Structure of electricity distribution charges – consultation
on the longer term charging framework

The consultation outlines and discusses the various
options for distribution charge setting models, and also notes some of the
issues associated with the development of use of system charges for demand
and generation.

closing date for this consultation is 20 June 2005.


Consultation paper on
proposals for Regulations transposing the treatment permitting requirements
under Article
6 of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive
and providing for exemptions for storage, repair and refurbishment of WEEE

consultation paper sets out the detailed proposals and includes a draft
of the proposed
regulations. Guidance on the Best Available treatment recovery and
techniques and a partial Regulatory Impact Assessment are also included.
You should note that this consultation covers England and Wales only.
Scotland will be consulting separately about the arrangements proposed for
administration and Northern Ireland has already consulted.

closing date for this consultation is 19 August 2005.


Guidelines on
Scientific Analysis in Policy Making

This is a consultation by the Government
Scientific Adviser, which seeks views on the update of the Government
Chief Scientific
Adviser’s Guidelines. The Guidelines were last revised
in July 2000 and need to reflect the developments in policy making
best practice
in the intervening
years (such as improvements to risk management and public engagement).
The Guidelines also seek further to highlight the need for analysts
and policy
makers to be explicit about the level of uncertainty surrounding
the evidence they intend to present to policy makers.

closing date for this consultation is 12 August 2005.


the establishment
of a voluntary Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade
(FLEGT) Licensing Regulation

The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and
Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan,
adopted through Council Conclusions in October 2003, sets
out a new and innovative approach to tackling illegal logging.
One of its measures
requires the Commission
to propose EU legislation to prevent imports of illegally
logged timber into the European market and negotiate, together with
Member States,
bilateral Partnership
Agreements with wood-producing countries. These agreements
will require partner countries to establish a scheme to license legally
timber (harvested
according to relevant national legislation) exported to
the EU. Timber originating in a FLEGT Partner Country could not be imported
the EU without such a

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