Archives for February 19th, 1999

GOVERNMENT PANEL CALLS FOR RULES ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 February, 1999

The British Government Panel on Sustainable Development has called for the Government to prepare a comprehensive strategy on both the agricultural and medical uses of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).It is embarrassing timing for the Government, given the current assertions from the Prime Minister himself that food so modified is safe.

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DOBSON WOOS NHS LUDDITES

Headlines, PublicNet: 19 February, 1999

Health Secretary Frank Dobson has tried to reverse the emerging tend for seeing new technology principally as a drain on NHS resources.He told a conference in York: “New technology is sometimes portrayed as a threat to the future of the Health Service – but that’s either by pessimists, economists or right wing commentators who have always said our country can’t afford the NHS. In fact, new technology promises a better Health Service.”

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EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC SECTOR ASSETS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 19 February, 1999

Bond S, Dent P Journal of Property Valuation & Investment, (UK), Vol 16 No 4 98 Start page: 369. No of pages: 17Reviews the literature of public sector asset valuation based on registers, to plan purchase and sale of property; to minimize rates; and to ensure proper costing of in-house bids for contracts. Explains how property assets are represented in local government accounts (either profit based or based on socially responsible property management), focusing on conflicting rules, classification issues, and valuation criteria, citing New Zealand practice. Outlines the replacement cost approach to valuation of assets, pointing out cost estimating procedures, four methods of depreciation, and life cycle costing.

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