10 Issues to Watch in 2017, Future of Europe and Sexual Orientation in Scotland 2017 – Newly published Official Publications 30.01.17

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

House of Lords Library: The Queen's Room (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

House of Lords Library: The Queen’s Room (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill – “This short Bill offers Parliament its first opportunity to give legal effect to the result of the EU referendum, by providing the UK Government with authority to trigger Article 50 on leaving the EU.

The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill was published on 26 January 2017 and will be debated in the House of Commons from 31 January to 8 February 2017.”

Leaving the European Union: Customs Unions – An Introduction – “This Lords Library briefing provides information on customs unions in light of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.”

Higher education student numbers – “Headline student numbers have increased to new records following a short dip after to the 2012 reforms. There are however ongoing concerns about numbers outside this group where trends have not been so positive, including part-time undergraduates, some postgraduates students, overseas students from some countries, especially India, mature students and some disadvantaged groups. There is also uncertainty about the impact of Brexit on EU student numbers.

The European Union

European Parliament © European Union 2015

European Parliament © European Union 2015

Ten issues to watch in 2017 – “This is the first edition of a new EPRS publication designed to identify key issues and policy areas that are likely to feature prominently on the agenda of Members of the European Parliament over the coming year. Key issues presented include: the implications for the EU of the new US administration, the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, the migration crisis, rising inequalities, and the EU’s external security challenges, with a more specific examination of the situation in Ukraine. Other important policy areas covered are the budget, agriculture, climate and transport and, last but not least, the outlook for economic and monetary union.”

The 2016 Elections in the United States: Effects on the EU-US Relationship – “Despite (or because of) Donald Trump’s various campaign statements, it is hard to predict confidently what path his administration will take in a wide range of foreign-policy areas. It is however possible to identify key issues and challenges in EU-US relations during his presidency. This briefing provides an overview of issues where US policy may change sharply during the next four years and what this may mean for the EU. Less interventionism, less commitment to NATO and a retreat from trade liberalization could be central to Trump’s presidency. Transatlantic relations would be affected by US actions such as rapprochement with Russia and a softer line on the Ukraine conflict, alignment with Assad and Putin in Syria, extreme counterterrorism measures, abandoning the Iran nuclear deal, and unconditional support for Israel. Confrontation with China over trade and regional security, and reversal of environmental policies will also have repercussions for the EU. In order to mitigate all these risks, the EU must at least entrench existing cooperation with the US before trying to enhance it. It can The do so by reaffirming European unity and solving threats to its integration, by becoming a better security “producer” and by “thickening” interparliamentary exchanges.”

Future of Europe – “The “Future of Europe” survey was carried out between 24 September and 3 October 2016 in the 28 EU Member States. It is part of a series of reports initiated in 2006. The “Future of Europe” report presents a snapshot of the way Europeans perceived the EU and its future direction in 2016. It begins by considering the EU in today’s world: EU’s main assets and challenges, the EU’s values and the EU on the world scene. Then it tackles some aspects of political and social life in the EU and issues related to the future of Europe.

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Lighting through the Garden Lobby Roof of the Scottish Parliament ©2009 Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Lighting through the Garden Lobby Roof of the Scottish Parliament ©2009 Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Sexual Orientation in Scotland 2017 – A Summary of the Evidence Base – “This report draws together statistics and research on sexual orientation from a range of sources and presents these in a single bulletin, providing user-friendly infographics and commentary. It examines the differences between heterosexual adults in Scotland and those who self-identify their sexual orientation as lesbian, gay, bisexual or other in major household surveys.”

Draft Scottish Energy Strategy: The Future of Energy in Scotland – “A consultation on a draft Scottish Energy Strategy, which sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for the future energy system in Scotland, to 2050. It articulates the priorities for an integrated system-wide approach that considers both the use and the supply of energy for heat, power and transport. The Scottish Government are seeking views on the vision set out in the draft Energy Strategy and how we will seek to achieve this.”

Understanding forced marriage in Scotland – “This research was carried out to better understand forced marriage in Scotland, including professionals’ understandings of forced marriage and potential legal responses, and barriers to working in this field.”

Office for National Statistics

What information is there on British migrants living in Europe?: Jan 2017 – “This report seeks to establish what statistics are available that can be used to estimate the number of British migrants living in the European Union (EU). These data are not National Statistics. They have been collected by ONS from Eurostat and other European statistical offices.

Further education and skills: January 2017 – “This release provides information on post-16 learner participation and achievements in further education (FE) and skills. It presents statistics reported to date for the first quarter (August to October 2016) of the academic year 2016 to 2017 on:

  • adult (aged 19+) government-funded FE (excluding schools and higher education) comprising:
    • education and training, including offender learning (aged 18+)
    • apprenticeships
    • English and maths
    • community learning
    • advanced learner loans
    • traineeships (aged 16 to 24)
  • all age (aged 16+) apprenticeships in England
  • the highest level of qualification held by adults (aged 19 to 64) in England

Final data for earlier years is also available, along with data broken down by:

  • learner characteristics including:
    • gender
    • ethnicity
    • learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • different geographical areas

Additional breakdowns of this data are available in the FE data library.


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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