MIL-OSI UK: FCO Official and nuclear diplomacy experts give evidence to Committee

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17 December 2018
The International Relations Committee takes evidence on rising tensions between nuclear armed states and the fragmenting of existing non-proliferation and arms control agreements.

Witnesses
Wednesday 19 October in Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster
At 10.40am
Ms Sarah Price, Acting Director for Defence and International Security, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
At 11.40am
Ms Shatabhisha Shetty, Deputy Director, European Leadership Network
Mr Paul Ingram, Executive Director, British American Security Information Council
Possible questions
How do you see the current state of global nuclear diplomacy, and to what extent has it been challenged in recent years?
Ahead of the 2020 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) what are the government’s priorities?
To what extent is the development of new technologies affecting the established non-proliferation and disarmament regimes?
How effectively has the UK responded to challenges to the global nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime, including the US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal?
How has the UK’S approach to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament developed since the entry into force of the NPT, in particular in recent years?
What recommendations would you make to the Government on how to approach these issues ahead of the 2020 Review Conference?
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MIL-OSI UK: How green was the Budget?

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12 December 2018
The Environmental Audit Committee holds a one-off session to scrutinise the green credentials of the Government’s proposals for tax changes and spending commitments outlined in the 2018 Budget, as well as asking what the Government missed out in light of the Clean Growth Strategy.

Witnesses
Wednesday 12 December 2018, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
At 14.15
Nick Molho, Executive Director, Aldersgate Group
Julian Kirby, Lead Plastics-Free Campaigner, Friends of the Earth
Josh Burke, Policy Fellow, UK Climate and Energy Policy, Grantham Research Institute  
At 15.15
Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary, HM Treasury
Philip Duffy, Director, Enterprise and Growth Unit, HM Treasury
Neil Kenward, Deputy Director, Energy, Environment and Agriculture, HM Treasury
Anne-Therese Farmer, Deputy Director, Energy and Transport Tax, HM Treasury
The Budget has been criticised for being light on environmental commitments. In particular, the absence of a latte levy, a 25p charge on disposable cups, has been a surprise to the Committee.
MPs inquired into the matter last year, and their recommendations for a disposable cups charge followed the successful introduction of a charge on plastic bags, which saw significant reductions in their usage. Government plans to consult on a single-use plastics tax, as well as frozen fuel duty are also likely to be considered during the evidence session.
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