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Monday 2 March 2015

Economy

The UK's EU budget contributions: tenth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 891.
Corporate Author:
Treasury Committee
Author:
Andrew Tyrie (chairman)

On 17 October 2014, the European Commission informed HM Treasury that the UK would have to make an additional contribution to the EU budget of approximately ?2.1 billion. This additional contribution had been prompted by revisions to EU Member States' historic Gross National Income (GNI) data, dating back to 1995. Member States make several annual contributions to the EU budget, by far the most significant being a levy on GNI. This levy is charged as a percentage rate on Member States' annual GNI, with the rate set at a level designed to cover exactly the portion of the EU Budget which remains unfunded once the other sources of income - namely 'Traditional Own Resources' and VAT-based resources - have been taken into account. The result is that an individual Member State contributes to this portion of the budget in proportion to its share of total GNI across all Member States. In 2013, GNI-based contributions amounted to 74 per cent of the EU's total budget. Emerging from the ECOFIN summit of 7 November 2014, the Chancellor claimed to have "halved the bill" of 1.7 billion demanded by the EU. He later described this as the result of "hard-fought negotiation" with the Commission to ensure that the consequential change to the UK's rebate would apply. The calculation of the rebate, and the circumstances in which it applies, are embedded in EU law. This is set out in detail in Council Decision 2007/436/EC and the supporting Council document on the UK correction. These documents establish the precise method for calculating the rebate. On the basis of the evidence the Committee has seen, it should have been unambiguously clear to the Treasury, well in advance of ECOFIN on 7 November 2014, that the UK was entitled to a rebate on any additional budget contributions that could arise from the GNI revisions.

  • ISBN: 9780215081711
  • 6.50

Environment

Responding to a changing Arctic: report of session 2014-15.

House of Lords papers (2014-15) - 118.
Corporate Author:
Select Committee on the Arctic

The Arctic is changing. Temperatures in the region are increasing at twice the global average, causing a range of physical and environmental changes. Sea ice is thinning and receding, although the pattern of change is variable, while land ice is melting and flowing into the sea. Processes in the Arctic have the potential to amplify climate change, causing further warming and further change; the exact nature and pattern of this feedback is difficult to predict and measure. Knowledge of many aspects of the Arctic environment, and how it is responding to change, is limited. The UK is the Arctic's nearest neighbour and has long-standing political, economic and cultural ties with states and peoples in the region. Changes in the Arctic will affect the UK; at the same time, the UK can work with Arctic states and their citizens in responding to change. It is in the interests of the UK to be active and engaged on Arctic issues.

  • ISBN: 9780108557729
  • 17.50

Foreign Affairs

The FCO's performance and finances in 2013-14: ninth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 605.
Corporate Author:
Foreign Affairs Committee
Author:
Sir Richard Ottaway (chairman)

The cuts imposed on the FCO since 2010 have been severe and have gone beyond just trimming fat: capacity now appears to be being damaged. If further cuts are imposed, the UK's diplomatic imprint and influence would probably reduce, and the Government would need to roll back some of its foreign policy objectives. The FCO's budget is a tiny element of Government expenditure, but the FCO makes disproportionate contribution to policy making at the highest level, including decisions on whether to commit to military action. The next Government needs to protect future FCO budgets under the next Spending Review.

  • ISBN: 9780215081728
  • 10.00

Health

Trends in health systems in the former Soviet countries.

Observatory studies series 35.
Corporate Author:
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe
Author:
B. Rechel (editor)

After the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, the countries that emerged from it faced myriad challenges, including the need to reorganize the organisation, financing and provision of health services. Over two decades later, this book analyses the progress that twelve of these countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan) have made in reforming their health systems. Building on the health system reviews of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (the HiT series), it illustrates the benefits of international comparisons of health systems, describing the often markedly different paths taken and evaluating the consequences of these choices. This book will be an important resource for those with an interest in health systems and policies in the post-Soviet countries, but also for those interested in health systems in general. It will be of particular use to governments in central and eastern Europe and the former Soviet countries (and those advising them), to international and non-governmental organisations active in the region, and to researchers of health systems and policies.

  • ISBN: 9789289050289
  • 34.00

Health

The health of the people : what works: the African regional health report 2014.

