Newly published official publications from:
Westminster and the UK Government
The renewable energy sector on Scotland by the Scottish Affairs Select Committee; “Much of the UK’s renewable energy sector is based in Scotland and is an important part of our economy. Over recent years the sector has attracted significant investment (over £1bn in 2013) and it now employs an estimated 21,000 people.
The UK Government’s plans to reduce support for the sector has raised concern that any funding changes will have a disproportionate effect on Scotland. The Committee will examine the potential impact of changes to levels of public subsidy available to the renewable energy sector in Scotland.
They will also be looking at what the Scottish and UK governments have done to ensure that the aspirations of the sector are taken fully into account in the development of UK energy policy.”
HBOS failure: lessons for regulators is a review into the failure of HBOS by the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee.
The government has published a response to the Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into Police diversity which stated that “”urgent and radical action” is needed to tackle the gross under-representation of black and minority ethnic people in the police forces of England and Wales, which the police service has “consistently failed to address” over several decades.”
Inquiries seeking submissions;
The Justice Select Committee is seeking written submissions for the Prison Reform inquiry by the 30th of September 2016.
“On the assumption that, as indicated by the new Secretary of State for Justice, Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, there will be no substantial change to the ambitious programme of reforms to prisons already announced … the Committee launches an inquiry on Prison Reform.
As details of the reforms are still emerging, we pose high-level questions in our inquiry’s terms of reference. In doing so we wish to seek overall views initially which will be followed up in greater detail with a series of sub-inquiries following the publication of the White Paper expected in October 2016.”
“The Environmental Audit Committee is calling for evidence on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the UK and the Overseas Territories. This follows on from the previous Committee’s reports into Marine Protected Areas and Sustainability in the UK Overseas Territories.” The deadline for written submissions is the 7th of October 2016.
All current open inquiries can be found on the Parliament’s inquiries page.
The European Union
Brexit and the future of the European Union is a European Parliament Think Tank publication. “This note offers links to recent commentaries and reports by major international think tanks on the future of the EU without Britain.”
European Barometer survey number 448 concerns the Perception and awareness about transparency of state aid
The objectives of this survey are to:
- Assess the level of awareness among EU citizens about state aid and information available about state aid;
- Identify the opinions and attitudes regarding the information that should be publically provided about state aid;
- Determine the opinions and attitudes about transparency of state aid.
The European Parliament produces continually updated factsheets on the European Union, covering the following six areas;
How the European Union works, which addresses the EU’s historical development, legal system, institutions and bodies, decision-making procedures and financing;
Citizens’ Europe, which describes individual and collective rights;
The internal market, which explains the principles and implementation of the internal market;
Economic and Monetary Union, which outlines the context of EMU and explains the coordination and surveillance of economic policies;
Sectoral policies, which describes how the EU addresses its various internal policies;
The EU’s external relations, which covers foreign policy, security and defence, trade, development, human rights and democracy, enlargement and relations beyond the EU’s neighbourhood.
The Scottish Parliament and Government
The Scottish Government is running a consultation until the 17th of October 2016 looking into “the treatment of mentally disordered offenders. It also creates a new victim information and representation scheme for victims of some mentally disordered offenders.” A consultation for implementation of certain sections of the Mental Health Act (Scotland) 2015 and associated regulations (Part 2)
The Scottish Parliament Research Briefing on the Labour Market Update July 2016 details statistics on employment, unemployment, inactivity and claimant counts for Scotland down to Parliamentary Constituency level. This issue also looks at statistics for EU migrant employment in the UK.
Newly arrived into the Scottish Parliament Passage of Bills series on level 7 of the library are the following volumes;
- Legal Writings (Counterparts and Delivery) Bill 2014
- Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age) Bill 2015
- Prisoners (Control of Release) (Scotland) Bill 2014
- Harbours (Scotland) Bill 2015
- Apologies (Scotland) Bill 2015
Office for National Statistics
The Statistical bulletin Retail Sales in Great Britain: June 2016 has just been published, detailing “Changes in the volume and value of sales of goods by retail businesses in Great Britain, providing a timely indicator of economic performance and the strength of consumer spending.”
The ONS visual article Shopping in shops that have no ‘shops’ covers the changes to shopping habits since the emergence of large supermarkets and online shopping. Full data links are provided from each info-graphic.
UK public sector finances: June 2016 has been published and details statistics on public sector net borrowing, net debt, cash requirements and external impacts, such as exchange rate movements.
Skin Cancer in England; a look at melanoma skin cancer over 20 years summarises cancer statistics with futher data available from the ONS Conditions and Diseases page.