Scottish Parliament 2016, Internet Use and a British Bill of Rights? – Newly published Official Publications 23.05.16

Newly published official publications from :

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2012. Licensed under the Open Scottish Parliament Licence v1.0.

Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2012. Licensed under the Open Scottish Parliament Licence v1.0.

Election 2016 – “This briefing provides the result and analysis of the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. The accompanying infographic gives an overview of the result of the election.”

Key Issues for the Parliament in Session 5 – “This briefing was produced by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) which is the Parliament’s impartial research service. It identifies some of the key issues that MSPs may face in the Parliament’s fifth Session.”

Young adults and e-cigarettes: a qualitative exploration of awareness, experience and attitudes – “This publication summarises findings from qualitative research into young adults’ awareness and experiences of, and attitudes towards, e-cigarettes. The research involved a focus groups in late 2015-early 2016 in three Scottish cities. It explored a wide range of themes related to e-cigarettes, including the young adults’ perceptions and attitudes, knowledge and understanding, personal experience, and information needs. The research focused on young people who had used e-cigarettes but also included smokers and on-smokers who did not.”

Westminster and the UK Government

House of Commons Library (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

House of Commons Library (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

Scottish Parliament Elections: 2016 – “Elections to the Scottish Parliament took place on 5 May 2016. The Scottish National Party won the largest number of seats (63), but lost the majority they held in the preceding Parliament. The Conservative Party came second with 31 seats, their best performance at any Scottish Parliament elections. Turnout was 55.7%, an increase of 5.3% points from 2011.

Higher Education White Paper Success as a Knowledge Economy – “In November 2015 the government published a Green Paper Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice which outlined proposals to reshape the HE landscape, raise standards and increase competition in the sector. The White Paper echoes the proposals in the Green Paper and proposes creating: a single route into the HE sector, the Teaching and Excellence Framework, the Office for Students and UK Research and Innovation.”

A British Bill of Rights? – “The Conservative Party went into the 2015 General Election with a manifesto commitment to “scrap the Human Rights Act and curtail the role of the European Court of Human Rights.” This note provides a brief introduction to the Human Rights Act 1998; the European Convention on Human Rights and the work of the European Court of Human Rights.

The European Union

European Parliament © European Union 2016

European Parliament © European Union 2016

Differences in men’s and women’s work, care and leisure time – “The economic crisis has profoundly affected the labour market and private life of men and women. This study examines the interrelation of policies with the ways women and men allocate time to paid work, care and leisure and the gendered outcomes produced in different socio-economic and cultural settings. It shows that policies are powerful tools which contribute to a better work-life balance and transform gender roles in accordance to the targets of EU2020 strategy and EU28 commitment to gender equality.”

Annual risk analysis 2016 – “In 2015, Member States reported more than 1 820 000 detections of illegal border- crossing along the external borders. This never-before-seen figure was more than six times the number of detections reported in 2014, which was itself an unprecedented year, with record monthly averages observed since April 2014. The year 2015 began with extremely high levels for the month of January (over 20 000 detections, against the 2009–2014 January average of 4 700 detections), and each subsequent month set a new monthly record. In July, a turning point was reached with more than 100 000 detections, coinciding with a change in the law in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia allowing migrants to legalise their stay for a 72-hour period after they express a wish to apply for international protection. It resulted in a further increase of the flow and throughout the summer months scenes of chaos from the border areas spoke of a situation that appeared out of control. In September, public bus and train services were requisitioned in Western Balkan countries and in some Member States to transport migrants, but the flow continued to grow until October. As of November, the situation eased a little, but the EU’s total for December, at over 220 000 detections, was still way above the figure for the entire 2013.”

Research for cult committee: Evaluation of education at the European level – “This study addresses the question of similarities and differences of the education evaluation approaches of the EU and the OECD with the aim of exploring the possibilities of further developing the education evaluation system and the related policies of the EU. The study analyses the existing EU level educational evaluation practices and policies with a special focus on the use of educational indicators and the assessment of pupil competences. On the basis of the analysis a number of recommendations have been formulated for possible future EU level policies and actions.

Office for National Statistics

Internet users in the UK: 2016 – “How internet use is correlated to various socio-demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, disability and geographical location. As a result of user needs, this release presents a new breakdown of internet users, into adults who have used the internet within the last 3 months (recent users) and adults who last used the internet more than 3 months ago (lapsed users).

Young people’s well-being and personal finance, UK: 2013 to 2014 – “A look at how young people’s (aged 16 to 24) personal well-being and their assessment of their personal financial situation differ by employment status and living arrangements and whether this has changed over time.

Persistent poverty in the UK and EU: 2014 – “Rates of persistent relative income poverty for the UK are compared with other EU countries. The relationship between persistent poverty and low income in a single year is explored, including the impact this has on the size of the population experiencing poverty over time. Analysis by demographic characteristics is included.”

Travel trends 2015 – “Annual results from the International Passenger Survey (IPS), which collects information from passengers as they enter or leave the UK by the principal air, sea and tunnel routes.

Travel Trends is an annual report that provides estimates and profiles of travel and tourism visits (those of less than 12 months’ duration) and associated earnings and expenditure between the UK and the rest of the world. The International Passenger Survey (IPS) has been providing the source data for travel and tourism since 1961.”


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