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:

The Future of East Midlands Trains - open until October 11th 2017

This consultation will affect any of us who use the trains in our region either regularly or occasionally.  Do please take part.  The documents can be found here and the consultation pages here with details of how to respond and opportunities for public meetings.

Renewing the rail network: improving efficiency

Consultation asking for views on how to improve current rail network renewal levels.  The consultation closes on 13 September and you can read more about it here:

http://www.orr.gov.uk/rail/consultations/open-consultations/consultation-on-improving-network-rails-renewals-efficiency

Updating consumer protection in the package travel sector

A consultation on changes to the UK’s Package Travel Regulations to provide clearer and more comprehensive protection for holidaymakers. This consultation is open until 25 September and you can respond here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/updating-consumer-protection-in-the-package-travel-sector

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.  

Tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market

This consultation looks at a range of measures to tackle unfair and unreasonable abuses of leasehold, in particular the sale of new leasehold houses and onerous ground rents.  It also seeks views on excluding leaseholders from possession orders because of arrears of ground rent; and views on freeholders being able to challenge service charges for mixed tenure estates with shared facilities.  It ends on 19 September and you can respond here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/632108/Tackling_unfair_practices_in_the_leasehold_market.pdf

National LGBT survey

The Government has launched a survey to understand the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people living in the UK. The survey closes on 15 October and you can complete it here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/national-lgbt-survey