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Thursday 18th December 2014

Economy

Measuring the digital economy: a new perspective.

Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

The growing role of the digital economy in daily life has heightened demand for new data and measurement tools. Internationally comparable and timely statistics combined with robust cross-country analyses are crucial to strengthen the evidence base for digital economy policy making, particularly in a context of rapid change. This report presents indicators traditionally used to monitor the information society and complements them with experimental indicators that provide insight into areas of policy interest. The key objectives of this publication are to highlight measurement gaps and propose actions to advance the measurement agenda.

  • ISBN: 9789264211308
  • 31.00

Energy

Small nuclear power: fourth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 347.
Corporate Author:
Energy and Climate Change Committee
Author:
Tim Yeo (chairman)

Small Modular Reactors are designed in a way that allows them to be manufactured at a plant and brought to site fully constructed. They have a range of useful applications, including industrial process heat, desalination or water purification, and other cogeneration applications. They could potentially have a key role to play in delivering low carbon energy at lower upfront capital cost compared to large conventional nuclear reactors but the commercial viability of SMRs remains unclear. Deployment of SMRs is likely to be achieved through sharing the costs between the public and private sector. The Committee would like to see the Government steering industry towards deploying a demonstrator SMR in the UK. Government should help to establish the right conditions for investment in SMRs, for example through supporting the regulator to bring forward approvals in the UK, and by setting out a clear view of siting options. Many of the barriers to deployment of SMRs in the UK are similar to the challenges of deploying larger conventional reactors. Small nuclear reactors will also generally raise similar questions of safety and security to those raised by large nuclear reactors. The Office for Nuclear Regulation also needs to be adequately resourced. In the longer term, Government should identify and help to establish future sources of commercial finance for the further development and industrialisation of SMRs. While current SMR designs have been predominantly developed outside the UK, there is scope for British industry to develop intellectual property and play a role in the deployment of the first SMRs

  • ISBN: 9780215080837
  • 10.00

Government

House of Commons governance: report session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 692.
Corporate Author:
House of Commons Government Committee
Author:
Jack Straw (chairman)

Identifying the best possible governance arrangements in such a complex parliamentary environment is not easy. "Governance arrangements, must enable an organisation to meet its primary purposes: they must always be a means to an end, and not an end in themselves. They must deliver clear decision-making, with a high degree of transparency and clarity, whilst incorporating appropriate levels of oversight, challenge and effective personal accountability. They must be practicable and resilient under pressure, taking account of how people behave. They must also have the support and confidence of those who operate within them. Good governance distinguishes between strategic and operational decision-making, and has mechanisms in place to ensure that those decisions are then delivered and the objectives met. Central to all governance arrangements is a focus on the achievement of the main objectives of the organisation." It is the first Member-led investigation into how the Commons itself is run for 40 years. This report sets out a package of proposals which address the immediate problem of the appointment of a new Clerk of the House and included necessary reforms to the governance of the House.

  • ISBN: 9780215080882
  • 15.50

Law & Order

Joint enterprise: follow-up: fourth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 310.
Corporate Author:
Justice Committee
Author:
Sir Alan Beith (chair)

In this Report the Committee returns to follow up the Report which was published in January 2012 (ISBN 9780215040589) on the operation of the common-law doctrine of joint enterprise, which forms part of the criminal law relating to secondary liability. The types of cases considered are those in which P and D participate together in one crime and in the course of it P commits a second crime which D had foreseen he might commit: in such cases, under joint enterprise, D may also be charged and convicted of the second offence. The Committee considers in this report the impact of the guidance for prosecutors in joint enterprise cases which the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) produced in response to one of the 2012 recommendations, taking into account statistics on murder and manslaughter cases with two or more defendants in 2012 and 2013 which the CPS also produced. The Committee concludes that the level of concern about the operation of joint enterprise, especially in murder cases, is such that it is no longer acceptable for the main authorities in the criminal justice system to give such limited attention and priority to the recording and collation of information and reommends that the Ministry of Justice establish a system to enable production of regular statistics on joint enterprise prosecutions, convictions and appeals. This report sets out a range of other concerns and questions which continue to be raised about the application of the doctrine, including the scale of use of joint enterprise, the question as to whether joint enterprise is being used as a social policy tool, the high number of Black and mixed race young men who have been convicted of joint enterprise offences. The evidence heard in this second inquiry into the subject has increased disquiet at the functioning of the law on joint enterprise and the Committee is no longer of the view that it is satisfactory for a consultation to be held on the Law Commission's previous proposals on joint enterprise.

  • ISBN: 9780215080844
  • 9.00

Transport

Procuring new trains: twnety-fourth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 674.
Corporate Author:
Committee of Public Accounts
Author:
Margaret Hodge (chairman)

The Department for Transport's decision to buy the new trains for Intercity Express and Thameslink itself has left the taxpayer bearing all the risk. The Department has no previous experience of running a procurement of this kind, let alone two with a combined value of 10.5 billion. The only way the Department can limit this risk is by requiring train operating companies to use these new trains to run their services regardless of whether they best fit the services they would like to offer. The Department could have addressed the lack of incentives that mean train operating companies do not have an interest in buying trains which minimise maintenance costs to Network Rail. Furthermore the Department's decision to take over the procurement has led to confusion over the respective roles and responsibilities of government and the industry which need to be clarified. The Intercity Express Programme was poorly managed from the outset. After Sir Andrew Foster completed a review into the value for money of Intercity Express in 2010, the original successful bidder Agility Trains came back with a revised bid that was 38% cheaper than its original one. The taxpayer could have been badly ripped off. The Department had begun the procurement without a clear idea of how many trains would be needed, which routes they would run on and what form of power would be required. In future the Department must be much more assertive in ensuring that the UK economy benefits from large public sector capital investment programmes

  • ISBN: 9780215079015
  • 5.50

Transport

Hong Kong Convention: Hong Kong International convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships, 2009 and the guidelines for its implementation. 2013 ed.

Corporate Author:
International Maritime Organization

The new Convention intends to address all the issues around ship recycling, including the fact that ships sold for scrapping may contain environmentally hazardous substances such as asbestos, heavy metals, hydrocarbons, ozone-depleting substances and others. This publication presents: the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009; six resolutions adopted at the International Conference on the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships held under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization in Hong Kong, China from 11 to 15 May, 2009; six sets of guidelines for the uniform implementation of the Conventiond developed and adopted by IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee; and background information pertaining to the entry-into-force requirements of the Convention.

  • ISBN: 9789280115109
  • 18.00

Trade

Trade profiles 2014.

Corporate Author:
World Trade Organization

Trade Profiles 2014 provides a snapshot summary of the most relevant indicators on growth, trade and trade policy measures on a country-by-country basis. The data provided include basic economic indicators (such as gross domestic product), trade policy indicators (such as tariffs, import duties, the number of disputes, notifications outstanding and contingency measures in force), merchandise trade flows (broken down by broad product categories and major origins and destinations), services trade flows (with a breakdown by major components) and industrial property indicators.

  • ISBN: 9789287039712
  • 35.00

Trade

International trade statistics 2014.

Corporate Author:
World Trade Organization

A key developments section at the start of each chapter uses charts and maps to illustrate the most important trends. More detailed data are provided in a variety of tables covering specific aspects of world trade up to the end of 2013. A chapter on methodology explains how the data are compiled. International Trade Statistics 2014 serves as an invaluable reference tool for researchers, policy makers and anyone interested in international trade.

  • ISBN: 9789287039682
  • 43.00