Welcome to the latest edition of the newsletter which brings you a selection of new sites added to SOSIG the Social Science Information Gateway in the last week. Remember that you can consult a full list at http://www.sosig.ac.uk/
Foreign Affairs: Nineth Report: The Decision to Go To War in Iraq
This site provides access to the full text of the Foreign Affairs Select committee report which was published as HC813 session 2002-3 in July 2003. ISBN 0105011627. It discusses issues relating to the British government's decision to enter into conflict against Saddam Hussein and Iraq in 2003. A particular focus are the justifications for war, including whether Prime Minster Tony Blair and 'spin doctors' such as Alistair Campbell 'sexed up' or exaggerated the security threats from a Iraq. It includes an assessment of the claims made in a number of government dossiers about Iraq's holdings of weapons of mass destruction and the general handling of intelligence information by the government. The site also provides access to minutes of oral evidence given to the Committee.
Unproven: The Controversy Over Justifying War in Iraq
Author(s): Cortright, David
Description: This site provides access to a paper by David Cortright et al which was published in June 2003 by the Fourth Freedom Forum.
Ministry of Defence: First reflections on the Operations in Iraq.
For further materials on spin doctors : see our political communication section at: http://www.sosig.ac.uk/roads/subject-listing/World-cat/polcom.html
Education Fifth report; The Future of Higher Education
This site provides access to the full text of the report by the House of commons Education and Skills Select Committee which was published as HC 425 session 2002-3. ISBN 0215011600. It considers a range of issues relating to the future management and development of HE in the Uk. This includes consideration of research funding, academic pay and salaries, the relationship between higher education and business, university funding, student debts and the future expansion of HE through foundation degrees and other qualifications in the Further Education sector. Minutes of evidence relating to the report are also accessible.
UK Election Statistics 1945-2003
Description: This site provides access to House of Commons Research paper 03/59. It contains summaries of the results of UK general elections from 1945-2003 and more detailed individual breakdowns of the results from all general, local and by-elections from 1997-2003. Other statistics available include information on voter turnout, postal voting and the numbers of women and ethnic minority mps elected since 1945
In Place of Bevan? Briefing on the Health and Social Care Community Health and Standards Bill 2003
Author: Price, David; Pollock, Allyson
Description: This site provides access to the full text of a discussion paper by Allyson Pollock and David Price which was published by Catalyst in July 2003. It discusses the Community Health and Standards Bill 2003 which makes provision for the creation of NHS Foundation Trusts in England. Criticisms are made of whether the safeguards built into the bill will protect a free and universally accessible NHS.
Government's Response To The Health Committee's Second report of Session 2002-03 Into NHS Foundation Trusts HC 395
National Security Bureau; Hong Kong
Description: This is the official web site of the National Security Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong which is concerned with maintaining national security and law and order in the region. Its English language web site gives details of the role of the department and its current activities. It includes access to recent government press releases, ministerial speeches, consultation papers and full text legislation. Topics covered include: national security, the maintenance of civil order, regulation of the security industries, counter-terrorism, action against smuggling, crime, illegal immigration and drugs.
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