Civil partnerships, maths, and renewable energy – New Official Publications 12.09.16

Newly published official publications in the last fortnight from:

Westminster and the UK Government

A colorful display of fresh fruits, limes, lemons, apples, kiwiChildhood Obesity inquiry – the government has just published their response to the Health Committee’s report Childhood Obesity: Brave and Bold Action published last year.

The Energy and Climate Change Committee has just published their report 2020 Renewable Heat and Transport Targets as part of their “inquiry exploring the main challenges with, and potential solutions to, meeting the UK’s 2020 renewable energy targets for heat and transport. The 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive sets a target for the UK to achieve 15% of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020.”

The Digital Economy Bill is the subject of the House of Commons Library analysis, covering topics such as digital access and infrastructure, online pornography, and intellectual property.

The Scottish Parliament and Government

calculatorThe Scottish Parliament Research Briefing Higher Education Institutions; Subject Profile includes student trends, demographics, quality assurance and funding statistics.

Transforming Scotland into a Maths Positive Nation. The Final Report of the Making Maths Count Group “The Report focuses on 3 key areas:

  • Transforming public attitudes to maths,
  • Improving confidence and fluency in maths
  • Promoting the value of maths as an essential skill for every career.”

The European and External Relations Committee have published their inquiry progress into the EU referendum result and its implications for Scotland; initial evidence

The European Union

europeEuropean Parliament Think Tank: The Cost of Non-Schengen: Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs aspects.

“This study identifies the costs, in economic, social and political terms, of the (temporary) reintroduction of border controls between the Schengen Member States, with a special focus on civil liberties, justice and home affairs aspects.”

The European Parliament Think Tank has published a number of documents on Tunisia;

  • Political groups and parties “In December 2010, a Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire in apparent protest against state repression and systematic economic hardship, triggering a series of uprisings across Tunisia and the Middle East, commonly known as the ‘Arab Spring’. President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia’s authoritarian leader since 1987, was forced out of power after his government reverted to violence against demonstrators. Although the nascent democracy has been praised internationally for its attempts to bring about reform, Tunisia’s democratically elected parties have been facing multiple challenges, such as economic difficulties, regional divisions and an unstable security situation coupled with political rifts threatening to upset the country’s political stability.”
  • Human Rights Situation “Following the Jasmine Revolution, the EU called for a ‘privileged partnership’ with Tunisia due to its commitment to democratic reforms. Despite ongoing economic hardship and political instability, Tunisia managed to hold elections that got international acclaim and to adopt a new constitution in 2014. Significant improvements in civil, gender and other rights have accompanied the transition. The EU has commended Tunisia for its transition so far but calls for further efforts in areas such as reform of the penal code, gender equality, and security.”
  • Tunisia Economic Situation “The revolution that toppled Tunisia’s authoritarian regime in 2011 left multiple sectors of the economy struggling in its wake, and the ensuing political instability, decreased foreign investment and security threats have only complicated their recovery. To address these challenges, the government, elected in 2014, has pursued policies aimed at supporting economic activity while also seeking to resolve long-standing socio-economic grievances voiced during the uprisings.”

EU in the world 2016 “This publication provides you with a selection of important and interesting statistics on the EU in comparison with the 15 non-EU countries from the Group of Twenty (G20). It treats the following areas: population; living conditions and social protection; health; education and training; the labour market; economy and finance; international trade; industry, trade and services, research and communication, transport; agriculture, forestry and fisheries; the environment and energy.”

Office for National Statistics

commuteIt was World Suicide Prevention Day on Saturday the 10th of September. The Office for National Statistics published an overview of the latest suicide registration statistics for England and Wales (Further statistics are available from the ONS on Suicides in the United Kingdom)

Travel to work area analysis in Great Britain 2016 “This article presents information and analysis on the 2011 travel to work areas (TTWAs) in England, Scotland and Wales and introduces a range of alternative travel to work areas.”

Statistics have just been published on Civil partnerships in England and Wales: 2015. Data for Scotland is also available from the National Records for Scotland.

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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