I am keen that constituents and members of local groups and societies are made aware of the current government consultations that are taking place so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to contribute to them.

Consultations (also known as Green Papers) are produced by government and enable people both inside and outside Parliament to give their feedback on policy or legislative proposals. It is one of the most important activities government can undertake - by consulting effectively it improves the development of government policies.

I urge you to look at the following page on the gov.uk website which lists all the open consultations: http://tinyurl.com/z5zxfon

Below is more detailed information on some of the latest consultations:

Invitation for representations relating to the proposed merger between 21st Century Fox, Inc. and Sky plc

This consultation is seeking views in relation to the Secretary of State’s minded-to decision not to refer the proposed merger between 21st Century Fox, Inc. and Sky plc on the grounds of genuine commitment to broadcasting standards. It ends on 14 July and you can read more about it here -


MPs' outside interests: Committee on Standards in Public Life Review

The Committee invites comment on four key themes:

  1. What factors should be taken into account in determining the ‘reasonable limits’ on MPs’ outside interests?
  2. How and whether outside interests for MPs could lead to actual or potential conflicts of interest. Does this apply differently for MPs, ministers and ex-ministers, Chairs of Select Committees and other MPs holding parliamentary roles?
  3. Whether there is sufficient transparency around MPs’ outside interests, and how openness can be promoted.
  4. Whether there needs to be new rules or guidance on MPs’ outside interests, and how any new arrangements could be implemented.

Comments are invited by 13 September and can be sent here - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.