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  • Events on July 8, 2014
    Health service reform: NHS England and clinical commissioning groups one year on
    Starts: 16:30
    Ends: July 8, 2014 - 17:30
    Location: London
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    Macmillan Room, Portcullis House
    Contact: Tom Powell and Sarah Heath - Library subject specialists, x3666,

    This talk will provide an overview of the health service reforms introduced on 1 April 2013 and consider their impact since then. In particular, it will look at assessments of clinical commissioning groups and NHS England after their first year of responsibility for NHS services.
  • Events on July 8, 2014
    The Queen's Commonwealth: Monarchy and the End of Empire, 1945-2011
    Starts: 18:00
    Ends: July 8, 2014 - 19:00
    Location: London
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    As Glasgow prepares to host the Commonwealth Games, Professor Philip Murphy, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, explores the history and importance of the Commonwealth and asks, 'What Next?'
  • Events on July 8, 2014
    Occasional Lecture: From Crisis to Confidence – macro-economics after the crash
    Starts: 18:30
    Ends: July 8, 2014 - 19:30
    Location: London
    Description: Full details here:

    The financial crash exposed the limits of modern macro-economics. Neo-classical and new-Keynesian models did not predict the crash or the depth of the slump that followed. The missing ingredient in many economic theories is a proper theory of “confidence”. Keynes’s “animal spirits” matter, but economists have been vague about how and why. The crash and subsequent slump illustrate how “Big Players” – often, though not always, government agencies – can undermine confidence, reduce long-term investment, and reduce economic growth over a long period of time. From crisis to confidence not only describes the process through which the economy must go through before a full recovery after the financial crash, it also describes the journey that must be travelled by the discipline of economics. A theory of confidence is needed in any economic framework that is to explain one of the most important periods in modern economic history.
  • Events on July 9, 2014
    The Butterfly Defect: How Globalization Creates Systemic Risks, and What to Do about It
    Starts: 18:00
    Ends: July 9, 2014 - 19:00
    Location: London
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    Globalisation embodies both some of the greatest opportunities and some of the greatest dangers in the world today. Global hyperconnectivity and increased system integration have led to vast benefits, including worldwide growth in incomes, education, innovation, and technology. However, this represents only one side of the coin as rapid globalisation has also created concerns because the repercussions of local events now cascade over national borders and the fallout of financial meltdowns and environmental disasters affects everyone. The critical interdependence inherent in a globalised system means that many threats are structural in nature – constantly threatening to damage or even dismantle the entire delicate global framework.

    The “butterfly effect” illustrates how a ripple in one corner of the world has the potential to become amplified and create major shockwaves in another. Ian Goldin’s and Mike Mariathasan’s The Butterfly Defect: How Globalization Creates Systemic Risks, and What to Do about It builds from this conceptual starting point, identifying a growing margin between systemic risks, and the world’s ability to deal with them. In particular, The Butterfly Defect distinguishes the recent financial crisis as a watershed moment in the progression of globalisation, impressing upon us the fact that the stakes are higher today than ever.
  • Events on July 9, 2014
    Is Westminster in a fix? The run-up to the election in a Fixed Term Parliament
    Starts: 18:45
    Ends: July 9, 2014 - 19:45
    Location: London
    Description: Full details & registration here:

    This final pre-election session of Parliament is the first under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act. So what can we expect?

    • What issues are coming up? Which ones may prove controversial and why?
    • How will it affect the conduct of business at Westminster? Is it really helping pre and post election policy planning in Whitehall?
    o Should we still expect a legislative ‘wash up’ in the final days of the Parliament?
    o What impact might it have on the role and work of select committees?
    o Can we expect any progress with Private Members Bills?
    • And what of the political parties – is it affecting how they approach the general election campaign?
    • And with all this in mind, will the coalition last until dissolution on 30 March 2015?
    • Are the public aware of the changes? Does it matter to them that the date of the next election is fixed?

    • Mark D’Arcy – Parliamentary Correspondent, BBC
    • Deborah Mattinson – Founder, BritainThinks
    • Professor Lord Norton
    • Dr Ruth Fox – Director and Head of Research, Hansard Society

    Chair: Rt Hon Lord Grocott – Chair, Hansard Society
  • Events on July 14, 2014
    Come and Celebrate A Taste of Hastings
    Starts: 11:00
    Ends: July 14, 2014 - 14:30
    Location: Jubilee Room
    Description: Amber Rudd MP invites you to join her in celebrating the wonderful local food and drink from Hastings and Rye! Sample some of Hastings’ finest local produce and learn more about the area’s successful businesses.
  • Events on July 15, 2014
    POST/RCUK Exhibition 2014 - reception
    Starts: 16:00
    Ends: July 15, 2014 - 17:45
    Location: London
    Description: Full details here:

    The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and Research Councils UK (RCUK) would like to invite you to an interactive exhibition about the latest developments in UK Big Data research.

    There has been an unprecedented increase in the quantity and variety of data generated, with an estimated 90% of all the world’s data being produced in the past two years. This has led to the term ‘Big Data’, which typically describes large or complex datasets that cannot be readily stored and analysed using conventional computers and databases. RCUK is investing £189 million in unlocking the potential of Big Data, providing new insights ranging from health and food security, to the development and evaluation of Government policy.

    This reception will give attendees the opportunity to explore exhibits on major UK Big Data projects and to speak to leading researchers about their work, while enjoying afternoon tea
  • Events on July 15, 2014
    Westminster Hall Summer Fayre
    Starts: 17:00
    Ends: July 15, 2014 - 20:00
    Location: London
    Description: An evening of shopping, product tastings, refreshments and music in Westminster Hall.
  • Events on July 17, 2014
    IEA Hosts: A Discussion with Art Laffer: Are International Taxes at a Tipping Point?
    Starts: 12:00
    Ends: July 17, 2014 - 13:30
    Location: London
    Description: Full details here:

    Renowned American economist Dr. Art Laffer leads a lunchtime discussion looking at international economic and fiscal trends. Laffer will examine what is driving governments to increase excise taxes and the impact of these increases on government revenue, consumer demand and private sector growth.

    Recognized by Time Magazine in 1999 as one of “The Great Minds of the Century,” Laffer is best known for the Laffer curve, an illustration of the theory that there exists a tax rate between 0% and 100% that will result in maximum tax revenue for governments.

    The event will start with a lunch and Professor Laffer will start speaking at 12.30pm sharp. There will be an opportunity for Q&A and the event will finish at 1.30pm promptly.
  • Events on July 18, 2014
    PUBLIC BILL SEMINAR - Engaging with legislation
    Starts: 14:00
    Ends: July 18, 2014 - 16:00
    Location: Liverpool
    Description: Interested in how people can get their voices heard on proposed new legislation at Parliament?

    Join us for a free event at Quakers’ Meeting House, School Lane, Liverpool on Friday 18th July, 2-4pm demonstrating how you can best engage with MPs and Lords to get your views across on current legislation going through Parliament.

    Meet experts from the Houses of Parliament and find out:
    • How a bill progresses through Parliament
    • What select committees do and how they work
    • Where to find authoritative information online
    • How to engage with bills going through Parliament and improve campaigning

    To book e-mail: or call 020 7219 1650

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