Criminal responsibility, the Rio Olympics, and Equine Identification – New Official Publications 29.08.16

Newly published official publications from:

Westminster and the UK Government

file0001044759985Scotland: Public Spending and Revenue. “Public spending and taxation in Scotland was a hotly debated issue in the run up to the Scottish independence referendum, and has remained so since. A range of statistics exist on the subject: this note summarises what these say and how they are measured.”

Access and waiting time standards for early intervention in psychosis. “MPs will debate access and waiting time standards for early intervention in psychosis on Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 9.30am. This House of Commons Library briefing provides background, recent press articles, Parliamentary material and links to further reading.”

The age of criminal responsibility. “The age of criminal responsibility is currently set at 10 years in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland. Scotland has the youngest age of criminal responsibility in Europe at 8 years of age. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has repeatedly expressed the view that the minimum age of criminal responsibility should be 12 years. This Commons Library briefing discusses the debate around raising the age of criminal responsibility – the age below which a child is deemed not to have the capacity to commit a crime.”

 The Scottish Parliament and Government

035b4f9d0ea28e2bcc96c103282aaee4Scottish Parliament Research Briefing – Closing the Attainment Gap: What can schools do? “This briefing highlights five guiding principles and six key strategies, gathered from evidence-based educational research, that have been proved effective in closing the attainment gap both nationally and internationally. ”

Access to outdoor recreation by older people in Scotland. “This report details research on access to outdoor recreation for older people. In particular it looks at barriers to access and recommends potential solutions.”

Consulation running until 3rd October 2016; on implementation of the revised EU rules on Equine Identification in Scotland. “The purpose of the equine identification legislation is to protect public health by ensuring that horses do not enter the food chain if they have been treated with substances not suitable for food chain animals.”

The European Union

file0001817418615European Commission press release on the collection and use of social survey data;  “Today the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation on new, integrated ways to collect and use data from social surveys so as to better support policy making in general and social policy in particular … Seven household surveys are targeted with this framework Regulation: the Labour Force Survey (LFS), European Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), the Adult Education Survey (AES), the European Health Interview Survey (EHIS), the Survey on Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) usage in households (ICT-HH), the Household Budget Survey (HBS) and the Harmonised European Time Use Survey (HETUS).”

Digital Single Market: boosting e-commerce and combatting consumer discrimination in the EU: 8th Meeting of the IMCO Working Group on the Digital Single Market

“The aim of this eighth meeting of the Working Group was to focus on four proposals of regulations prepared by the Commission:

  • geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination,
  • cross-border parcel delivery,
  • consumer protection cooperation
  • and cross-border portability of online services.

On those proposals, the DSM Working Group wanted to know if the policy options proposed by the European Commission are going in the right direction concerning two issues: boosting the digital single market and combatting consumer protection in the EU.”

Office for National Statistics

IMG_0027A country’s economy and Rio 2016 Olympic medals; a comparison. “Explore for yourself the link between the top 30 medal-winning countries in Rio 2016 and the strength of their economies, by looking at their GDP.”

Population of the UK by Country of Birth and Nationality 2015. “The latest population estimates for the UK by country of birth and nationality, covering the period from 2004 to the year ending December 2015. The report discusses how these figures have changed over this period and highlights any statistically significant changes over the past year in the resident population of the UK.”

Human Capital Estimates: 2015

“Human capital is a measure of the “knowledge, skills, competencies and attributes embodied in individuals that facilitate the creation of personal, social and economic well-being” (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2001).

At a whole economy level, we can also consider the contribution of human capital to economic output. Growth in an economy can be driven by increases or improvements in either:

  • land – the natural resources that we have at our disposal, for example, coal, wood,
  • labour – our workforce,
  • capital – the buildings and machines we use to produce goods and services

In this context, human capital refers to labour and captures both the number of people in the workforce and the abilities they bring with them.”

If you’d like to know more about official publications just get in touch with us at the Maps, Official Publications and Statistics Unit on Level 7 of the library. We’re open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, and can be contacted on 0141 330 6740 or

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