Reference: Issue Brief

The most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. Benjamin Disraeli
  • Nuclear Deterrence

    The strategic concept of deterrence aims to prevent war. It is the justification virtually every nuclear state uses for maintaining nuclear arsenals, including the UK.

  • North Korea

    The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly referred to as North Korea, occupies the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, bordering China and Russia to the north, and South Korea to the south. Its capital is Pyongyang.

  • Northern Ireland Peace Process

    The sectarian division of Northern Ireland into unionists and nationalists has been a source of strife ever since the Partition of Ireland in 1920, and the moves towards complete Irish independence from the UK in the 1930s and 1940s.

  • Northern Ireland Assembly

    The Northern Ireland Assembly was established by the Northern Ireland (Elections) Act 1998, and elections were held to elect 108 members under the Proportional Representation Single Transferable Vote system.

  • NHS Prescription Charges

    NHS prescription charges are paid by patients for drugs or other treatments prescribed for them by a National Health Service medical practitioner.

  • NHS (National Health Service)

  • NHS Direct

    NHS Direct is a nurse-led telephone information service, which provides basic healthcare advice to callers and directs those with more serious complaints to the appropriate part of the wider NHS. It is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is one of the largest telemedicine services in the world.

  • Network Rail

    Network Rail (NR) was set up in 2002 to replace Railtrack as the body responsible for Britain's rail network.

  • NATO

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is a multilateral military and political alliance designed to secure the peace and security of its member states.

  • National Parks

    Some areas of particularly significant and unspoiled natural heritage have been designated as National Parks to preserve their character and ecosystems for public enjoyment.

  • National Minimum Wage

    The national minimum wage (NMW) is the hourly rate below which adult workers in most sectors of the British economy must not be paid.

  • National Insurance

    National Insurance is a social insurance scheme, under which people become eligible for particular social security benefits - known as "contributory benefits" - through a history of contributions to the scheme made by themselves and by their employers.

  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is an agency of the National Health Service charged with promoting clinical excellence in NHS service providers in England and Wales, by developing guidance and recommendations on the effectiveness of treatments and medical procedures.

  • National Blood Service

    The National Blood Service is an NHS body responsible for the collection and distribution of blood and blood components in England and North Wales.

  • National Air Traffic Services

    Air traffic control (ATC) is the management of aviation traffic. The principal aim of ATC is to ensure the safety of air transport - both civil and military. ATC in the UK is provided by National Air Traffic Services (NATS), a commercial enterprise that charges airlines fees for providing its services.

Politics @ Lunch

Friday lunchtime. Your Inbox. It's a date.