Consultation on the draft Gambling Act 2005 (Licensing Authority Policy Statement) (Scotland) Regulations 2006
Comments are invited on the draft regulations to implement in Scotland section 349 (5) of the Gambling Act 2005. The regulations set out requirements as to the form and publication of Licensing Boards' Policy Statements, or revisions, made under section 349 of the Act. Those Statements will set out the principles which the Boards will apply when exercising their functions under the Act.

The closing date for this consultation is 24 February 2006.

Tenancy Deposit Protection: consultation on secondary legislation
This consultation paper is one of a series on implementation of provisions set out in the Housing Act 2004. The powers in the Act relating to Tenancy Deposit Schemes do not come into force until commenced by secondary legislation.

The paper sets out how the powers in the primary legislation are intended to operate and how the Government intends to implement these. There are a number of practical issues to be considered prior to implementation, which will be tackled through secondary legislation.

This paper seeks views of interested parties on these issues and invites them to comment on the approach to be adopted in secondary legislation. A list of the questions asked throughout the paper is at Annex A. This paper does not seek views on the general policy of tenancy deposit protection, which was the subject of the consultation paper 'Tenancy Money: Probity and Protection', issued by the then Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) in 2002 as a forerunner to the provisions now found in the Housing Act 2004.

The closing date for this consultation is 1 February 2006.

Proposals for a Workplace Exposure Limit for Respirable Crystalline Silica
This Consultative Document seeks comments on a proposal for a new Workplace Exposure Limit (WEL) for respirable crystalline silica by the Health and Safety Commission (HSC).

The proposal recommends a reduction from the current WEL of 0.3 mg.m -3 for respirable crystalline silica to a new WEL of 0.1 mg.m -3 (measured as an 8-hour time weighted average).

If the proposal were to be agreed the new WEL would be brought into force in 2006. A new WEL set at 0.1 mg.m -3 would be accompanied by practical advice on how to control exposures to respirable crystalline silica in the workplace.

The closing date for this consultation is 13 March 2006.

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