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Analysis and factual trends

Sex, Drugs and GDP

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The Blue Book from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) describes economic activity in the UK. This year, for the first time, it will include spending on prostitution and drugs. Peter Patterson, the Deputy Chief Economic Advisor at the ONS, describes how they calculate the figures in the Blue Book and what they mean for the UK economy.

Resource nationalism

Is the UK economy at risk of countries or companies restricting the supply of key resources? Ian Mitchell and Serina Ng, economists from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, assess the risks. Last year, a new horizon- scanning …

Making equal marriage possible

The Government proposes laws. Civil servants help turn those ideas into reality. Wally Ford from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport talks about one particularly high-profile example. In September 2011 the Government announced plans to make marriages between same …

Reform in Europe — saving our fish and chips

The European Union Common Fisheries Policy had failed. Neil Hornby, Head of Sea Fisheries at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, tells how the UK helped turn that failure round. "For years people said the Common Fisheries Policy …