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Monday 30 March 2015

Agriculture

CAP payments to farmers: tenth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 1143.
Corporate Author:
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Author:
Anne McIntosh (chairman)

On 19 March the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) announced an abrupt change of policy on how farmers must make Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications under the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) introduced this year. Reversing the firm stance taken by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the RPA that applications must be made online only: claims are now to be submitted on paper. On 25 March, the Committee took oral evidence from Defra's Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, and the RPA Chief Executive, Mark Grimshaw, asking both to explain the reasons for this sudden U turn and to identify its implications for farmers and the public purse. With the dissolution of Parliament imminent, this report sets out our immediate conclusions and identifies a number of questions which must be addressed by Defra and the RPA as a matter of urgency.

  • ISBN: 9780215085764
  • £5.50

Construction

Strategic framework for the efficient management of healthcare estates and facilities. Addendum 1: A guide to the healthcare system in England for local planning authorities.

Health building note (Core elements) HBN 00-08 Addendum 1.
Corporate Author:
Department of Health. Estates and Facilities Division

This short guide aims to: Give local planning authorities (LPAs) an overview of the health system in England and the role of local authorities in promoting health and wellbeing; Highlight the key principles in the NPPF and PPG that form a basis upon which LPAs can interact with DsPH, NHS organisations and HWBs; Show that the return of public health responsibilities to local authorities reinforces the scope to integrate health objectives and spatial planning.

  • ISBN: 9780113230129
  • £15.00

Construction

Strategic framework for the efficient management of healthcare estates and facilities. Addendum 2: A guide to town planning for health organisations.

Health building note (Core elements) HBN 00-08 Addendum 2.
Corporate Author:
Department of Health. Estates and Facilities Division

This document aims to: Highlight a number of challenges for health and wellbeing and planning; Outline the planning system in England; Identify some key areas where planning is likely to have an impact on public health and health services; and; Encourage health organisations together with DsPH to get involved in the planning process and ensure the health needs and priorities of the community are addressed by the planning system from planning policy development through to planning applications

  • ISBN: 9780113230136
  • £15.00

Development

DFID's bilateral programme in Nepal: fourteenth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 854.
Corporate Author:
International Development Committee
Author:
Malcolm Bruce (chairman)

Nepal has the potential to make great economic progress if it can overcome the barriers which have held it back for so long. Hydro-schemes could transform the economy and there are huge opportunities for tourism in a country of great beauty which lies between the huge markets of India and China. Nepal has made impressive progress towards meeting many of the MDGs, particularly in health. The economy has grown, as remittances have increased from Nepalis working overseas. Yet Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and faces many challenges, which have held it back, including corruption, poor infrastructure, and political instability. Nepal is also one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, facing the challenges of earthquakes and the effects of climate change. DFID Nepal's budget has increased significantly in recent years. DFID claims that this has meant that over the last four years it has been able to have a major impact, including building or maintaining over 4,000km of roads in remote areas; providing over 350,000 people with safe latrines; improving the livelihoods of nearly 500,000 people through work on forestry; and making over 3 million people better able to withstand the effects of climate change and natural disasters.

  • ISBN: 9780215085788
  • £12.00

Development

Geographical distribution of financial flows to developing countries 2015: disbursements, commitments, country indicators 2009-2013.

Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Development Assistance Committee

This publication provides comprehensive data on the volume, origin and types of aid and other resource flows to around 150 developing countries. The data show each country's intake of official development assistance and well as other official and private funds from members of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), multilateral agencies and other key donors. Key development indicators are given for reference.

  • ISBN: 9789264226425
  • £87.00

Employment

Blacklisting in employment: final report: seventh report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 272.
Corporate Author:
Scottish Affairs Committee
Author:
Ian Davidson (chairman)

