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Monday 9 March 2015

Economy

Economic policy reform 2015: going for growth.

Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This publication is the OECD's annual report highlighting developments in structural policies in OECD countries and the key emerging economies. It identifies structural reform priorities to boost real income for each OECD country and Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa. The analysis also regularly takes stock of reform implementation in all the countries covered. This report also provides internationally comparable indicators that enable countries to assess their economic performance and structural policies in a wide range of areas.

  • ISBN: 9789264220447
  • 72.00

Finance

OECD insurance statistics 2014.

Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This annual publication provides major official insurance statistics. The reader will find information on the diverse activities of this industry and on international insurance market trends. The data, which are standardised as far as possible, are broken down under numerous sub-headings, and a series of indicators makes the characteristics of the national markets more readily comprehensible.

  • ISBN: 9789264227910
  • 74.00

Foreign Affairs

The UK's relations with Hong Kong: 30 years after the Joint Declaration: tenth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 649.
Corporate Author:
Foreign Affairs Committee
Author:
Sir Richard Ottaway (chair)

The UK must stand up for the principles enshrined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration, says the Foreign Affairs Committee in its report. The report finds that the overall bilateral relationship between the UK and Hong Kong remains strong, especially in relation to economic and trade affairs. In developing its plans to improve UK-Chinese economic relations, the UK Government should continue to take account of the special importance of Hong Kong as an economic partner in its own right. The Committee welcomes the UK Government's commitment to monitoring the implementation of the Joint Declaration, and its repeated insistence on the UK's legal right and moral obligation to ensure that the treaty is upheld. But the FCO's six-monthly reports on Hong Kong, which are meant to indicate the UK's position on developments, fall some way short. People in Beijing, Hong Kong and elsewhere look to the reports to ascertain the UK's views on Hong Kong, and the reports should express those views more clearly.

  • ISBN: 9780215083869
  • 13.50

Government

A practical guide to living in the United Kingdom (PDF).

Corporate Author:
Stationery Office
Author:
Jenny Wales

This 'Practical Guide to Living in the UK' supports new citizens with the information needed to adjust to everyday life in the UK. It is packed full of information about living and working in the UK and will give readers guidance on how to get by in daily life. Detailed information on the following topics is included: UK Laws and the legal system - identifies ways in which the law affects people, both before and after arriving in the UK; The world of work - details the information needed when trying to find work, advice on being employed and setting up a business; Housing - helps with setting up home and the day to day running of a household in the UK; Schools and education - gives information to help new residents understand the way education works in the UK and ways to discover what is available in the local area; Healthcare in the UK - provides information on what health care is available as a resident of the UK, where to go to seek medical advice and how to register with local GP practices and surgeries; Out and about - explains how the transport system works and aspects of the UK beyond the local area

  • ISBN: 9780117082762
  • 8.33 + VAT

Health

A new EU alcohol strategy?: 8th report of session 2014-15.

House of Lords papers (2014-15) - 123.
Corporate Author:
European Union Committee

Alcohol, when drunk to excess, is a significant cause of disease and premature death, and can be a fuel for public disorder and crime. Most states which do not altogether prohibit the consumption of alcohol have policies aimed at combating alcohol abuse. The EU does not however currently have a strategy on alcohol. By a significant margin, Europe has the highest per capita alcohol consumption of any world region, and the United Kingdom is well above the average of the consumption league. But there are wide variations across the Member States, and indeed regionally within Member States: variations in the type and strength of alcohol consumed, variations in the distribution of consumption by sex and by age, variations in the type and degree of harm caused. There are variations in cost, in duties, in laws on sale and on advertising, in age limits, and in other aspects of policy aimed at reducing alcohol abuse, and at treating the problems it causes. The Committee considers many of these matters.

  • ISBN: 9780108557767
  • 14.50

Health

Public health England's grant to local authorities: forty-third report of session 2014-15: report, together with the formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 893.
Corporate Author:
Committee of Public Accounts
Author:
Margaret Hodge (chairman)

Since it was created in 2013, Public Health England (PHE) has made a good start in its efforts to protect and improve public health. Good public health is vital to tackling health inequalities and reducing burdens on the NHS. The Committee were impressed by the passion shown by PHE's Chief Executive, and his determination to challenge Government to consider public health in wider policymaking. However, we are concerned that the Department of Health is not getting local authorities to their target funding allocations for public health quickly enough, with nearly one third of 152 local authorities currently receiving funding that is more than 20% above or below what would be their fair share. The Agency decided not to change the grant distribution for 2015/16. Local authorities are also presently constrained by being tied into contracts to which the Department had previously committed, such as for sexual health interventions. It is not clear whether the public health grant to local authorities will remain ring-fenced, and they need more certainty to better plan their public health programmes. If the ring-fence is removed, there is a risk that spending on public health will decline as councils come under increasing financial pressures. There are still unacceptable health inequalities across the country, for example healthy life expectancy for men ranges from 52.5 years to 70 years depending on where they live. These inequalities make PHE's support at a local level particularly important but the Committee are concerned that PHE does not have strong enough ways of influencing local authorities to ensure progress against all of its top public health priorities. Finally, given how important it is to tackle the many wider causes of poor public health, PHE needs to influence departments more effectively and translate its own passion into action across Whitehall.

