Smart appliances, new medicines, and child poverty – Newly published Official Publications 19.12.16

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

Big Ben

Image copyright: UK Parliament / Jessica Taylor

Child Poverty. Ahead of the debate on Child Poverty tomorrow at 2.30pm, the House of Commons Library has prepared a briefing pack containing “statistics on the number of children in poverty defined in terms of low household income. It also provides statistics on the ‘life chances’ indicators in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016, children in workless households, and educational attainment at age 16.”

Suicide Prevention report by the Health Select Committee. “Report to inform suicide prevention strategy. The Health Committee has published an interim report to allow the emerging themes from witnesses to be presented to government in time to inform the updated suicide prevention strategy. A full report will follow next year, once the strategy has been published and witnesses have been invited to give their views.”

Impact of Brexit on policing and criminal justice: a reading list. “This reading list collates commenatary on the implications of Brexit for policing and criminal justice cooperation and national security.”

The European Union

European Parliament

European Parliament © European Union 2016

Climate-friendly forest management in the EU. “Forests are highly sensitive to climate change and, in particular, the rise in average global temperatures caused by man-made greenhouse gas emissions. They are also part of the solution, as they absorb and stock carbon as biomass through photosynthesis. Their potential to help mitigate climate change makes forests a central element of current international and European climate policies.”

Smart appliances and the electrical system. “Smart appliances could help shift demand away from peak periods, which is important for an electricity system that relies on variable renewable energy sources. The European Commission recognises the potential of smart appliances and advocates development of smart infrastructure. The European Parliament seems to agree, as long as this benefits the consumer and affords a high level of data and privacy protection.”

Basic figures on the EU – Fourth Quarter 2016. This quarter’s issue contains EU statistics on topics including; general government gross debt, inflation, GDP, unemployment, patent applications, and body mass index (BMI) statistics.

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Scottish Parliament

Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2012. Licensed under the Open Scottish Parliament Licence v1.0.

The National Health Service in Scotland. “This briefing provides an introduction to the NHS in Scotland. It includes:

  • A brief history of recent reforms
  • The current organisation of the NHS in Scotland
  • Governance and accountability arrangements
  • Regulation, inspection, complaints and enforcement
  • Funding

Review of access to new medicines. “The Review was undertaken to assess the impact of the new report introduced in 2014 by Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC). The new approach aimed to increase access to end-of-life, orphan and ultra-orphan medicines.”

Mental health in Scotland – a 10 year vision: analysis of responses to the public engagement exercise “This report presents the key messages from the analysis of responses to the Scottish Government’s engagement exercise about a new Mental Health Strategy 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 mops@lib.gla.ac.uk.



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