The Committee says a voluntary code of conduct to eradicate the practice of blacklisting in the future is insufficient, and a statutory code of practice is required. Although the Committee is highly critical of the scheme and casts doubt over the motivations behind it, it does acknowledge that it is only those eight companies who set up the scheme - out of the 30 known to have used the services of The Consulting Agency (TCA) that ran the blacklisting service - who have taken any steps at all to remedy the sins of the past. The Committee identifies a series of flaws in the scheme, including: It was launched without the agreement of the trade unions (and its launch attempted to mask that fact); the low levels of compensation being offered; the fact that those participating in the High Court litigation are not eligible to access the scheme; the scheme's failure to incorporate any type of positive action measures to upskill and re-employ the victims of blacklisting. In this final report the Committee identified that many questions in relation to the practice of blacklisting remain unanswered, including the recent allegations in relation to police and security service involvement in blacklisting in the construction and other sectors. The Committee is specifically concerned as to whether the extent and breadth of the practice is fully known, and whether this odious practice is ongoing within the construction industry. The Committee is convinced that the only way to fully answer these questions is through a full Public Inquiry and it recommends that the Government take immediate steps to launch one.

  • ISBN: 9780215085597
  • £10.00

Employment

Fit mind, fit job: from evidence to practice in mental health and work.

Mental health and work
Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

The costs of mental ill-health for individuals, employers and society at large are enormous. Mental illness is responsible for a very significant loss of potential labour supply, high rates of unemployment, and a high incidence of sickness absence and reduced productivity at work. Following an introductory report (Sick on the Job: Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work) and nine country reports, this final synthesis report summarizes the findings from the participating countries and makes the case for a stronger policy response.

  • ISBN: 9789264220911
  • £45.00

Employment

Investing in youth: Tunisia: strengthening the employability of youth during the transition to a green economy.

Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This report provides a detailed diagnosis of the youth labour market in Tunisia, including a focus on vocational education and training and entrepreneurship, and within the context of Tunisia's transition to a green economy. The report takes an international comparative perspective, offering policy options to help improve school-to-work transitions. It also provides an opportunity for other countries to learn from the innovative measures that Tunisia has taken to strengthen the skills of youth and their employment outcomes.

  • ISBN: 9789264190825
  • £49.00

Energy

Policy guidance for investment in clean energy infrastructure: expanding access to clean energy for green growth and development.

Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

This publication provides host country governments with guidance on the policy options that are available to make the most of investment opportunities in clean energy infrastructure, drawing on the expertise of climate and investment communities among others. It identifies key issues in investment policy, investment promotion and facilitation, competition, financial markets, and public governance. It also addresses cross-cutting issues, including the implications of regional co-operation and of international trade for investment in clean energy infrastructure.

  • ISBN: 9789264212657
  • £27.00

Finance

Press briefing of the FCA's Business Plan for 2014/15: thirteenth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 881.
Corporate Author:
Treasury Committee
Author:
Andrew Tyrie (chairman)

On the evening of 27 March 2014, the Daily Telegraph published an article on its website describing a forthcoming thematic review by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) into the life insurance market. The same story appeared in the print edition of the Telegraph the following day. The story, based on an advance briefing given by the FCA to the Telegraph earlier that week, gave a misleading impression of the scope of the life insurance review, and was published before the FCA had made any official announcement of its own. When the markets opened on 28 March, the share prices of several leading life insurers began to fall heavily. Only when the FCA published a clarifying statement about the scope of the review - several hours later that day - did share prices begin to recover. On the day following the publication of the Telegraph article, the Chairman of this Committee called for a "full and transparent explanation about how such an apparently serious mistake came to be made by our financial services watchdog the body appointed by Parliament to enforce high standards of conduct". Simon Davis, Partner at Clifford Chance LLP, was subsequently appointed to conduct an investigation, and reported his findings in December 2014. The Committee records its thanks to Mr Davis for undertaking this work and for the evidence he gave to it.

  • ISBN: 9780215084354
  • £14.50

Government

Legacy report: ninth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 1130.
Corporate Author:
Scottish Affairs Committee
Author:
Ian Davidson (chairman)

In this report the Committee has set out key elements of its work over the 2010-15 Parliament. The Committee believes that it is crucial that select committees follow up their work and do not simply see the publication of a report as the end of the process of scrutiny. Scrutiny should not end with the Dissolution of Parliament. The Scottish Government was clear that the 2014 referendum on independence would be a once generation event, but that does not mean that the relationship between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom will remain unchanged. The recommendations of the Smith Agreement will be implemented during the course of the next Parliament. The major package of legislation, and the revised fiscal framework that will accompany it, will require careful and detailed scrutiny, as will any proposals to go further that the Smith Commission envisaged.

