Cyber Crime, Chemical Weapons, and Fake News – New Official Publications 26.03.18

Newly published official publications from :

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Scottish Parliament

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

The impact of Brexit on Scotland’s Growth Sectors – “This briefing brings together the latest research on the economic consequences of Brexit, assessing the impact on six key sectors (referred to as Growth Sectors) of the Scottish economy. They are: Food & Drink; Sustainable Tourism; Life Sciences; Creative Industries; Energy; and Financial & Business Services. The methodology adopted is a mix of desk research and interviews, analysing the latest data and including the views of industry experts.”

Prescription (Scotland) Bill – “Prescription sets time limits after which legal obligations (and associated rights) will be extinguished. In day to day life a wide range of legal obligations are affected by prescription, making it important in practice. This briefing provides an introduction to the current law of prescription and to the Prescription (Scotland) Bill.”

Cyber-crime in Scotland: A Review of the Evidence – “A review of the evidence around the scale and nature of cyber-crime affecting individuals and businesses in Scotland.

Structured according to police crime groupings, the desk-based review looks at the scale and nature of cyber-crime within each. The review marks an important first step in developing the evidence base.”

Westminster and the UK Government

House of Commons Library (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

House of Commons Library (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

The Chemical Weapons Convention – “This short briefing paper looks at the Chemical Weapons Convention in the context of the attack in Salisbury in March 2018.”

The public finances: a historical overview – “The past 300 years have seen major changes in the way Britain handles its public finances. This briefing paper looks at trends in public income, spending and debts during this time, and comments on how the money was raised, spent and scrutinised by Parliament.”

Leaving the EU: Health and Welfare of UK Citizens and Residents – “This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 29 March 2018 on the following motion moved by Baroness Brinton (Liberal Democrat): “that this House takes note of the effect of the United Kingdom’s planned withdrawal from the European Union on the health and welfare of United Kingdom citizens and residents”.”

The European Union

General view of the Plenary chamber in Brussels – PHS Hemicycle – Plenary session week 46 2014

Sport and physical activity – “The latest Eurobarometer on sport and physical activity follows three previous surveys conducted in 2002, 2009 and 2013. It was carried out in the 28 EU Member States in December 2017 and 28,031 EU citizens from different social and demographic categories were interviewed. The survey looked at frequency and levels of engagement in sport and other physical activity, for example the amount of time people spend doing vigorous and moderate physical activity, as well as walking and sitting down. It also took into consideration activities such as cycling, dancing or gardening. The survey also focused on where EU citizens engage in sport and other physical activity, whether in a club or in informal settings such as outdoors or on the way to/from work. Finally, it looked at the reasons why people engage in sport and other physical activity, as well as the barriers to practising sport more regularly and what kind of opportunities or support from local authorities they could get in their area.”

Fake News and Disinformation Online – “Online platforms and other Internet services have provided new ways for people to connect, to debate and to gather information. However, the spread of news that intentionally mislead readers has become an increasing problem for the functioning of our democracies, affecting people’s understanding of reality. In June 2017, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution calling on the European Commission to analyse in depth the current situation and legal framework with regard to fake news, and to verify the possibility of legislative intervention to limit the dissemination and spreading of fake content. This Flash Eurobarometer is designed to explore EU citizens’ awareness of and attitudes towards the existence of fake news and disinformation online. It covers the following issues: – Levels of trust in news and information accessed through different channels; – People’s perceptions of how often they encounter news or information that is misleading or false; – Public confidence in identifying news or information that is misleading or false; – People’s views on the extent of the problem, both in their own country and for democracy in general; – Views on which institutions and media actors should act to stop the spread of fake news.”

China [What Think Tanks are thinking] – “The National People’s Congress has recently confirmed Xi Jinping as China’s President, along with several appointments of his allies to top state jobs. It has also approved amendments to China’s Constitution which, in particular, abolish the limit of two five-year terms for the office of President, prompting concerns that the country is moving towards a more autocratic system. These decisions have cemented Xi’s grip on power in a country that plays an increasingly important role in the global economy, as well as in security and foreign affairs. Analysts say that China’s growing assertiveness poses a challenge to the United States, whose policies are becoming increasingly unpredictable, and to other international actors. This note offers links to recent commentaries, studies and reports from major international think tanks on China, its ties with the EU and related issues. More studies on the topics can be found in a previous edition of ‘What Think Tanks are thinking’ published in June, 2017.

Office for National Statistics

Consumer price inflation basket of goods and services: 2018 – “The “shopping baskets” of items used in compiling the various measures of consumer price inflation are reviewed each year. Some items are taken out of the baskets and some are brought in to make sure the measures are up to date and representative of consumer spending patterns. In 2018, 15 items have been added to the Consumer Prices Index including owner occupiers’ housing costs (CPIH) basket, 14 items have been removed and 7 have been modified.

Electoral statistics for UK: 2017 – “People registered to vote in Parliamentary and local government elections as recorded in the electoral registers published on 1 December for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.”

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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