Seven Government announcements put out before summer break

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The last day of parliament before a recess traditionally sees a rush of announcements, usually in the form of written ministerial statements. Today was no exception.

Here are seven things the government made public:

Two RAF bases to close

RAF Red Arrows during a flypast over Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade as the Queen celebrates her official birthday. (Image: PA)
RAF Red Arrows during a flypast over Buckingham Palace (Victoria Jones/PA)

Downing Street said the plans would save taxpayers £140 million and help provide more “modern and efficient” military bases.

Seven courts to close

Blackfriars Crown Court
Blackfriars Crown Court (Victoria Jones/PA)

A proposal to close Cambridge Magistrates’ Court has been withdrawn.

Money saved by the closures “will be invested to support the HM Courts & Tribunals reform programme backed by both the Government and the senior judiciary”, according to a written statement.

Extra money for Crossrail

Crossrail engineers walk alongside tracks in Whitechapel, east London. (Image: PA)
Crossrail engineers walk alongside tracks in Whitechapel, east London (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Theresa May to take personal control of Brexit talks

Theresa May
Theresa May (Matt Dunham/PA)

Permission given for fracking in Lancashire

File photo issued by Cuadrilla of the drilling rig at Preston New Road shale gas exploration site.
The drilling rig at Preston New Road (Cuadrilla/PA)

– Rollout of national funding formula for schools in England extended again to 2020/21

School pupils
School pupils (David Jones/PA)

“We recognise that the introduction of the national funding formula has represented a significant change to the way schools are funded,” a written statement said. The extension to 2020/21 is “in order to continue to support a smooth transition”.

More money guaranteed for EU-funded projects

The EU and Union flags (Image: PA)
The EU and union flags (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

A written statement said this “ensures UK organisations, such as charities, businesses and universities, will continue to receive funding over a project’s lifetime if they successfully bid into EU-funded programmes before December 2020”.

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