Other Product Regulation

Home Office: Offensive Weapons Act 2019: draft statutory guidance

The statutory guidance sets out how the legislation should be implemented and applied, the obligations imposed under the act, and what factors should be taken into account when making decisions on how to proceed with individual cases of the possession, sale and delivery of knives, corrosives and offensive weapons, and the use of these to threaten others.

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DHSC: Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s

The DHSC are consulting on the prevention green paper ‘Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s’, which includes new commitments to tackle obesity and alcohol and tobacco related harm. The green paper confirms that a legal age restriction of 16 for energy drinks will be introduced in England and announces the governments ambition for England to go ‘smoke free’ by 2030.

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DCMS: Consultation on the minimum age for playing National Lottery games

This consultation considers changes to the minimum age for playing the National Lottery ahead of the competition to run the 4th National Lottery licence.

The government is consulting on 3 options:

  • Option 1 - Do nothing, retain the minimum age of 16 for all National Lottery games
  • Option 2 - Raise the minimum age to 18 for National Lottery instant win games (i.e. scratchcards and online instant win games)
  • Option 3 - Raise the minimum age to 18 for all National Lottery games
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House of Commons Petitions Committee: Fireworks inquiry

The Committee is asking for written evidence from lots of different organisations and groups, including central and local government, the emergency services, medical professionals, health and safety and accident prevention specialists, people who work with or sell fireworks, and cultural and religious groups for whom fireworks often have a special significance.

The inquiry will lead to a report with recommendations to the Government. The report will be debated in the House of Commons and the Government will have to respond to the Committee's recommendations.

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Department for Health and Social Care: Ending the sale of energy drinks to children

The Department for Health and Social Care has launched a consultation which seeks views on a proposed ban on selling energy drinks to children. It also asks for views on:

  • what products should be included in any restrictions
  • what age limit a ban should apply to
  • whether sales of energy drinks from vending machines should be restricted
  • whether there are any changes that would be more appropriate than a ban on sales to children or that could be applied as well as a ban
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DfT: The Last Mile

The Department for Transport has launched a call for evidence to improve their understanding of the opportunities and barriers to delivering goods more sustainably.

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DCMS: Consultation on Society Lottery Reform

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched a consultation on society lottery reform. The consultation proposes to increase the amount society lotteries can raise per year and also increase the prize draw limit.

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