightings" of the equipment.Around 1,000 flights were cancelled or diverted across three days last week after drones were reportedly spotted inside the perimeter of the UK's second biggest airport. Labour calls for inquiry into Gatwick drones How can a drone cause so much chaos? A 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman were relea...
Badger cull: Vets accuse ministers of 'barefaced lies'

Badger cull: Vets accuse ministers of 'barefaced lies'

Science
A campaign group of vets has accused Defra and its ministers of telling "barefaced lies" about the effectiveness of one of its badger culls in England.The group has written to the Chief Vet, Dr Christine Middlemas, asking her to ensure that the department retracts "insupportable claims that its badger cull policy is working".A spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said all statements had been "absolutely correct".Dr Iain McGill, a veterinary surgeon and director of Prion Interest Group, told BBC News that claims by Defra that the badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire were working were not supported by scientific evidence."According to Defra's figures, they claim that they calculated that the incidence [of TB in cattle]...
Ministers update powers to block foreign takeovers

Ministers update powers to block foreign takeovers

Business
Ministers will gain fresh powers to block or unwind foreign takeovers which pose a potential risk to national security, according to proposals to be unveiled on Tuesday. Sky News has learnt that a White Paper to be published by Greg Clark, the Business Secretary, will extend the Government's existing oversight of mergers and takeovers to a broader range of industries.The new rules will mean that ministers have the power to 'call in' corporate deals, block them subject to bidders meeting certain conditions or even unwind transactions which have already taken place.Sources said the National Security Investment White Paper would close a loophole which meant that the Government could only intercept corporate takeovers across the economy where there was a competition-related con...
U.K., Australian ministers review BAE ship construction at Glasgow shipyard

U.K., Australian ministers review BAE ship construction at Glasgow shipyard

Business
July 19 (UPI) -- British Secretary of State for Defense MP Gavin Williamson was joined by Australian Minister of Defense Marise Payne on a tour of BAE Systems Glasgow shipyard on Thursday. The visit concerned a discussion of the Australian SEA 5000 Future Frigates Program, and included a viewing of the new Type 26 Global Combat Ship Glasgow. Construction of the Glasgow started about a year ago, and the visit was only days after an announcement by the Australian Government that its nine anti-submarine Hunter-class frigates will be based on the U.K.'s new Type 26 design. The Hunter-class will be built by BAE in Australia for the Royal Australian Navy. "Australia's selection of the Type 26 Combat Ship for its Future Frigates program reflects the world-leading anti-submarine warfare capabili...
Ministers question 'latte levy' on cups

Ministers question 'latte levy' on cups

Science
A proposal to impose a so-called latte levy on throwaway coffee cups has been questioned by the government.MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee had suggested a charge of 25p for disposable coffee cups to reduce their use.But ministers say it is better for shops to offer voluntary discounts to customers bringing their own cups.MPs says the government's response suggests it is not serious about its promise to tackle plastic litter.Committee chairwoman Mary Creagh said: "The UK's throwaway culture is having a devastating impact on our streets, beaches and seas. Our report recommended practical solutions to the disposable packaging crisis. "The government's response shows that despite warm words they plan no real action."She said evidence to the committee showed charges work better than di...