Research Papers 2014

Synopsis Below you will find a list of Environment Committee research papers published in 2014.

  • Call –in: Protection of minorities in divided societies

    Reference: 34/14 - Date: 04/03/2014

    The following paper is a response to a request from the Environment Committee on call-in procedures in divided societies and the consideration of minorities. The paper explores examples from the UK and internationally in relation to commitments made under the Constitution for Kosovo.

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  • Call-in operation in England and Wales

    Reference: 33/14 - Date: 04/03/2014

    The Environment Committee requested information on the use of call-in by local authorities in England, with interest in examples of its operation. The following paper refers to reviews of call-in powers conducted for both England and Wales.

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  • Breaches of the Code of Conduct for Councillors

    Reference: 32/14 - Date: 04/03/2014

    This briefing note is in response to a request for information from the Environment Committee and considers the sanctions available in both England and Wales in relation to breaches of the code of conduct for councillors.

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  • Statutory Bodies in Community Planning: Scotland

    Reference: 07/14 - Date: 21/01/2014

    This paper is in response to a request from the Environment Committee on the contribution of statutory bodies to community planning in Scotland. The paper describes the connection made between statutory planning partners under the Local Government Bill in Northern Ireland, for comparison with the detail given on the situation in Scotland.

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  • General Power of Competence in England

    Reference: 06/14 - Date: 21/01/2014

    This paper considers the General Power of Competence under the Localism Act 2011. As requested by the Environment Committee, it provides information on the use of the power by local authorities throughout England. The power came into force in 2012, therefore reviews and information on its implementation is relatively limited.

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  • Commissioner for Complaints in other jurisdictions

    Reference: 05/14 - Date: 20/01/2014

    This briefing paper considers the roles of the Commissioner for Complaints in other jurisdictions, in particular, the system used under the Localism Act in England; however it also briefly explores the approaches used in Wales and Scotland.

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  • Call–in

    Reference: 04/14 - Date: 20/01/2014

    This briefing note is in response to a request from the Environment Committee on the process for call in as stated under the Local Government Bill, and consideration of the process in other jurisdictions such as England and Scotland.

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  • Single Transferable Vote: Operation in the new councils

    Reference: 03/14 - Date: 06/02/2014

    This paper is a supplementary to the briefing note on Single Transferable Vote (STV) (NIAR 854-13). Information on how STV may operate in the new councils was discussed with Departmental Officials. Detail on the specific operations of STV has not been confirmed as yet; therefore information provided in this paper may alter in any resulting guidance to come.

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  • Single Transferable Vote

    Reference: 02/14 - Date: 20/01/2014

    This briefing note is in response to a request from the Environment Committee on information surrounding the Single Transferable Vote (STV) model.

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  • Carrier bags – Environmental Impact

    Reference: 83/14 - Date: 09/07/2014

    This paper is an update to the research paper from 2011 Comparison of Environmental Impact of Plastic, Paper and Cloth Bags. It details some of the most referenced and peer reviewed research that has been conducted on the overall environmental impacts of different types of carrier bags.

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