  • ISBN: 9780215083814
  • 6.50

Law & Order

Out-of-court disposals: fourteenth report of session 2014-15.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 799.
Corporate Author:
Home Affairs Committee
Author:
Keith Vaz (chair)

Out-of-court disposals (OOCDs) can provide the police with simple, swift and proportionate responses to low-risk offending, which they can administer locally without having to take the matter to court. As a quick and effective means of dealing with less serious offences, they enable police officers to spend more time on frontline duties and on tackling more serious crime. Additionally, OOCDs can often represent an effective response to offending that can focus on the needs of the victim. There are currently six ways in which offences can be addressed by the police without the matter proceeding to court (excluding no further action). These are: (i) Cannabis Warnings: a formal warning from a police officer for simple possession of cannabis for personal use; (ii) Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs); (iii) Penalty Notices for Disorder (PND): an offender is offered the chance by a police officer to pay a fixed penalty of 50 or 80 to discharge liability for an offence and avoid a court appearance; (iv) Simple Cautions: a formal warning from a police officer following an admission of guilt; (v) Conditional Cautions: a caution with conditions attached. These are issued to tackle offending behaviour, provide reparation and enable compensation to be paid to victims, where appropriate. Failure to comply with the conditions will usually result in prosecution for the original offence; and (vi) Community Resolutions.

  • ISBN: 9780215083890
  • 9.00

abs-orf

Human resources management and training: compilation of good practices in statistical offices.

Corporate Author:
United Nations. Economic Commission for Europe

The Conference of European Statisticians (CES) at its plenary session in 2006 conducted a seminar on human resources and training in statistical offices. The seminar concluded that human resources and training are crucial elements for the successful fulfilment of the mission of the offices and that there was a need to continue the exchange of experience in the area of human resources and training. Hence, as a follow-up to the CES seminar, workshops on human resources management and training (HRMT) were organised in 2008, 2010 and 2012 where HRMT issues were discussed. This paper takes a forward looking approach and provides an outline of the future challenges in the area of HRMT for statistical offices. It also on the discussions at the workshop in 2012 and incorporates issues that were raised by countries, as well as information collected through a survey to CES member countries on their practices and plans in HRMT.

  • ISBN: 9789211170825
  • 31.00

Health and Safety

Health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences guidelines: consultation: seventh report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 1099.
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 13 November 2014, the Council issued draft Health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences guidelines with a closing date for responses of 18 February 2015. The guidelines are intended to replace the guideline for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death committed by organisations which was published by the Sentencing Council's predecessor body, the Sentencing Guidelines Council, in February 2010. It also proposes guidance in relation to health and safety offences not resulting in death and health and safety offences committed by individuals, and in relation to food safety offences. Existing guidance for these offences is either piecemeal or non-existent

  • ISBN: 9780215083913
  • 5.50

Science & Technology

Schedules of provisions of the IAEA regulations for the safe transport of radioactive material: specific safety guide. 2012 ed.

IAEA safety standards series SSG-33.
Corporate Author:
International Atomic Energy Agency

This Safety Guide aims to aid users of radioactive material and regulators by providing a listing of relevant requirements of the regulations (IAEA Safety Standards Series No. SSR 6) as applicable to the type of radioactive material, package or shipment. Once a consignor has properly classified the radioactive material to be shipped (following the recommendations provided in Section 2 and Fig. 1 of this Safety Guide), the appropriate UN number can be assigned and the paragraph numbers of specific requirements for shipment can be found in the corresponding schedule.

  • ISBN: 9789201042149
  • 57.00

Transport

Motoring of the future: eighth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 429.
Corporate Author:
Transport Committee
Author:
Louise Ellman (chairman)

Motoring is being transformed by new materials, new fuels and information technology. However, the Government must act if people and businesses in the UK are to obtain the full benefit of this ongoing automotive revolution. The Committee found that the Department for Transport (DfT) is yet to set out a comprehensive strategy to link the introduction of new automotive technology to the achievement of its policy goals. It should develop a comprehensive vision to shape motoring of the future in partnership with other Government Departments and agencies. This strategy needs to set out a co-ordinated set of actions to: (i) reduce or eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on the roads; (ii) cut emissions from road transport; (iii) increase road capacity; (iv) facilitate social inclusion and accessibility of road transport; and (v) support economic growth.

  • ISBN: 9780215083791
  • 11.00