Robots, STEM and tourism – Newly published Official Publications 21.11.16

Newly published official publications from:

Westminster and the UK Government


Photo: CC BY-SA 3.0, by Ludovic Courtès

Yemen at war “This paper explores the developments in Yemen since the Saudi-led intervention began in March 2015, and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen. It discusses how Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS/Daesh have benefited from the chaos.

It also looks at the UK role in easing the humanitarian situation in Yemen at the same time as providing arms and assistance to the Saudis. Finally it looks at the chances of a peaceful solution to the conflict, the broader Saudi-Iranian rivalry and some likely outcomes in Yemen and the region.”

Responding to human rights judgments 2014 to 2016; Annual report to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the government’s response to human rights judgments “This report sets out the government’s position on the implementation of human rights judgments from the European Court of Human Rights and our domestic courts.”

Ending Gang and Youth Violence programme: independent review “This is an independent review of the Home Office’s EGYV programme by Dr Simon Harding from the University of Middlesex.

As part of the review, Dr Harding studied 20 local areas to understand the changes that the EGYV programme has had in those areas that participated in the programme over 3 years from 2012 to 2015.”

The European Union


Photo by Middlewick at

What if I had to put my safety in the hands of a robot? “Will intelligent robots bring us benefits in relation to security and safety, or will the vulnerabilities within these systems mean that they cause more problems than they solve?

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are currently found in a wide range of services and applications, and their numbers are rapidly increasing. CPS are intelligent robotic systems linked to the Internet of Things. These robots are likely to infiltrate our everyday lives in the coming years. Due to this, we must look at what impact they will have on citizens’ safety and security. The question remains, how safe are these technologies? ”

The coming Trump Presidency Research resource; “This note offers links to recent commentaries and reports published by major international think tanks and other research centres in response to the US election outcome.”

Road safety in the EU “Between 1991 and 2014, and especially after 2000, the EU witnessed substantial improvements in terms of road safety, whether measured in terms of fatalities, accidents or injuries. The most recent figures, however, show that progress in reducing the fatality rate has slowed and that specific road users or demographic groups are not witnessing the same improvements as the rest of the population.

The European Parliament has adopted numerous resolutions regarding or covering road safety, calling notably for a fully fledged strategy for people sustaining serious injury and for more detailed and measurable targets.”

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Photo by lensicle at

Photo by lensicle at

European Union funding in Scotland 2014-2020 “This briefing, requested by the European and External Relations Committee provides details of the European funding for Scotland” between 2014-2020.

Earnings in Scotland 2016 “The Office for National Statistics released the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) 2016 provisional results on 26 October 2016. This briefing provides a short overview of earnings in Scotland.”

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – Consultation on a Strategy for Education and Training for Scotland. “This consultation asks a number of questions about STEM education, training and lifelong learning in Scotland.” The consultation deadline is 31 January 2017.

Office for National Statistics

Photo by Scott Liddell at

Photo by Scott Liddell at

What is GDP? “Imagine £1.8 trillion in bundles of £50 notes, double stacked on pallets – it would cover an area almost four time the size of a football pitch. This mind-boggingly large amount of money is the current estimates value of the UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). GDP is the standard measure of the size and health of a country’s economy. It’s the way we measure and compare how well or badly countries are doing.”

Changes in the value and division of unpaid care work in the UK: 2000 to 2015 “The ONS now regularly publishes estimates of the value of unpaid household services in the Household Satellite Account. This is the first in a series of releases that will examine the value and division of that unpaid household work using time use data. In this release, we will present estimates of the amount and value of informal child and adult care with analyses by sociodemographic variables including sex, age, and labour market status.”

Overseas travel and tourism: Sept 2016 “Visits to the UK by overseas residents, visits abroad by UK residents and spending by travellers, using provisional passenger traffic data.”

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

Image references from top; The meeting room of the United Nations Human Rights Council (c) Ludovic Courtès, Robot photo by Seeman at, Money photo by lensicle at, Fruit photo by Scott Liddell at

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