Newly published Official Publications 05.10.15

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

House of Lords Library: The Queen's Room (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

House of Lords Library: The Queen’s Room (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

Student loan statistics – “Student loans are the main method of direct government support for higher education students. More than £10 billion is loaned to students each year, this is expected to grow rapidly and reach around £330 billion (2014-15 prices) by the middle of this century. The expansion of loans has raised questions about graduate repayments and ultimately the cost of the system to the taxpayer.”

VW and vehicle emissions testing – “This short briefing provides an overview of the problems that have been uncovered at VW regarding emissions testing, what has happened since, and how world governments are planning to deal with it.”

Unintentional Bias in Forensic Investigation – “A short paper describing how cognitive biases can influence the results of forensic investigations.”

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Lighting through the Garden Lobby Roof of the Scottish Parliament ©2009 Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Lighting through the Garden Lobby Roof of the Scottish Parliament ©2009 Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Consultation on the development of a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland – “Consultation on principles, themes and actions associated with development of a digital learning and teaching strategy for Scotland.”

Review of Civil Partnership – A consultation by the Scottish Government – “A consultation by the Scottish Government about the future of civil partnership in Scotland. Civil partnership is a status currently available to same sex couples. The consultation seeks views on three options: no change, no new civil partnerships after a certain date in the future, or introducing opposite sex civil partnership. The consultation indicates that the Government is not persuaded that opposite sex civil partnership should be introduced in Scotland.”

Young People and E-Cigarettes in Scotland: A Survey of Secondary School Pupils – “Reports on a survey which the Scottish Government commissioned with a representative sample of 2,016 secondary pupils, in late 2014, to gather data on: experiences of e-cigarettes in their environment, including use by others; their own use of e-cigarettes; the degree to which Scottish adolescents are exposed to e-cigarette marketing; and their knowledge and attitudes in relation to e-cigarettes. In line with other surveys the majority (81%) of pupils have never tried an e-cigarette. Most of those who had had only done so ‘once or twice’ and were also tobacco smokers. Curiosity was the main driver for first use. Secondary school pupils in Scotland are being exposed to e-cigarettes promotional material in a wide range of marketing contexts.”


The European Union

European Parliament © European Union 2015

European Parliament © European Union 2015

Discrimination in the EU in 2015 – “This report presents the results from a new Eurobarometer survey on discrimination. It was commissioned by the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST) and coordinated by the Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM), and it has been carried out by TNS Opinion & Social network… This survey was carried out by TNS Opinion & Social network in the 28 Member States of the European Union between 30 May and 8 June 2015. Some 27,718 respondents from different social and demographic groups were interviewed face-to-face at home in their mother tongue on behalf of Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers.”

Legal bibliography of European integration 2014 – “The library of the Court of Justice of the European Union undertakes to acquire as complete a collection as possible of the literature on the legal aspects of European integration and to make it accessible bibliographically. Since 1981, an annual bibliography of books and contributions to periodicals and joint works has been compiled on the basis of the library’s acquisitions in the relevant year.”

The European Health Report 2015 – “The European health report is a flagship publication, published every three years. The 2012 report set the baseline for monitoring progress towards the six targets of the European policy framework, Health 2020.

The 2015 report presents the progress made since the baseline. An assessment of the available data on all the targets reveals that the European Region is on track, but much potential remains for further health gains and reductions in inequalities.”


Office for National Statistics

Measuring National Well-being, Personal Well-being in the UK, 2014/15 – “This release presents the latest findings on personal well-being from the forth Personal Well-being Annual Population dataset for April 2014 to March 2015, with analysis by country, region and local areas and individual characteristics and circumstances. The analysis also looks at year-on-year changes since 2011/12, when the personal well-being data was first collected.”

Insights into Loneliness, Older People and Well-being, 2015 – “This article focuses on older people’s well-being, loneliness and some of the risk factors associated with loneliness such as living alone, housing tenure, marital status, ill health and support networks. The ONS Measuring National Well-being programme aims to produce accepted and trusted measures of the well-being of the nation – how the UK as a whole is doing.”

Selected European comparisons of UK economic well-being – “This article discusses international comparisons of the UK against other selected OECD European countries based on the OECD dashboard indicators, with data ranging from Q1 2007 to Q1 2015. The analysis compares the UK to France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece and the OECD total.”


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