Civil partnership, nuclear ban, and police stop and search – Newly published Official Publications 16.01.17

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

Big Ben

Image copyright: UK Parliament / Jessica Taylor

Populism and Nationalism: Implications for the International Order “This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate on 19 January about the challenges to the liberal international order posed by the development of populism and nationalism around the world.”

The future of civil partnership “This Commons Library briefing paper considers the calls made by some for civil partnership to be made available to opposite sex couples”

Ministry of Justice Prison Population statistics. Weekly and monthly Prison and Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) population and  capacity statistics.

Latest update on the Higher Education and Research Bill 2016 Report Stage and Third Reading “The Report Stage and Third Reading of the Higher Education and Research Bill 2015-16 took place on 21 November 2016. The debate covered many areas that were raised previously during the Committee Stage of the Bill.”

The European Union

European Parliament

European Parliament © European Union 2016

What if computers were trillions of times faster? “Could the theory of quantum mechanics one day revolutionise commonplace technical devices such as sensors, communication devices and computers? Quantum mechanics is a scientific theory that has revolutionised our understanding of the Universe. In the world of classical physics, a system is always in one particular state (e.g. at rest or in motion) while in the quantum world, a system can be in a superposition of two or more states. Performing a measurement on such a superposition causes it to collapse into a single state. Furthermore, in contrast to the classical world, where a system can be measured without changing it, in the quantum world a measurement can have an impact on the state of the system. ”

The European Union and the African Union – A Statistical Portrait 2016 “This statistical portrait presents a broad comparison between the situation of the European Union, including EFTA members and Candidate Countries, and the African Union and its member states. The publication is jointly produced by Eurostat and the Statistics Division of the African Union Commission.”

A Nuclear Ban Treaty: Taking forward multilateral nuclear disaramament negotiations. “On 23 December 2016, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed a resolution on taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations, thus paving the way for a conference in 2017 to ‘negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination’. The majority of United Nations member states voted in favour of the resolution, but five nuclear-armed states and all but four NATO members voted against it. EU Member States, most of which are members of NATO, have taken different positions on the prospect of a nuclear weapons ban, with some supporting it, but most against.”

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Scottish Parliament

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

Scottish Parliament Information Centre briefing Human Rights in Scotland. An introduction to human rights law in Scotland.

Review of learning disability and autism in the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2003: Findings from a scoping exercise.”The report presents findings from a scoping exercise to help lay the foundations for an official review which will consider whether the provisions in the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 fulfil the needs of people with learning disability and autism”

Code of Practice on the exercise by Constables of powers of stop and search of the person in Scotland. “Stop and search can be a valuable tool in combatting crime, but it is important that we get the balance right between protecting the public and the rights of individuals. The new Code is about finding that balance and maintaining the trust between the police and the public. The Criminal Justice Act, passed unanimously by this Parliament, will end non-statutory (consensual) stop and search when the Code comes into effect ”

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