Newly published official publications from :
Westminster and the UK Government
Brexit: the exit bill. The House of Commons Library has published a report on the exit bill. “When the UK leaves the EU it is expected to make a contribution towards the EU’s outstanding financial commitments. The media have labelled this as an ‘exit bill’ or ‘divorce bill’, the EU see it as a matter of ‘settling the accounts’. The issue will be discussed in the first phase of Brexit negotiations, under the title of the ‘single financial settlement’ (the settlement).”
Gambling Advertisements: Effect on Children. “This short briefing provides an overview of how gambling advertising is regulated, particularly with regard to protecting children, and includes a summary of statistics and comment on the issue.”
Connected and autonomous vehicles: Market forecast. “Research into the market for connected and autonomous vehicles and associated technologies. The size and value of the UK and global market is quantified under different scenarios. The opportunity for UK industry under these different scenarios is set out in terms of jobs and gross value added.”
The European Union
Discrimination and access to employment for female workers with disabilities. “The aim of this study is to exploit existing data and information on the access of women with disabilities to the labour market, in order to assess how multiple discrimination – gender and disability – affects the employment opportunities of these women. In addition, the study analyses whether and how the EU legislative and national policy frameworks address the multiple discrimination faced by women with disabilities.”
North Korea: Possible scenarios. “On 3 September 2017, North Korea conducted a sixth nuclear test, its most powerful yet, claiming to have successfully tested a miniaturised hydrogen bomb that would fit in an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The North Korean crisis, which has a long history, has now the potential to develop into a large-scale conflict affecting a large variety of actors across the globe. This has been made possible by the international community’s lack of a common strategy and Chinese support for the North Korean regime. As the international community tries to resolve the current crisis, analysts have identified a number of possible scenarios” which are considered in this briefing.
Landscapes in transition: An account of 25 years of land cover change in Europe – Study. “New data on land cover change in Europe up to 2012 show that total land cover change increased from the 2000‑2006 period to the 2006‑2012 period. There are indications that land use is changing even faster, e.g. through changes in agricultural practices, with a time lag of several years before the change is reflected and discernible in the land cover and landscape. Almost all trends in land cover change in Europe have been consistent throughout the 1990‑2012 period and show persistent conversion of agricultural land into man‑made surfaces, such as urban areas and infrastructure facilities. Land cover changes related to forest management remain largest in terms of total turnover.”
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Brexit: the financial settlement and the withdrawal agreement. “This SPICe briefing, prepared for the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee, provides background information about the EU budget and the UK contributions to the budget along with the EU27’s proposals for the financial settlement.”
Housing Statistics for Scotland 2017: key trends summary. “This publication presents annual statistics up to 31st March 2017 on total new housing supply in Scotland across all sectors, along with information on various elements of local authority housing such as stock, lettings, house sales, evictions, housing lists, and housing for older people and people with disabilities.”
Consultation on Fire and Smoke Alarms in Scottish Homes. (Closing 1st December 2017) “This consultation seeks views on possible changes to standards required for fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes. We propose extending the current minimum safety standards in private rented housing to all other tenures. We believe that where possible housing standards should be consistent across tenures. We have decided to prioritise this consultation so that it can contribute to our wider response to the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.”
The Office for National Statistics
Suicides in Great Britain: 2016 registrations. “Registered deaths in GB from suicide analysed by sex, age, area of usual residence of the deceased and suicide method.”
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