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The historic General Election of 1997 changed the political complexion of Britain with policy changes more fundamen...
The historic General Election of 1997 changed the political complexion of Britain with policy changes more fundamental and wide-ranging than for many years.

These changes are reflected in this year's edition of 'The Britain Handbook' which provides the authoritative, factual and up-to-date overview of the state of Britain. The book, published for the first time by the Office for National Statistics, is a vital reference source both in Britain and overseas for information given by British diplomatic posts.

In addition to the detailed look at Britain's government and policy Britain 1998 takes a look at this year's 50th anniversary of the National Health Service. It includes an introductory article from Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of the NHS Executive in England. He looks at the history and evolution of the service as well as the problems it has faced, its many achievements and what the future may hold for it.

There is a focus on the Government Art Collection which celebrates its centenary this year with eight pages of colour reproductions and also a series of photographs remembering the work of Diana, Princess of Wales.

A series of maps is reproduced showing the revised local authority boundaries in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well as pen pictures of Britain's Dependent Territories.

Britain 1998: an official handbook, published by The Stationery Office for the Office for National Statistics. Price£32, ISBN 0-11-620941-0.

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