Newly published official publications from :
Westminster and the UK Government
Leaving the European Union: Funding for Universities and Scientific Research – “This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on current university and research funding in the UK and identifies some of the key issues raised about this funding following the UK’s referendum vote to withdraw from the EU.“
Effect of social media on the mental health of young people – “With the greatly increased use of social media by young people, concern has grown over its impact on various aspects of their mental and physical health.
As well as depression and anxiety caused by online bullying and social comparison, and potentially damaging online content there is also concern about effect that the amount of time itself spent on social media has on sleep and the ability to concentrate.
This briefing brings together various official reports and academic studies into these aspects. It also shows recent press and parliamentary coverage and links to sources of advice and further reading.”
Centenary publication about Parliament and the First World War – “This publication, Duty and Democracy: Parliament and the First World War, has been produced especially for the centenary of the First World War. It examines the role of Parliament, its Members and staff during the conflict. It outlines the key legislation passed during the period that affected the strategy of the First World War and wider social changes taking place during the period. It includes detailed profiles of selected Parliamentarians and House staff who either served or influenced matters during the war.“
The European Union
Oversight of the US executive: The Congressional experience and its lessons for the EU – “Based largely on a set of interviews with policy practitioners and observers in Washington DC, this analysis aims first to examine the instruments and system for oversight of the US Administration by the US Congress, and then to draw comparisons with the equivalent instruments and systems in the European Union, and in the European Parliament in particular.”
Gender in sport – “Traditionally, sport has been dominated by men, both in terms of participation and governance. Worldwide, women’s participation rates in sporting activities are lower than men’s. Yet over the last 20 years significant changes have occurred and the difference in involvement between the genders is becoming narrower. Gender inequalities are evident across the sports sector, from representation at decision‑making levels and media coverage, to participation in sports activities including coaching. Women may also face a general lack of safe and appropriate sports facilities, potentially exposing them to physical and/or verbal sexual harassment and assault. They may also experience additional physical constraints, lack of time and/or lack of childcare facilities.”
Shedding light on energy in the EU – A guided tour of energy statistics – “Energy is essential for our day-to-day life. Turning on our computers or starting our cars are actions that we take for granted, yet they represent the final stage of a complex process, from extraction to final consumption. Statistics can help to make the complex process of energy more understandable. This is the aim of the digital publication ‘Shedding light on energy in the EU – a guided tour of energy statistics’. This new type of publication aims to answer questions on energy most frequently asked by citizens in an original way. Answers are provided through short texts, dynamic infographics, maps, videos, graphs, photos etc. This digital publication provides the statistical background which helps to better understand the challenges faced by the Energy Union. Both those not so familiar with the energy sector and experts in the domain should find something of interest.“
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Brexit: Impact on the Justice System in Scotland – “This briefing outlines developments in the EU’s civil and criminal justice policies and provides a brief overview of initial arguments on the impact that leaving the EU might have on the UK’s and Scotland’s policies in this field.”
Brexit: the impact on equalities and human rights – “This briefing considers the impact Brexit will have on equalities and human rights. The focus is on legislation which has a basis in EU law, the protections currently offered, and what this could mean in the future.”
Implications of Leaving the EU – Climate Change – “This briefing highlights the EU framework that relates to climate change policy and explores the implications that leaving the EU may have on Scotland’s approaches to tackling climate change.
The briefing also sets out some views on how alternatives to EU membership may impact on Scotland’s efforts to tackle climate change.”
Office for National Statistics
Annual survey of hours and earnings in the UK, provisional 2016 and revised 2015 – “The distribution and make-up of earnings and hours worked, by sex and full-time and part-time status, for employees in all industries and occupations.“
Low pay in the UK: Apr 2016 – “Bulletin presents statistics on the number of employee jobs with pay less than the National Minimum Wage or the new National Living Wage in the UK.“
MOD National and Official Statistics by topic – “This document contains a list of Ministry of Defence (MOD) National and Official Statistics by topic.
Finance and economics
Equipment of the armed forces
Activities of the armed forces
Other National and Official Statistics
Other non-official statistics
Historical National and Official Statistics”
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