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Friday 19th December 2014

Agriculture

Forest products annual market review 2013-2014.

Geneva timber and forest study paper 36.
Corporate Author:
United Nations. Economic Commission for Europe. Timber Section. Food and Agriculture Organization

The UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2013-2014 provides general and statistical information on forest products markets and related policies in the UN Economic Commission for Europe region (Europe, North America and the Commonwealth of Independent States). The Review begins with an overview chapter, followed by analysis of government and industry policies and market-based implements affecting forest products markets. The third chapter is on innovation in the forest sector. Five chapters are based on annual country-supplied statistics, describing: wood raw materials, sawn softwood, sawn hardwood, wood-based panels, and paper, paperboard and woodpulp. Additional chapters discuss markets for wood energy, value-added wood products, and housing. In each chapter, production, trade and consumption are analysed and relevant material on specific markets is included. Tables and graphs provided throughout the text present summary information.

  • ISBN: 9789211170818
  • 34.00

Development

Responses to the Ebola crisis: eighth report of session 2014-15.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 876.
Corporate Author:
International Development Committee
Author:
Malcolm Bruce (chairman)

The Ebola outbreak that has stricken Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since March 2014 has had a devastating effect on the region. By 2 December 2014, more than 17,500 cases and 6,000 deaths had been reported. Ebola has had wider damaging consequences for local economies, food security, institutional stability and the broader health system. The House of Commons International Development Committee says DfID and the World Health Organisation initially failed to recognise the scale and severity of the Ebola crisis and were too slow to respond. This is in part due the WHO's member states, who have cut its funding and failed to emphasise building sustainable health systems in developing countries, leaving the global health system "dangerously inadequate" for responding to health emergencies. It recommends that DfID press for a review of the international approach to health emergencies, incorporating the function, structure and funding of the World Health Organisation and the role and expectations of major donors.

  • ISBN: 9780215080899
  • 6.50

Education & Training

A skills beyond school review of Israel.

OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training
Author:
Pauline Musset, Field Kuczera, Simon Kuczera

Higher level vocational education and training (VET) programmes are facing rapid change and intensifying challenges. This report on Israel examines what type of training is needed to meet the needs of a changing economy, how programmes should be funded, how theyshould be linked to academic and university programmes and how employers and unions can be engaged. The country reports in this series look at these and other questions. They form part of Skills beyond School, the OECD policy review of postsecondary vocational education and training.

  • ISBN: 9789264210752
  • 26.00

Government

Queen's and Prince of Wales's consent: fourth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 871.
Corporate Author:
Procedure Committee
Author:
Charles Walker (chairman)

The House of Lords has already approved proposals from its Procedure Committee for change. In this report the Committee considered the relevant proposals from the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee and made a number of recommendations to the House on the means and timing of signifying consent, and re-signification of consent for a bill carried over into a new session. Specifically, the Committee recommend that: the House should endorse the practice that consent need not be re-signified when a bill is carried over from one session to the next; the practice of consent being signified in person by a Privy Counsellor should be continued; consent, whenever a bill requires it, should always be signified on third reading; and the House should endorse the practice that the need for consent to be sought be noted on the order paper as soon as this requirement is known.

  • ISBN: 9780215080868
  • 5.50

Planning

Pre-appointment hearing with the Government's preferred candidate for the post of Housing Ombudsman: fifth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 877.
Corporate Author:
Communities and Local Government Committee
Author:
Clive Betts (chairman)

On 16 December 2014 the Committee held a pre-appointment hearing with the Government's preferred canditate for the post of Housing Ombudsman, Denise Fowler. On the basis of the evidence provided at this hearing, the Committee concluded that she is a very suitable candidate for the post. In the Commitee view, however, to be independent of central government she cannot remain a civil servant and she should resign form the Civil Service before taking up the post. The Housing Ombudsman administers the Housing Ombudsman Scheme. The purpose of the Scheme is for tenants and other individuals to have complaints about members investigated by a Housing Ombudsman. The Scheme states that the role of the Ombudsman is to resolve disputes involving members of the Scheme, including making awards of compensation or other remedies when appropriate, as well as to support effective landlord-tenent dispute resolution by others.

  • ISBN: 9780215080905
  • 9.00

Trade

Services profiles 2014.

Corporate Author:
World Trade Organization

Services Profiles 2014 provides key statistics on "infrastructure services", i.e. transportation, telecommunications, finance and insurance, for some 150 economies. The information is derived from multiple sources, such as national accounts, employment statistics, balance of payments statistics, foreign affiliates' trade in services statistics, foreign direct investment statistics and quantitative indicators largely sourced from international/regional organizations and specialized bodies. The profiles reflect data as contained in the WTO's Integrated Trade Intelligence Portal (I-TIP) services database as of July 2014.

  • ISBN: 9789287039774
  • 31.00

Trade

World tariff profiles 2014.

Corporate Author:
World Trade Organization

World Tariff Profiles 2014 provides a unique collection of data on tariffs imposed by WTO members and other countries. It is jointly published by the WTO, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The first part of the publication provides summary tables showing the average tariffs imposed by individual countries. The second part provides a more detailed table for each country, listing the tariffs it imposes on imports (by product group) as well as the tariffs it faces for exports to major trading partners. The profiles show the maximum tariff rates that are legally bound; in the WTO and the rates that countries actually apply. This edition of World Trade Profiles has anti-dumping measures as its special topic, and includes a compilation of frequently asked questions.

  • ISBN: 9789287039743
  • 38.00