Corporate Author:
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Africa

This is a report on the health of the people living in the African Region of the World Health Organization. It reflects a world that has undergone dramatic changes, with Africa as a continent becoming an increasingly important demographic and economic driver of global growth. Rapid economic growth, coupled with a young, growing population, wide uptake of technology, particularly mobile phone technology, and a burgeoning middle class, has led to a new view of the Region. This report uses a wide range of data to show that the overall health of the people living in the Region has improved considerably in the past decade. Some of this has been due to demographic and economic change and to improved political stability. But much has also been due to sustained efforts to prevent illness and maintain good health, improve access to treatment when illness does occur, and find ways to deliver a better level of health care in the African context.

  • ISBN: 9789290232612
  • 34.00

Health

Engage-TB: curriculum and facilitators' guide: training manual: integrating community-based tuberculosis activities into the work of NGOs and other CSOs.

Corporate Author:
World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) released its operational guidance entitled ENGAGE-TB - integrating community-based tuberculosis activities into the work of NGOs and other CSOs in 2012. In 2013, it produced an accompanying implementation manual for ENGAGE-TB operational guidance. This training curriculum and facilitators' guide was developed based on the implementation manual and intended to help train staff of national tuberculosis programmes (NTPs) or their equivalents, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and other civil society organisations (CSOs) and all other stakeholders in the ENGAGE-TB approach. Such training should increase the ability of these actors to support and integrate community-based tuberculosis (TB) activities into their ongoing work. This document is purposely designed to combine the training curriculum and the facilitators' guide. Part A is the training curriculum, while Part B is the facilitators' guide.

  • ISBN: 9789241507097
  • 17.00

Health

Community management of opioid overdose.

Corporate Author:
World Health Organization

Opioids are potent respiratory depressants, and overdose is a leading cause of death among people who use them. Worldwide, an estimated 69,000 people die from opioid overdose each year. The number of opioid overdoses has risen in recent years, in part due to the increased use of opioids in the management of chronic pain. In 2010, an estimated 16,651 people died from an overdose of prescription opioids in the United States of America alone. Opioid overdose is treatable with naloxone, an opioid antagonist which rapidly reverses the effects of opioids. Death does not usually occur immediately, and in the majority of cases, overdoses are witnessed by a family member, peer or someone whose work brings them into contact with people who use opioids. Increased access to naloxone for people likely to witness an overdose could significantly reduce the high numbers of opioid overdose deaths. In recent years, a number of programmes around the world have shown that it is feasible to provide naloxone to people likely to witness an opioid overdose, in combination with training on the use of naloxone and the resuscitation of people experiencing opioid overdose, prompting calls for the widespread adoption of this approach.

  • ISBN: 9789241548816
  • 22.00

Law & Order

Robbery Offences guideline: consultation: sixth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 1066.
Corporate Author:
Justice Committee
Author:
Sir Alan Beith (chair)

The Sentencing Council of England and Wales is required to consult the Justice Committee on all the draft sentencing guidelines it publishes for consultation. On 21 October 2014, the Council issued a Draft Robbery Guideline with a closing date for responses of 23 January 2015. The Guideline is intended to replace the Sentencing Guideline on robbery published by the Sentencing Council's predecessor body, the Sentencing Guidelines Council, in July 2006. The proposed Sentencing Guideline covers three robbery offences: Street robbery (robberies committed in public places including parks, stations and on public transport); Commercial robbery (a business/organisation is the target of the robbery) and robbery in a Dwelling. Unlike the previous Guideline, the Draft Guideline will only apply to adult offenders.

  • ISBN: 9780215083739
  • 5.50

Law & Order

Gangs and youth crime: thirteenth report of session 2014-15.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 199.
Corporate Author:
Home Affairs Committee
Author:
Keith Vaz (chairman)

The London Metropolitan Police Service reported in 2012, that they had identified 259 violent youth gangs and 4,800 'gang-nominals' in 19 gang-affected boroughs. Also in 2012, Greater Manchester Police identified 66 Urban Street Gangs and estimated the total number of gang members across Greater Manchester to be 886. The Office of the Children's Commissioner's 2013 inquiry into child sexual exploitation in gangs and groups found that 2,409 children and young people were subject to sexual exploitation in gangs and a further 16,500 children at risk, using a survey period of August 2010-October 2011. 21 police forces in England identified that they had criminally active gangs operating in their area. In total, individual forces reported 323 gangs as being criminally active, with 16 being associated with child sexual exploitation. In London between March 2013 and February 2014, only six per cent of stop-and-searches were conducted on females. London, while experiencing the most gang-related violence of any area in the country, has obtained only fourteen gang injunctions.

  • ISBN: 9780215081704
  • 9.00