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Friday 27 March 2015

Agriculture

Review of fisheries in OECD countries: country statistics 2014.

Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This review contains statistics on fisheries in OECD member countries (with the exception of Austria, Israel and Slovenia) and some non-member economies (Argentina, Colombia, Latvia, Chinese Taipei, Thailand) from 2006 to 2013. Data provided concern fishing fleet capacity, employment in fisheries, fish landings, aquaculture production, recreational fisheries, government financial transfers, and imports and exports of fish.

  • ISBN: 9789264225558
  • 86.00

Culture & Tourism

Tourism: sixth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 614.
Corporate Author:
Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Author:
John Whittingdale (chair)

The tourism sector, a massive conglomeration of diverse businesses and organisations, contributes billions of pounds to the British economy and sustains millions of jobs. Yet its central role in the economic activity and life of the country is not given sufficient recognition. Too often, Government fails to factor tourism into its wider decision-making. The Committee have heard convincing evidence that the sub-national structures for supporting tourism in England were damaged by the abolition of the Regional Development Agencies without putting in place adequate arrangements for tourism promotion. With sufficient resources, the Committee believes VisitEngland is well placed to move more decisively into the organisational vacuum left by the abolition of the Regional Development Agencies and the Regional Tourist Boards. It could better coordinate the disparate efforts of some 200 local Destination Management Organisations, focusing its attention on those with most promise of developing a substantial tourism base. It could be an even better source of advice and training to the many small businesses that typify much of the tourism industry. Working with the National Coastal Tourism Academy in identifying and promulgating best practice, VisitEngland could begin the process of turning round those seaside resorts that have lost their way. The Academy is funded by the Coastal Communities Fund - a source of income for which the Committee shares the Government's enthusiasm.

  • ISBN: 9780215084576
  • 12.00

Defence

Decision-making in defence policy: eleventh report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 862.
Corporate Author:
Defence Committee
Author:
Rory Stewart (chair)

The British military has an unrivalled global reputation. The nation is justifiably proud of the courage, skills, and dedication of its personnel. But our service personnel have not always been well served by the decisions made by politicians and military leaders. Poor decision-making can cost lives and vast sums of public money. It is absolutely imperative, therefore, that the MoD gets the right information, the right structures, the right processes, and the right people to make the best decisions. The Committee pay tribute to the senior officers, civil servants, and politicians, who are forced to operate in an increasingly complex strategic environment. The Levene Reforms, and the National Security Council have brought clearer accountability to decision-making, and reinforced civilian control, but they have not addressed historical gaps in information, training, openness to criticism, and strategic thought.

  • ISBN: 9780215085559
  • 12.00

Economy

Improving tax collection: fiftieth report of session 2014-15: report, together with the formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 874.
Corporate Author:
Committee of Public Accounts
Author:
Margaret Hodge (chair)

The Committee have made taxation a key area of focus during this Parliament and have published 20 reports on taxation and made over 100 recommendations to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and HM Treasury aimed at improving HMRC's performance and strengthening confidence in the tax system. The Committee believe they have influenced the debate about multinational companies paying the appropriate amount of tax due, based on their transactions conducted within the UK; exposed serious problems with how the tax planning industry pushes aggressive tax avoidance schemes to businesses and wealthy individuals; helped to reform how HMRC tackles marketed tax avoidance schemes and settles tax disputes with large corporates; and challenged HMRC to provide a better and more even-handed service to customers. The Committee welcome the action that HMRC has taken in response to the recommendations and the progress that has been made. But much remains to be done; for example, HMRC must urgently transform its currently unacceptable levels of customer service. The Committee further welcomes the lead the UK Government has taken in this area on the international stage and call on the next government to continue this work and undertake to tackle both the industry and culture that surrounds and supports tax evasion and aggressive avoidance.

