Newly published official publications from :
Westminster and the UK Government
Registration of Stillbirth; “This Commons Library briefing paper deals with the registration of stillbirths across the UK. When a baby is stillborn (born dead) after 24 weeks pregnancy, the birth must be registered. However, there is no provision to allow the registration of stillbirths before the 24th week of pregnancy. There have been calls for the law to be changed.”
Qatar Crisis; “Saudi Arabia and allied states have imposed a blockade on Qatar in protest against its foreign policy. Could it lead to the closure of Al-Jazeera, or even the end of the Gulf Cooperation Council as we know it?”
Avian influenza in wild birds: winter 2016 to 2017; “Report on weekly findings of highly pathogenic avian influenza (bird flu) H5N8 in wild birds in Great Britain.”
The European Union
New radio frequencies for mobile internet services; “While radio spectrum management is predominantly a national competence, EU policy plays an increasingly important role in its coordination and harmonisation. The EU actively seeks ways to harmonise use of the different bands of the spectrum to meet the ever-growing demand for wireless mobile broadband. Nevertheless, spectrum allocation in the EU remains fragmented and varies among Member States. Following developments in the international framework, as well as the considerations of high-level expert groups and a public consultation, the Commission adopted a long-term strategy for use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band. The strategy proposes to repurpose the 694-790 MHz band, to use it for wireless broadband rather than television broadcasting. The latter is to have priority in the 470-694 MHz band. Under the agreement among the co-legislators, Member States will reassign the 694-790 MHz band by 30 June 2020. This reallocation may be delayed by up to two years in duly justified cases, examples of which are given in the agreed text. Broadcasting services will maintain priority in 470-694 MHz band at least until 2030, but the Member States will have certain flexibility to use this range for other purposes.”
The impact of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union on Scotland, Wales and Gibraltar: “Upon request by the AFCO Committee, the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs has commissioned this in-depth analysis on the impact of Brexit on the devolved territories of Scotland and Wales as well as the Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. It examines the economic and political implications of Brexit on these territories, the consequences of the possible return to devolved administrations of formerly ‘Europeanised’ competencies and looks at how Brexit might affect their future status within the UK as well as their relations with the EU.”
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Local Government finance: Facts and figures, 2010-11 to 2017-18: “This briefing provides a range of factual information and analysis on local government finance, including the profile of the local government budget over time, Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates income, and fees and charges for services, from 2010-11 to 2017-18. ”
The Quality of Silence: “Observations of the oppressive societal factors currently obstructing child victims and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse from reporting their abuser, within the European Union.”
Women in Farming and the Agriculture Sector: The “aim of this research project is to investigate the role of women in farming and the agriculture sector in Scotland under five headings: daily life, aspirations, career paths, leadership and comparative analysis with women in other family businesses. During the research, the importance of inheritance, training and farm safety also emerged as important issues.”
Office for National Statistics
Persistent poverty in the UK and EU: 2015. Rates of persistent relative income poverty for the UK are compared with other EU countries.
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people say they experience a lower quality of life; “Across all positive ONS metrics of quality of life, life satisfaction, happiness, and perception that things they do in life are worthwhile, people who were heterosexual or straight rated each of these aspects of quality of life higher than their LGB counterparts.”
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