Newly published official publications from:
Westminster and the UK Government
Electoral offences since 2010: “Sir Eric Pickles, the Government’s Anti-Corruption Champion, has carried out a review of electoral fraud and has made fifty recommendations on what could be done to tackle the problem.This Briefing Paper provides information about electoral fraud since 2010 and includes details of the reports published by the Electoral Commission and the Associations of Chief Police Officers on cases of alleged electoral malpractice.”
EU budget and the UK’s contribution: “This note considers the EU’s spending and how it is financed. It includes the UK’s contributions and receipts to and from the EU budget and discusses the UK’s rebate.”
Leadership Elections: Labour Party: “This note sets out the current rules for the election of the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. It explains the change of rules in 2014 (from a system where MPs and MEPs, individual Labour Party members and members of affiliated organisations each commanded a third of the total vote to the current system). It also sets out previous versions of the rules. It includes details of the results of Labour Leadership elections since 1922.”
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Review of Civil Partnership in Scotland – Analysis of Consultation Responses: “This report presents an analysis of the consultation responses received to ‘Review of Civil Partnership – A consultation by the Scottish Government’.
The Scottish Government made a commitment to carry out a review of civil partnership during the Parliamentary passage of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014. This consultation forms part of that review.
The consultation paper outlined three possible options going forward. These were:
• No change, so that civil partnerships would remain available for same sex couples only.
• No more new civil partnerships to be entered into in Scotland from a date in the future. People already in a civil partnership could stay in them, if they wish.
• The introduction of opposite sex civil partnership.
The consultation ran from 22 September 2015 to 15 December 2015, with a total of 411 responses received. The very significant majority of responses (93%) were submitted by individual members of the public. The remaining 7% of responses were submitted by groups or organisations.“
Consultation on a Child Poverty Bill for Scotland: “This consultation sets our proposals for a Child Poverty Bill for Scotland that will: enshrine in legislation the Scottish Government’s ambition to eradicate child poverty; place a duty on Scottish Ministers to publish a Child Poverty Delivery Plan every 5 years, and to report on that Plan annually; and set statutory income targets.“
Named Person (SB 16-66): “In Christian Institute and others (Appellants) v. The Lord Advocate (Respondent) (Scotland) UKSC 51, the Supreme Court has found that the information sharing provisions of the Named Person legislation are outwith the Scottish Parliament’s legislative competence. These provisions are due to come into effect on 31st August 2016.
This briefing summarises the judgement, the parliamentary passage of the legislation and looks briefly at other Scottish Parliament legislation that has been challenged in the courts.”
The European Union
Promotion of renewable energy sources in the EU: EU policies and Member State approaches – in-depth analysis: “The development of renewable energy sources (RES) is a priority for the European Union. One of the goals of the EU Energy Union strategy is making the EU the world leader in renewable energies. The Renewable Energy Directive sets national targets for all Member States, which remain free to decide how they support RES within the EU energy market rules. The Commission plans to revise the Renewable Energy Directive and other RES-related legislation in 2016. Renewables have a growing share in energy consumption in the EU. However, RES investments in Europe have fallen in recent years due to regulatory changes, economic slowdown and falling technology costs. The development of RES poses a number of technical and regulatory challenges, notably their integration into electricity grids and the sustainability of biofuels, and requires a market design that encourages investment while keeping costs under control.”
Standard Eurobarometer 85: “Standard Eurobarometer 85 survey (EB85), was carried out between 21 and 31 May 2016 in 34 countries or territories: the 28 European Union (EU) Member States, five candidate countries (the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania) and the Turkish Cypriot Community in the part of the country that is not controlled by the government of the Republic of Cyprus. The survey includes topics such as the European political situation, Europeans’ main concerns and the perception of the economic situation. It analyses how Europeans perceive their political institutions, both national governments and parliaments, the EU and its institutions. It also examines people’s attitudes on European citizenship and on issues linked to the priorities of the European Commission, notably support to investment, the euro, free movement of people, trade and migration issues.”
International Energy Agency: Origins and developments – in-depth analysis: “This publication looks at the origins, institutional developments and current challenges faced by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA was founded in 1974 as an autonomous body of the OECD. It has become an authoritative source of policy advice and comparative data on global energy policies. This analysis covers the main objectives and structures of the IEA (including its system of financing), emergency response mechanisms in the oil sector and deepening global dialogue on energy policy with strategic countries, international bodies and the EU.”
Office for National Statistics
Deaths from various causes, 2015: “A separate web section providing background and/or commentary, tables and/or charts for each of several causes of death in Scotland.”
The UK’s trade and investment relationship with South America: 2016: “In 2015, South America accounted for 5.8% of world gross domestic product (GDP)1, compared with 2.4% from the UK. Both South America and the UK have experienced a steady decline in their share of global GDP since 1980, which can be partly explained by faster growth in emerging economies such as China and India. However, South America’s share has remained relatively constant over the past 10 years from 2005 to 2015 due to more buoyant growth. In contrast, the UK’s share has fallen by 0.6 percentage points over the same period.”
Internet access in Great Britain: 2016: “Main points:
The internet was used daily or almost daily by 82% of adults (41.8 million) in Great Britain in 2016, compared with 78% (39.3 million) in 2015 and 35% (16.2 million) in 2006.
- In 2016, 70% of adults accessed the internet ‘on the go’ using a mobile phone or smartphone, up from 66% in 2015 and nearly double the 2011 estimate of 36%.
- New analysis on the use of smart TVs show 21% of adults used them to connect to the internet in 2016.
- In 2016, 77% of adults bought goods or services online, up from 53% in 2008, but only up 1 percentage point from 2015.
- Clothes or sports goods were purchased by 54% of adults, making them the most popular online purchase in 2016.
- Speed of delivery was a problem encountered by 42% of the 16 to 24 year olds who had bought online compared with 15% of those aged 65 and over.
- In 2016, 89% of households in Great Britain (23.7 million) had internet access, an increase from 86% in 2015 and 57% in 2006.”
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