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Phosphate Resources

Categories: Africa,Agriculture/Rural Issues,China,Food/Nutrition,Great Britain,Science/Technology

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-477.pdf

Describes the importance of phosphates for food security, the location of dwindling reserves, and ways in which dependence on mineral reserves could be reduced. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Baby Names in England and Wales, 2013

Categories: Births/Deaths,Great Britain

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_374269.pdf

And the winners are:  Oliver and Amelia.  Amelia has been number one since 2011while Oliver displaced Harry, the top male name in 2011 and 2012.  Covers the top ten names.  From the Office of National Statistics

 

Alternative Currencies

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Taxes

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-475.pdf

Outlines the different types and aims of these currencies, describes how alternative currencies are being used, and includes regulatory and policy challenges regarding consumer protection, financial crime and taxation and benefits.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Internet Access: Households and Individuals 2014

Categories: Great Britain,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_373584.pdf

Statistics on the trend in Internet use in the United Kingdom.  Over three quarters of adults in Great Britain used the Internet every day in 2014 with 68% using a mobile phone, portable computer or handheld device to access the Internet on the go.  From the Office of National Statistics

 

Big Data and Public Health

Categories: Great Britain,Health/Medical,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-474.pdf

Examines the current and potential uses for big data in health improvement and the legal and practical issues raised by data use for public health or research purposes.  One of a series of Big Data studies released by this organization. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Crime in England and Wales: Year Ending March 2014

Categories: Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Statistics

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_371127.pdf

Roundup of statistics on crime for the year.  Covers an estimated 7.3 million crimes, down 14% from the previous year.   From the Office of National Statistics

 

Public Expenditure: Statistical Analyses 2014

Categories: Govt Finance,Great Britain,Statistics

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/330717/PESA_2014_-_print.pdf

Detailed treatment of British government budgetary accounts.  Command Paper Cm 8902

 

Smart Metering of Energy and Water

Categories: Energy,Great Britain,Science/Technology

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-471.pdf

The British government plans to distribute smart meters for electricity and gas to all households in Britain by the end of 2020.  This note examines the potential benefits and risks associated with smart metering of both water and energy and the challenges for the roll-out.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

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