Research Papers 2012

Synopsis Here you will find a list of Environment Committee research papers published during 2012.

  • Marine Scotland Visit

    Reference: 176/12 - Date: 12/11/2012

    In April 2012 the Environment Committee travelled to Scotland during its consideration of the NI Marine Bill to meet with Marine Scotland, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and a number of NGOs involved in the creation of the Marine (Scotland) Act. This paper gives a summary of the meetings and highlights the main points discussed.

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  • Scrap metal; legislation and responsibilities

    Reference: 162/12 - Date: 15/10/2012

    In response to a request from the Environment Committee, this briefing paper will provide an indicative framework of regulation governing scrap metal dealing across the UK. It updates RaISe paper 119/12 Scrap Metal – theft and regulation of the industry (July 2012) by providing a guide to departmental responsibility with regards to implementing and overseeing the legislation. It also provides information on The Scrap Metal Dealers Bill 2012 which was presented to the House of Commons on 20 June 2012. An update regarding the consultation on the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Metal Dealers’ Exemption Warrants) Order 2012 is also provided.

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  • Update of PSNI Metal Theft Figures

    Date: 15/10/2012

    The following tables provide an update of the figures previously provided by the PSNI in the research paper 119/12 Scrap Metal – theft and regulation of the industry (July 2012) . A new addition of figures provided for 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012 shows 951 incidents, a significant increase from 553 incidents for the similar period in 2010/11.

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  • Tourism promotion and branding: Loch Lomond and Trossachs and Lake District National Parks

    Reference: 160/12 - Date: 15/10/2012

    The following paper gives background and an overview of responsibilities in relation to tourism promotion and branding in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and the Lake District National Park.

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  • Regulations and Constraints in UK National Parks

    Reference: 159/12 - Date: 15/10/2012

    The following paper looks at regulations and constraints (other than planning) faced by those living and working in UK National Parks, and considers the allocation of funding to each National Park. By way of background, the paper describes the legislative relationship between national parks, the National Park Authorities (NPAs) and associated public bodies.

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  • Privately owned land within national parks

    Reference: 158/12 - Date: 15/10/2012

    This paper has been prepared in response to a request from the Environment Committee, detailing the extent of privately owned land in National Parks in England, Scotland and Wales.

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  • Scrap metal – theft and regulation of the industry

    Reference: 119/12 - Date: 06/07/2012

    In response to a request from the Environment Committee, this briefing paper will provide an indicative framework of regulation governing scrap metal dealing across the UK and Ireland as well as provide information on the extent of the problem of metal theft

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  • Local Government Reform Past and Present

    Reference: 11312 - Date: 03/07/2012

    This paper considers the past Local Government Reform, before suspension of the Reform Programme in 2010, by giving an overview of the process and the structures of delivery. Finally it gives an overview of the changeover into the current Reform Programme.

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  • Planning Reform: Draft Planning (Northern Ireland) Bill 2012

    Reference: 112/12 - Date: 03/07/2012

    The paper will give an over view of the clauses of the draft Bill, and briefly considers whether or not these show any difference in relation to similar provisions provided for in the Planning (Northern Ireland) Act 2011, and subsequently the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991.

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  • Marine Bill: Sustainable Development and Climate Change General Duties

    Reference: 111/12 - Date: 02/07/2012

    This paper looks at the general duties in respect of sustainable development and climate change. It sets the context by giving a brief overview of the situation in the Marine (Scotland) Act and the UK Marine and Coastal Access Act, before exploring the general duties in NI and how they may apply to the Northern Ireland Marine Bill.

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  • Northern Ireland Marine Bill

    Reference: 110/12 - Date: 02/07/2012

    This paper gives background to the introduction of the NI Marine Bill, an overview of the policy principles, and considers some of the main issues with the provisions.

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  • The NI Marine Bill: Comparison with other jurisdictions

    Reference: 65/12 - Date: 19/04/2012

    This paper presents some comparisons between the NI Marine Bill, the Marine (Scotland) Act, and the UK Marine and Coastal Access Act.

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  • Planning policy statements and their relationship with tourism

    Reference: 37/12 - Date: 17/02/2012

    This research paper summarises coverage of issues relating to tourism within the body of Planning Policy Statements in Northern Ireland. As PPS16 is dealt with in another paper, this research is concerned with all of the other planning statements, and particularly PPS21. Comparisons are also made with tourism planning guidance in Ireland, and more briefly in Scotland, Wales and England.

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  • The Planning (General Development) (Amendment No. 2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

    Reference: 01/12 - Date: 09/01/2012

    This short briefing note is to provide an explanation on the Statutory Rule entitled, ‘The Planning (General Development) (Amendment No. 2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011’, which came into force on 30 December 2011.

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