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Thursday 23rd October 2014

Culture & Tourism

International representation and promotion of Wales by UK bodies: second report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 337.
Corporate Author:
Welsh Affairs Committee
Author:
David T.C. Davies (chairman)

This report calls on VisitBritain and Visit Wales to jointly develop, by February 2015, a coherent strategy for promoting Wales as a first choice destination for international visitors to the UK. While the current number of international tourists to Wales remains below pre-2006 levels, there is substantial potential for growth in Wales' tourism market. Wales has some of the most spectacular landscape in Britain and Europe, a unique culture, language and history, dynamic cities, and offers a range of activities and a high quality of life. Wales' potential as a tourist destination is being undersold and there is concern that Wales still has a low profile overseas compared to other parts of the UK The tourism bodies Wales need to grasp this opportunity and maximise Wales' potential as a destination. UKTI should be mandated to begin to address the great disparities in wealth and investment across the UK, and the Committee calls for a dedicated Welsh trade promotion agency, to drive inward investment into Wales. Wales has masses of unfulfilled potential for increasing tourism. The responsible agencies in Cardiff and London and the respective Ministers need to work together more to maximise opportunities

  • ISBN: 9780215078315
  • 12.00

Defence

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill (HL).

House of Commons bills (2014-15) - 102.

This Bill creates a Service Complaints Ombudsman to replace the existing Service Complaints Commissioner. The Ombudsman will be appointed by Her Majesty on the recommendation of the Defence Secretary. It sets out the framework for the redress of service complaints including who can make a complaint and how complaints will be investigated (both internally within the armed forces and, if necessary, by the Ombudsman) and introduces a reformed and streamlined appeals process. It also gives the new Ombudsman powers in relation to the complaints system. The detail of the complaints procedure will, as now, largely be set out in secondary legislation and the Bill includes powers to set out in regulations the details governing the reformed complaints system (including on the admissibility of complaints, eligibility of decision-makers, requirements relating to independent decision-making and procedural matters in relation to Ombudsman investigations). Provision is also made for the continuation of certain functions currently exercised by the Service Complaints Commissioner: the referral of allegations into the service complaints system, the right to be notified of the progress of those complaints and a duty to prepare an annual report on the system to the Secretary of State which is then laid before Parliament. Included is a power to make payments to charities, benevolent organisations and others for the benefit of the armed forces community.

  • ISBN: 9780215077301
  • 4.00

Environment

Waste management in England: fourth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 241.
Corporate Author:
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Author:
Anne McIntosh (chairman)

The Government must act to increase recycling rates across England by 2020. It also needs to be ensured that only genuinely residual waste is sent to energy-from-waste plants and to do more to encourage the use of heat outputs from such facilities to improve the overall energy efficiency of this waste management method. Defra 'stepped back' from waste management at a time when we need both a more ambitious approach to waste management and stronger Government leadership to drive up static recycling rates in England and make better use of energy recovery options such as local heating for homes. Ministers must now show that waste policy remains an important priority. On a household level there is too much confusion about what can or can't be recycled - and very little confidence in the process. Communication must improve and be tailored to local circumstances by local authorities, but Defra should provide support at a national level - particularly in relation to common issues and problems. The Committee calls for clear guidance from Defra on how much waste treatment capacity is needed in England to gain an optimal balance between the export of refuse-derived fuel and local treatment. MPs support the use of anaerobic digestion for processing waste, but not for use with purpose-grown crops. More work is also needed to address the issues surrounding separate food waste collections. MPs also call on the Government take action to curb the frequent occurrence of fires at waste management sites

  • ISBN: 9780215078322
  • 10.00

Government

The centre of government: ninteenth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 107.
Corporate Author:
Committee of Public Accounts
Author:
Margaret Hodge (chairman)

A strong and effective centre of government is vital for the effective operation of government as a whole and for ensuring a focus on improved value for money for the taxpayer. However, there is a lack of clarity about the centre's precise role, particularly the respective responsibilities of the Cabinet Office, HM Treasury and the Prime Minister's Office (Number 10), and how they work together as a coherent centre. The centre sometimes intervenes to address issues with high-priority government programmes, but has too often failed to do so effectively or at an early enough stage. In part, this is because the centre does not have a joined-up single view of strategic risks across government, meaning it is often reactive in its response rather than able to anticipate potentially serious problems. There are gaps in key skills at the centre and across departments, such as financial management capability and contracting expertise, which are compounded because government repeatedly fails to learn lessons and share good practice from past experience. The Government announced that the roles of Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service will be combined, and there will be a new Chief Executive post at the centre of government. Implementing these changes may provide an opportunity to make progress on the role of the centre

  • ISBN: 9780215078339
  • 6.50

Health

Compendium of innovative health technologies for low-resource settings: assistive devices, eHealth solutions, medical devices.

Corporate Author:
World Health Organization

One of the cornerstones of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) initiative is access to essential medicines and health technologies. Medical devices, assistive devices and eHealth solutions are important components of health technology, which have the potential to save lives and improve quality of life and well-being. However, too many people worldwide suffer because they don't have access to high quality, affordable health technology with the problem being more acute in low- and middle-income countries. The objective of the compendium series of innovative medical devices, assistive devices and eHealth solutions is to provide a neutral platform for technologies which are likely to be suitable for use in less resourced settings. It presents a snapshot of several health technologies which might have the potential to improve health outcomes and the quality of life, or to offer a solution to an unmet medical/health technology need. It is released to acknowledge some success stories and at the same time, to raise awareness of the pressing need for appropriate and affordable design solutions and to encourage more innovative efforts in the field.