  • ISBN: 9780215085573
  • 9.00

Economy

The effective management if tax reliefs: forty-ninth report of session 2014-15: report, together with the formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 892.
Corporate Author:
Committee of Public Accounts
Author:
Margaret Hodge (chair)

Tax and tax reliefs are plainly different and require different accountability arrangements. Put simply tax is where you get money in through taxation and a tax relief is where you make a conscious decision to forgo that income. Some reliefs are structural parts of the system to ensure a more progressive system or avoid double taxation. But other reliefs, costing some 100 billion a year, are designed to deliver a policy objective that could be met instead through spending programmes. HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) do not keep track of those tax reliefs intended to influence behaviour. They do not adequately report to Parliament or the public on whether reliefs are working as intended and what they cost and whether they represent good value for money. While HMRC is accountable for implementing and monitoring all tax reliefs, its statements about the extent of its responsibilities are inconsistent with its actual practices. HMRC accepts it has a role to assess, evaluate and monitor reliefs, but is unable or unwilling to define or to categorise reliefs by their purpose. While HMRC accepts the need for reporting the costs of tax reliefs, it does not see the merit in assessing the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of reliefs, or considering their cost effectiveness alongside that of alternative policy instruments such as spending programmes. HMRC does not generally assess the effectiveness of reliefs with specific objectives although in a few instances it does consider their impact on taxpayer behaviour. HMRC's failure to articulate a set of principles to guide its management and reporting of tax reliefs is a serious omission which it now needs to rectify.

  • ISBN: 9780215085580
  • 6.50

Government

International Development Committee: the Legacy-Parliament 2010-15: fifteenth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 1138.
Corporate Author:
International Development Committee
Author:
Sir Malcolm Bruce (chair)

As the end of the 2010-2015 Parliament approaches, the Committee has taken the opportunity to look back on their work. This Report outlines some of the Committee's work, progress and effectiveness during this Parliament and sets out areas that may be of interest to their successor committee. It has also provided the opportunity to scrutinise what actions the Government has taken with regard to issues and recommendations raised in our reports.

  • ISBN: 9780215085733
  • 6.50

Government

Government formation post-election: tenth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 1023.
Corporate Author:
Political and Constitutional Reform Committee
Author:
Graham Allen (chair)

Opinion polling has consistently indicated the likelihood of an election result with no overall majority. This means it is likely there will be a negotiation period for the formation of a potential coalition Government or a Government supported on a confidence and supply arrangement. This inquiry was to provide guidance to the public on what to expect in the government formation process in a Parliament with no overall majority. The key issues are that: the negotiation period in 2015 is likely to be longer than in 2010; a Prime Minister who is unlikely to be able to form a new administration is nevertheless likely to remain in office until it is clear that another administration can form a Government which can command the confidence of the House of Commons; if there is no parliamentary majority to support the current administration, it will nevertheless continue in office on a caretaker basis until a new government is formed. The Committee believes it is wrong that Parliament may not have its first meeting after the election until after a new administration has been appointed. They consider that it is wrong in principle that the decision on the date of Parliament's return should be in the hands of the Prime Minister, and recommend that the date of Parliament's first meeting after a General Election should be put on a statutory basis. Parliament should return as soon as possible, and in any case the Prime Minister should set the date for Parliament's return following the General Election for Monday 11 May 2015.

  • ISBN: 9780215085634
  • 11.00

Health

Psychological first aid: facilitator's manual for orienting field workers.

Corporate Author:
World Health Organization

This manual is designed to orient helpers to offer psychological first aid (PFA) to people following a serious crisis event. PFA involves humane, supportive and practical assistance for people who are distressed, in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities. The instructions and materials in this manual are for a half-day orientation (4 hours excluding breaks) to prepare helpers to support people recently affected by very stressful events. If you have more time available for the orientation, extra activities and slides are included in text boxes to deliver a full day orientation (five and a half hours excluding breaks). Where possible, one should organize full day orientations to allow for deeper learning. It is important to adapt the orientation and materials to the local culture, language and context, and to the likely kinds of crisis situations in which your participants would be helping. Remember to build in extra time if you are using a translator. It is helpful if the translator is familiar with the PFA Guide and orientation materials beforehand.

