Chloe Smith
MP for Norwich North

Reporting back: Goverment announcements since 5th August

Author: Chloe Smith, Updated: 15 August 2017 12:51

On Saturday 5th August, Brandon Lewis announced plans to replace landing cards for Non-European travellers, scrapping the outdated paper-based system, which costs the public around £3.6 million each year.  This is part of a modernisation of border technology to ensure Border Force staff stop dealing with outdated paperwork and can continue to focus on security and protecting the public.  


On Sunday 6th August, Greg Clark announced an independent review into the cost of energy, led by Professor Dieter Helm CBE, which will recommend ways to keep energy prices as low as possible, as pledged in the Conservative manifesto.


Also on Sunday, Lord Callanan issued tough new government guidance to better protect a new generation of internet-connected cars from hackers.


On Monday 7th August, Matt Hancock announced a new Data Protection Bill to update and strengthen data protection laws, making it easier for people to have social media posts from their childhood removed.


On Tuesday 8th August, Matt Hancock launched a cyber-security consultation, proposing that organisations who fail to implement effective cyber security measures could be fined as much as £17 million or 4 per cent of global turnover.  


On Wednesday 9th August, Philip Dunne announced the biggest ever expansion to the NHS medical workforce in England, with plans to train an extra 1,500 doctors a year by 2020 and an additional 10,000 additional training places for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.  


On Thursday 10th August, Lord Farmer published a report for the government on how to strengthen family ties for prisoners, which can significantly reduce the risk of reoffending.


On Friday 11th August , Michael Gove has announced the manifesto commitment to make CCTV mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England, as part of a series of measures to further strengthen animal welfare standards in England.