  • ISBN: 9789241564731
  • 35.00

Health

Safe management of wastes from health-care activities. 2nd ed.

Corporate Author:
World Health Organization
Author:
Y. Chartier (editor)

This is the second edition of the World Health Organization (WHO) handbook on the safe, sustainable and affordable management of health-care waste - commonly known as "the Blue Book". The original Blue Book was a comprehensive publication used widely in health-care centres and government agencies to assist in the adoption of national guidance. It also provided support to committed medical directors and managers to make improvements and presented practical information on waste-management techniques for medical staff and waste workers. In many countries, knowledge about the potential for harm from health-care wastes has now become more prominent to governments, medical practitioners and civil society. Increasingly, managers and medical staff are expected to take more responsibility for the wastes they produce from their medical care and related activities. The indiscriminate and erratic handling and disposal of waste within health-care facilities is now widely recognized as a source of avoidable infection, and is synonymous with public perception of poor standards of health care.

  • ISBN: 9789241548564
  • 90.00

Health

Development difficulties in early childhood: prevention, early identification, assessment and intervention in low- and middle-income countries: a review.

Corporate Author:
World Health Organization

Despite long experience in fighting childhood illness and mortality, health care providers in LAMI countries face new challenges in promoting child development. There is, nevertheless, a wealth of information on this topic, generated by researchers and clinicians working in resource poor conditions. This review therefore compiles the wealth of information that has already accumulated in a systematic framework that can be used by health care providers in LAMI countries. In this review, the term "developmental difficulties" is used to refer to a range of difficulties experienced by infants and young children, including developmental delay in the areas of cognitive, language, social-emotional, behavioural and neuromotor development. It includes information from low- and middle-income countries on the conceptualization, epidemiology, prevention, detection, assessment and early management of the broad spectrum of developmental risk factors and developmental difficulties in children aged 3 years and under.

  • ISBN: 9789241503549
  • 26.00

Health

WHO guidelines for screening and treatment of precancerous lesions for cervical cancer prevention.

Corporate Author:
World Health Organization

Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) is a premalignant lesion that may exist at any one of three stages: CIN1, CIN2, or CIN3. If left untreated, CIN2 or CIN3 (collectively referred to as CIN2+) can progress to cervical cancer. Instead of screening and diagnosis by the standard sequence of cytology, colposcopy, biopsy, and histological confirmation of CIN, an alternative method is to use a "screen-and-treat" approach in which the treatment decision is based on a screening test and treatment is provided soon or, ideally, immediately after a positive screening test. Available screening tests include a human papillomavirus (HPV) test, visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA), and cytology (Pap test). Available treatments include cryotherapy, large loop excision of the transformation zone (LEEP/LLETZ), and cold knife conization (CKC). This guideline provides recommendations for strategies for a screen-and-treat programme. It builds upon the existing WHO guidelines: Use of cryotherapy for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (published in 2011) and on the new WHO guidelines for treatment of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 2/3 and glandular adenocarcinoma in situ (being published concomitantly with these present guidelines). This guideline is intended primarily for policy-makers, managers, programme officers, and other professionals in the health sector who have responsibility for choosing strategies for cervical cancer prevention, at country, regional and district levels.

  • ISBN: 9789241548694
  • 35.00

Law & Order

Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill

House of Lords bills (2014-15) - 47.

The Bill makes provision about civil liability for negligence and for certain breaches of a statutory duty. At present a court considering a claim in negligence must determine whether the defendant acted reasonably, taking into account all the circumstances of the case. A substantial body of case law has established the kinds of factors which might be relevant to such determinations. In addition section 1 of the Compensation Act 2006 confirms that, in considering what was necessary to meet the standard of care in a particular case, the court can look at whether a particular requirement might prevent a desirable activity being carried out to any extent or discourage people from undertaking functions in relation to it. The provisions of the Bill do not change this overarching framework but require a court which is determining what was required to meet the standard of care in a specific case to have regard to the matters mentioned in clauses 2 to 4 of the Bill. The Bill does not preclude the court from having regard to any other relevant factors or from deciding what weight to give to each of those matters in determining whether the standard of care has been met. The Bill forms part of the Coalition Government's wider programme to encourage participation in civil society and the Coalition Agreement contained a specific commitment to "take a range of measures to encourage volunteering and involvement in social action".

  • ISBN: 9780108555527
  • 3.00

Social Issues

Report on tackling social housing tenancy fraud in Northern Ireland: together with the minutes of proceeding of the Committee relating to the report and the minutes of evidence: twenty-fourth report.

Northern Ireland Assembly reports - 197/11-16.
Author:
Michaela Boyle (chairperson)

Housing tenancy fraud is the use of social housing by someone who is not entitled to it or does not need it. Frauds include sub letting for profit, providing false information in a housing application and abandoning the property with no one living there. Tenancy fraud impacts on some of the most vulnerable homeless families, depriving them of a decent home and creates significant additional cost for the taxpayer in providing temporary accommodation andin building additional new social homes. The Committee considers that Northern Ireland's social housing providers have been slow to react to the increased recognition of tenancy fraud in GB. In part, this is a result of the failure of the Department for Social Development (the Department) to provide the necessary leadership in getting to grips with social housing tenancy fraud in Northern Ireland. However, the Committee takes some comfort from the range of measures that are now being proposed by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) and Northern Ireland housing associations, to proactively tackle tenancy fraud

  • ISBN: 9780339605404
  • 16.00