Seagulls, floods, and data clouds – Newly published Official Publications 13.02.17

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

Big Ben

Image copyright: UK Parliament / Jessica Taylor

Seagulls in coastal towns and cities. This pack was put together for the debate held on Tuesday 7th February regarding the issue of seagull numbers, and seagull attacks. “Animal welfare is a devolved issue. Gulls currently enjoy protected status in the UK; all species of are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985. This makes it illegal to intentionally or, in Scotland and Northern Ireland, recklessly injure or kill any gull or damage or destroy an active nest or its contents.”

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.”

Making better use of local data in flood frequency estimation: report. “Flood frequency estimates are an essential part of flood risk management. They tell us what flood flows are expected to occur for a given rarity. They are central to many important decisions, such as the design and operation of flood defences, flood mapping, informing planning decisions in flood risk areas and long-term investment planning.” The Flood Estimation Handbook CD-ROM (FEH CD-ROM) is available from staff on Level 7 of the library. The accompanying Flood Estimation handbook is available in Geography on Level 6.

The European Union

European Parliament

European Parliament © European Union 2016

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) “This briefing gives an overview of the role of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) in setting international standards in banking regulation and supervision. It also raises the questions on how the preparatory work is organised in the European Union in order to enhance transparency and co-operation.”

Privacy and security in personal data clouds: “The main objective of this study is to identify the different architectures and components of Personal Data Clouds (PDCs) and discuss their privacy and security challenges. Based on an empirical analysis of various applications that fall under, or are close to, the definition of PDCs, the study presents a “state of the art” analysis of the security and privacy features of PDCs.”

Child-friendly justice: perspectives and experiences of children and professional : summary. “Children’s effective participation in judicial proceedings is vital for improving the operation of justice. Following up on the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) 2015 report on child-friendly justice, the Commission issued a policy brief on children’s involvement in criminal, civil and administrative judicial proceedings in the 28 EU Member States. The Commission also committed itself to publicising the Council of Europe’s 2010 Guidelines on child-friendly justice, which promote children’s rights to be heard, to be informed, to be protected and to non-discrimination, as well as the principle of the best interests of the child.”

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Scottish Parliament

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

Fracking – A Consultation on Unconventional Oil and Gas is currently open and seeking views. “The future of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland has proven both complex and controversial, and deeply held, sincere views have emerged on all sides of the debate.” Deadline date is 31 May 2017.

Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Times. ISD (Information Services Division) Scotland produces weekly and monthly routine reports on emergency departent waiting times – the latest figures for the month ending 31st December 2016 has just been published.

The Police Officer quarterly strength statistics up to 31st December 2016 provides statistics on the number of full-time police officers employed by Police Scotland.

Office for National Statistics

Alcohol-related deaths in the UK: registered in 2015. “Deaths caused by diseases known to be related to alcohol consumption, such as cirrhosis of the liver.”

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

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