Newly published official publications from:
The European Union
The use of ‘drones’, also known as RPAs (Remotely Piloted Aircraft) or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), is being investigated by the European Parliament’s Transport Committee. They’re looking at all aspects of ‘drones’ from their safe use and privacy issues, to the growth and economic opportunities of the ‘drone’ sector. (The House of Lords Select committee has also been conducting an inquiry into the civil use of ‘drones’ in the last year, which is currently awaiting debate.)
The August/September issue of Research EU was published by the European Commission’s Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS), who disseminate information on all EU-funded research projects and their results in the broadest sense. This issue included features on;
- Improving the energy efficiency of wastewater treatment works
- Mimicking the body on a chip for new drug testing
- Breaking down communication barriers for children with cerebral palsy
- A study into the nature of language variation (logodiversity)
- Robot swarms use collective cognition to perform tasks
The magazine is also available in the library in paper at EEC Pers RE380
Contract law and the Digital Single Market: Towards a new EU online consumer sales law? Published by the European Parliament Think Tank, this in-depth analysis looks at online consumer sales in the internal EU market, and the modification of the proposal for a Common European Sales Law (CESL).
Westminster and the UK Government
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published the Food Statistics Pocketbook 2015 providing statistics and information on a wide range of areas concerning the food market, such as UK obesity and fruit and vegetable purchases, UK inspections and enforcement actions of food businesses, and UK trends in; sales of ethical produce.
The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper on the Trade Union Bill for MPs. The House of Commons Library publications are impartial, and are used by MPs from all parties to gain an overall understanding of the subjects they are required to know about for their work.
The Scottish Parliament and Government
The Scottish Parliament Information Centre has published a research briefing on the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill which covers the background and provisions of the bill. The purpose of the bill is to; “make provision about the composition of and appointment to the governing bodies and academic boards of higher education institutions; and to revise provision about the academic freedom of various persons carrying out activities at higher education and certain other institutions” (p. 1 of the Bill)
The Health and Sport Committee published A report for the Scottish Parliament by Professor David Clark: International comparisons in palliative care provision: what can the indicators tell us? which investigates and compares global palliative care development, in consideration with that currently provided in Scotland.
Office for National Statistics
The 15th edition of Key Scottish Environment Statistics 2015 provides statistics and information on the environment in Scotland, from public perception of climate change, global atmosphere and air quality, to conservation, biodiversity and radioactivity levels.