  • ISBN: 9780215085665
  • £6.50

Government

Inter-governmental relations in the United Kingdom: 11th report of session 2014-15.

House of Lords papers (2014-15) - 146.
Corporate Author:
Select Committee on the Constitution

The Committee investigated how the UK Government and the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland interact. The main forum for these relations is the Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC). The report labels the communiqués published after plenary JMC meetings between the leadership of each administration "bland and uninformative". The Committee states that the dates, venues and agenda items of JMC meetings should be announced further in advance and additional information should be published after the meetings. The Committee makes recommendations to enable greater parliamentary scrutiny of inter-governmental relations, including stating that government departments should detail in their annual reports their engagement with the devolved administrations.

  • ISBN: 9780108557934
  • £13.50

Health

Code of practice: Mental Health Act 1983. 2015 revision.

Corporate Author:
Department of Health. Welsh Office.

Since the last Mental Health Act 1983: Code of Practice was introduced in 2008 there have been substantial changes and updates in legislation, policy, case law, and professional practice. This revised Code reflects and embeds developments since then in areas including the use of restrictive interventions, seclusion, use of police powers to detain people in places of safety, and the use of community treatment orders. This Code of Practice provides statutory guidance to registered medical practitioners, approved clinicians, managers and staff of providers, and approved mental health professionals on how they should carry out functions under the Mental Health Act ('the Act') in practice. It is statutory guidance for registered medical practitioners and other professions in relation to the medical treatment of patients suffering from mental disorder. The guidance given in this Code of Practice to local authorities and their staff is statutory guidance given under section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970. The aforementioned people to whom the Code is addressed must have regard to the Code. It is important that these persons have training on the Code and ensure that they are familiar with its requirements. As departures from the Code could give rise to legal challenge. The Code contains a chapter that gives guidance on the effect of the Act on the powers of donees of lasting power of attorney (attorneys) and court appointed deputies under the Mental Capacity Act 2005

  • ISBN: 9780113230068
  • £21.50

Health

Investigating clinical incidents in the NHS: sixth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 886.
Corporate Author:
Public Administration Select Committee
Author:
Bernard Jenkin (chairman)

PASC is inquiring into how incidents of clinical failure in the NHS are investigated - and how subsequent complaints are handled. The Committee is considering ways that untoward clinical incidents could be investigated immediately at a local level, so that facts and evidence are established early, without the need to find blame, and regardless of whether a complaint has been raised. It is hoped that this work will reduce the need for complaints to go to the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman (PHSO), whose main role relates to administrative and service failures in the NHS in England.

  • ISBN: 9780215085757
  • £14.50

Social Issues

Care services for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour: fifty-first report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 973.
Corporate Author:
Committee of Public Accounts
Author:
Margaret Hodge (chairman)

The Winterbourne View scandal in 2011 exposed the horrific abuse of people with learning difficulties and challenging behaviour in a private mental health hospital. Concerns were also raised about a number of other institutions. As a result, the Government committed to discharging those individuals for whom it was appropriate back into their homes and communities. However, since then, too many children and adults have continued to go into mental health hospitals, and to stay there unnecessarily, because of the lack of community alternatives. The number of people with learning disabilities remaining in hospital has not fallen, and has remained broadly the same at around 3,200. It was refreshing that NHS England took responsibility for this lack of progress and has now committed to develop a closure programme for large NHS mental health hospitals, along with a transition plan for the people with learning disabilities within these hospitals, from 2016-17. Discharges from hospital are being delayed because funding does not follow the individual when they are discharged into the community. This acts as a financial disincentive for local commissioners who have to bear the costs and responsibility for planning and commissioning community services. Delaying discharge has the effect of institutionalising people, making their reintegration into the community more difficult. Some local authorities' reluctance to accept and fund individuals in the community will be exacerbated by current financial constraints. The Department should set out its proposals for 'dowry-type' payments from NHS England to meet the costs of supporting people discharged from hospital.

  • ISBN: 9780215085641
  • £6.50