  • ISBN: 9789241548618
  • 9.00

Law & Order

Counter-terrorism: foreign fighters: nineteenth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 933.
Corporate Author:
Home Affairs Committee
Author:
Keith Vaz (chairman)

Preventative work with communities must be a top priority for the Home's Office's de-radicalisation work. It is urgent that partnerships are developed with mosques and that they play a key role in Prevent counter-terrorism programmes. The Prime Minister's Task Force on Tackling Radicalisation and Extremism stated that the 'Ibaana' prison counter-radicalisation programme would be rolled out in full across British prisons by April 2014.The implementation of this programme across the country must be clearly outlined to specific deadlines. It is vital that individuals working with prisoners, particularly those offering counselling, should undergo specific training to equip them to combat extremist ideologies. It is particularly important that prisoners who have demonstrated extremist views in prison should receive support, monitoring and appropriate intervention on their release, including through the Channel programme. The Channel programme should be strengthened to provide long-term, effective monitoring of participants, to ensure proper evaluation of these prevention programmes. Where social media companies are given evidence that users of their services are seeking to promote violent extremism, they should be prepared to take action to suspend their accounts, as they do where there is abuse or harassment of other users. Communication between the police, schools and parents is in need of vast improvement. The police must engage in a regular and open dialogue with schools and community groups to ensure that information is exchanged and new initiatives can be explored at community level.

  • ISBN: 9780215084729
  • 9.00

Law & Order

Land reform in Scotland: final report: eighth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 274.
Corporate Author:
Scottish Affairs Committee
Author:
Ian Davidson (chair)

Land reform is an intensely political area of public policy which has previously been neglected for too long. By removing land-based barriers to the sustainable development of communities, particularly in rural areas, land reform can have a profound social impact. Any land reform programme should also ensure that effective land use and management are encouraged. The Committee is pleased that the Scottish Government is taking forward work on land reform in line with the findings of their interim report. The Scottish Government's consultation on the Future of Land Reform in Scotland paper closed on 12 February 2015 and results are awaited with interest. Concentrated land ownership has a negative impact on attempts to create a more socially just Scotland. Accordingly, the long term impact of the Scottish's Government's reforms and the new Common Agricultural Payments scheme, along with the effects of Community Land Fund on land ownership and management should be a matter of great importance to the next Scottish Affairs Committee

  • ISBN: 9780215085658
  • 6.50

Transport

First special report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 338.
Corporate Author:
High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill Select Committee
Author:
Robert Syms (chairman)

This report summarises the interim decisions and observations of the Select Committee on the High Speed 2 Phase One hybrid bill, prior to the general election of May 2015 and some 10 months after the Committiee's work began

  • ISBN: 9780215085740
  • 11.00

Transport

Inquiry into the benefits of cycling to the economy: seventh report: together with the minutes of proceedings of the Committee relating to the report, minutes of evidence, written submissions and research papers. Vol. 1

Northern Ireland Assembly reports (Session 2011-2016) - 168/11-16.
Author:
Trevor Clarke (chairperson)

The increase in the number of cyclists over the past few years, even from the very low base within Northern Ireland, is welcomed by the Committee. The work undertaken by the likes of Sustrans, Cyclists Touring Club (CTC) and Outdoor Recreation has undoubtedly had a positive impact in respect of the education and development of cycling in Northern Ireland. The Committee also believes that the "Bike to Work" schemes introduced by public sector and other bodies have proven to be a catalyst in encouraging people either to take up or to return to cycling. The Committee is keen to see programmes such as these and the Active School Travel enhanced, made less restrictive, both in terms of availability of the scheme to lower paid individuals and extension of the application period, and, particularly within the public sector, made compulsory. This, in line with the provision of appropriate changing facilities, tailored cycling parking and a safe cycling environment will, the Committee believes, bring about significant sea change. The Committee is content that the potential for significant contributions to the economy through cycling can be achievable. The impacts of cycling transport can be environmental, social and economic, and the benefits of promoting cycling occur in society as a whole, as well as on an individual level. The reasons to start cycling are varied and include health, fitness, concern for the environment, traffic congestion, the cost of fuel, parking availability and enjoyment of cycling. The Committee recognises that this and other barriers to cycling can include weather, social constraints and physical infrastructure.

  • ISBN: 9780339605510
  • 29.00