Newly published official publications from :
Westminster and the UK Government
Ethnic Minorities in Politics and Public life: “The latest estimate from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Annual Population Survey 2016 indicates that 13.6% of the UK population is non-white.” This report contains data on ethnic minority representation in Parliament, including devolved administrations, civil service and other public sector organisations.
What is the Council of Europe? “This Commons Library briefing gives a short introduction to the 47-member Council of Europe, which is a human rights and democracy organisation, entirely separate from the EU. Its best-known products are the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights that oversees how the Convention is implemented.”
The European Union
“Illicit trade in cultural goods is defined by the European Commission as the ‘illicit import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural property, i.e. items being of importance for archaeology, prehistory, history, literature, art or science’ and is characterised as ranging ‘from theft from cultural heritage institutions or private collections, through looting of archaeological sites to the displacement of artefacts due to war’. On 13 July 2017 the European Commission tabled a proposal for a regulation on the import of cultural goods, which will set out conditions and procedure for the entry of cultural goods into the customs territory of the EU. The Commission is also preparing a study on illicit trade in cultural goods in the EU and the new technologies available to combat it.”
Have European banks actually changed since the start of the crisis? An updated assessment of their main structural characteristics. “This paper documents trends in key bank variables over the 2003-2016 period for the set of banks that the ECB directly supervises as of January 1, 2017. A range of variables is considered that together indicate to what extent banks have been moving in the direction of better performance and greater stability. We examine variables related to bank profitability, activity mix, size, balance sheet composition, and loan impairment. The identified trends provide a mixed picture of whether banks have been moving in the right direction since the start of the crisis.”
Analysis of chemical constituents and additives in hydraulic fracturing waters: Technical review and proposal for a non-target approach. “This technical report is addressing the issue of chemical constituents and additives used in hydraulic fracturing and their occurrence in wastewaters resulting from hydraulic fracturing operation in the exploration and exploitation of unconventional hydrocarbons”
The Scottish Parliament and Government
The life chances of young people in Scotland: an evidence review for the First Minister’s Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality. “The review focuses primarily on young people aged 16 to 24 and their transition from school to adulthood. The review firstly discusses what the available evidence tells us about young people’s life chances across the following topics: poverty, wealth and financial capability; housing circumstances; employment and labour market outcomes; education and training; health and wellbeing; and youth justice. It then explores how young people’s life chances are shaped by area deprivation and other forms of disadvantage, and protected characteristics”
Annual and Quarterly Planning Performance Statistics, 2016/17: “This report presents statistics on planning decision-making and timescales across the years 2012/13 to 2016/17. It is based on quarterly data collected by the Scottish Government from Local and Planning Authorities as part of the Planning Performance Framework (introduced in 2012). Longer term trends are also presented where data for earlier years is available in a comparable format.”
Consultation: Parole Reform in Scotland. “This consultation [closing date 13 Oct 2017] seeks views on proposed amendments to primary legislation the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 and to secondary legislation the Parole Board (Scotland) Rules 2001.
The proposed amendments are in relation to the:-
- governance of the Parole Board for Scotland
- involvement of Scottish Ministers in the parole process
- tests that the Parole Board apply in determining whether to release
- timescales for subsequent reviews following initial consideration for parole
- way in which information is supplied to the Parole Board
- administrative procedures for considering cases as set out in the Parole Board (Scotland) Rules 2001 (“the Rules”).”
The Office for National Statistics
UK natural capital: ecosystem accounts for freshwater, farmland and woodland. “Each habitat can be thought of as an asset supplying a number of services that the economy and society benefit from. For example, food, water or clean air. The ecosystem accounts monitor the size and condition of these assets and also the quantity and value of the services supplied. In this bulletin, freshwater, woodland and farmland ecosystem accounts are presented in four sections:
- the size of the area covered by each habitat (extent account)
- indicators of the quality of the ecosystem and ability to continue supplying services (condition account)
- quantity and value of services supplied by the ecosystem (physical and monetary ecosystem service flow accounts)
- value of the asset, which represents the stream of services expected to be provided over the lifetime of the asset (monetary asset account).”
The impact of Shrinkflation on CPIH*, UK: January 2012 to June 2017. “Shrinkflation is used to describe the business practice of changing product pack size, while keeping its price the same. This article examines the effect of this practice on inflation.” Shrinkflation is where, for example, a chocolate bar changes in size from 85g to 80g, while the price and packaging remain the same.
*CPIH is the Consumer Prices Index including owner occupiers’ housing costs.
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