Newly published Official Publications 30.11.15

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

Freedom of Speech in Higher Education Institutions – “This Library Note provides an overview of the statutory provisions governing freedom of speech in the higher education sector. It then briefly discusses the relationship between the duty to protect the right to freedom of speech and the obligation to protect staff and students from radicalism and preventing extremism on campuses. It summarises guidance that has been issued by the sector on this matter and outlines the Government’s policy in this area. The Note finally provides a short summary of the Prevent duty and specifically the obligation it places on higher education institutions in respect of external speakers and events, and provides examples where external speakers have been banned from university campuses.”

Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015: documents – “The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his Spending Review and Autumn Statement to Parliament on 25 November 2015. This is the Spending Review and Autumn Statement in full and supporting documents.”

The UK and the EU: reform, renegotiation, withdrawal? A reading list – “By the end of 2017, after EU reform negotiations, the UK will hold a referendum on whether to stay in the European Union. This paper provides a reading list of relevant publications.

This reading list accompanies a series of Commons Briefing Papers:

European Union Referendum Bill 2015-16 (CBP 7212)
EU exit: impact in key UK policy areas (CBP 7213)
Exiting the EU: UK reform proposals, legal impact and alternatives to membership (CBP 7214)
European Union Referendum Bill 2015-16: progress of the Bill (CBP 7249)
EU reform negotiations: what’s going on? (CBP 7311)”

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

Literature Review on the Impact of Digital Technology on Learning and Teaching – “The study was designed to help inform the development of a strategy for digital learning and teaching by providing evidence of how and why digital learning and teaching can benefit learners, teachers and schools. It also aims to identify the conditions that lead to its successful implementation and any differences between primary and secondary settings. In particular it focuses on how digital technologies can support and contribute to five specific educational priorities: raising attainment, tackling inequalities and promoting inclusion, improving transitions into employment, enhancing parental engagement, and improving the efficiency of the education system.”

Internet Use and Online Security – “To help explore public awareness and experiences around internet security and cyber-crime, the Scottish Government commissioned a module of questions in the August 2015 wave of the Public Opinion Monitor.

Almost nine in ten adults in Scotland stated that they use the internet, for over half this was for both work and personal use.

87% of respondents stated that they took precautions to protect themselves online.

Almost half of respondents had experienced a problem whilst online.”

Getting It Right For Looked After Children And Young People Strategy – “The strategy outlines the three priority areas of work to improve outcomes for looked after children and young people.

These are early engagement, early permanence and improving the quality of care and set out our expectations and commitments with the thread running through the strategy of the importance of relationships.”

The European Union

European Parliament © European Union 2015

European Parliament © European Union 2015

Food waste and date marking – “The Flash Eurobarometer 425 carried out in September 2015 seeks to understand citizens’ perceptions, attitudes and practices related to food waste, and more specifically, to investigate the role of date marking (ie “best before” and “use by” dates) found on food labelling in relation to household food waste. The survey investigates citizens’ understanding and use of date marking found on food labelling, and to what extent this information impacts on their consumption habits. While most respondents recognise their own important role in food waste prevention, a large proportion of Europeans lack understanding of date marking, which contributes to the waste of safe, edible food. The findings, which will help inform possible future policy making regarding the provision of food information to consumers, also confirm the need to pursue targeted information and educational initiatives on date marking taking into account the varying understanding and information needs of different consumer groups in the EU Member States.”

Climate change – “Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of the modern age. As Europe takes action to meet its objectives, it is important to understand the attitudes and behaviour of EU citizens towards climate change and their expectations for the future. This Eurobarometer survey measures these and compares them with the last poll on this issue carried out in 2013.”

Gender equality index 2015 – Measuring gender equality in the European Union 2005-2012 – “This report is complemented by a set of country profiles which provide an overview of the Gender Equality Index scores and indicators used to build it for each Member State, along with selected key contextual data at national level.”

Office for National Statistics


E-commerce and ICT Activity, 2014 – “In 2014, e-commerce sales by businesses with 10 or more employees in the UK non-financial sector, were £573 billion, representing 20.1% of business turnover. This was up from £561 billion (19.8% of business turnover) in 2013. These estimates are in current prices.

Sales made by Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) of £374 billion contributed 65% of the value of total e-commerce sales in 2014 for businesses with 10 or more employees, with the remaining £199 billion (35%) being website sales.

While 19.5% of businesses with 10 or more employees generated website sales, 6.3% generated EDI sales in 2014.

In 2014, 95.5% of businesses with 10 or more employees had fixed broadband internet access and 80.8% had a website.

New coverage for micro-enterprises (businesses with less than 10 employees) has been introduced for 2014, and these estimates show that e-commerce sales by this business sizeband were £19.5 billion. This represented 4.1% of business turnover of micro-enterprises. Their e-commerce sales consisted of £17.5 billion of website sales and £2.0 billion of EDI sales.

In 2014, 9.6% of micro-enterprises generated website sales, while only 0.9% generated EDI sales.”

The Distribution of Household Income, Consumption and Savings, an OECD study – “In examining how material living standards change over time, household income and consumption/expenditure have been highlighted as particularly important measures (for example OECD, 2013, ONS, 2014, Stiglitz et al., 2009). As part of an OECD Expert Group, ONS have been carrying out a research exercise to produce distributional household income and consumption data within the System of National Accounts framework. The purpose of this article is to share the initial methodology and results for the UK and to seek feedback from potential users both on the methodology used and the usefulness of the exercise as a whole.”

Businesses in Scotland 2015 – “The ‘Businesses in Scotland’ publication provides information on the number of enterprises (businesses) operating in Scotland. The main purpose of the publication is to provide an estimate of Scotland’s business stock.

Within the publication the Scottish business stock is broken down by various dimensions including industry, business size, local authority area, urban/rural area and country of ownership. The publication includes all enterprises that operate in Scotland regardless of where the business is based.

The focus of the publication is on private sector enterprises, where the private sector is defined as including the following enterprise types:

Companies (including Building Societies)
Sole Proprietors
Public Corporations/Nationalised Bodies
Non-profit making bodies and mutual associations”

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