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United Kingdom: Bill to Increase Penalties for Targeting Transport Operators with Lasers

(Jan. 4, 2018) A new bill before the Parliament of the United Kingdom is set to increase the penalties that can be imposed on individuals who target transport operators with laser devices. The bill encompasses operators of not just planes, but a variety of vehicles, including trains, motor vehicles, pedal cycles, boats, hovercraft, and submarines. […]

United Kingdom: High-Speed Broadband to Be a Legal Right

(Jan. 3, 2018) In 2017, the United Kingdom government passed the Digital Economy Act, which implements policies contained in the 2015 Conservative Party Manifesto and regulates a number of areas relating to online activities. The aims of the Act include, but are not limited to, ensuring that both individuals and businesses have access to high-speed […]

United Kingdom: Space Industry Bill Rocketing Through Parliament

(Jan. 2, 2018) The Space Industry Bill recently had its third reading in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords and the government is hoping that it will be enacted in early 2018. (Space Industry Bill 2017-19, HC Bill 137, PARLIAMENT.UK.) While the bill has been the subject of puns, jokes, and references to science fiction during […]

United Kingdom: New Bill Strengthens Animal Protection, Recognizes Animals as Sentient Beings

(Dec. 14, 2017) A draft bill introduced before the British Parliament on December 12, 2017, aims to strengthen animal protection and contribute to raising welfare standards for animals across the United Kingdom. The Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Draft Bill will increase ten-fold the maximum sentence the courts can impose under section 32 […]

United Kingdom: Proposals for Greater Online Protection for Children

(Dec. 14, 2017) The Government of the United Kingdom has recently proposed an amendment to the Data Protection Bill to provide for greater protection for the privacy of children who engage in online activities. The Data Protection Bill is currently progressing through Parliament and will implement the European Union’s Data Protection Directive, which will apply […]

United Kingdom: Viagra Made Available as Over-the-Counter Medication

(Dec. 12, 2017) The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), an executive agency of the United Kingdom’s Department of Health responsible for regulating medicines, medical devices, and blood transfusion components, recently assessed whether Viagra Connect should become available as an over-the-counter medicine. At the end of November 2017, the results of the assessment were […]

United Kingdom: $20 Million in Tampon Tax to Be Distributed to Women’s Charities

(Dec. 12, 2017) In the United Kingdom, there has been a long-running campaign to remove value-added tax (VAT) from women’s sanitary products. Since January 1, 2001, the VAT rate charged for sanitary products has been 5%, a 15% discount on the current 20% rate of VAT in the UK and the lowest rate currently permitted […]

United Kingdom: Sentences for Terrorism-Related Offenses May Be Lengthened

With almost half a century of legislative experience, the United Kingdom is renowned for its robust anti-terrorism laws. The operation of these laws is reviewed on an annual basis by the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. (The Independent Reviewer’s Role, INDEPENDENT REVIEWER OF TERRORISM LEGISLATION (last visited Sept. 6, 2017).) In a recent interview with […]

UK: Grocery Store Fined over US$11 Million for Gasoline Discharge

(July 11, 2017) Tesco Stores Ltd, a large chain of grocery stores and gas stations in the United Kingdom, was fined £8 million (about US$11 million) for a large-scale pollution event in Lancashire after 23,500 liters (about 6,200 gallons) of gasoline leaked from a filling tank over a period of 29 hours at a petrol […]