Newly published official publications from :
Westminster and the UK Government
Secondary ticketing – “This Commons briefing paper considers recent initiatives to regulate the secondary ticketing market, including important new measures contained in the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and the Digital Economy Act 2017.
The online resale of tickets (the secondary ticketing market) applies to recreational, sporting or cultural events in the UK. Secondary ticketing, especially pricing, is a subject that attracts great public interest. This Commons briefing paper considers recent initiatives to regulate the secondary ticketing market.”
Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill 2017-19 – “This paper explains the policy background to and contents and purpose of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill 2017-19 (HC Bill 112).
The application of ‘intelligence’ to cars is gathering pace and there is a strong push by manufacturers to develop automated vehicles which will drive themselves. Currently, insurance law is driver-centric: all (human) drivers have to have insurance in order to provide compensation for third parties for personal injury or property damage due to a driving related incident. The Government’s view is that such principles need to be extended to cover automated vehicles when the car is the driver and the ‘driver’ is sometimes a passenger…”
Universal Credit roll-out: 2018-19 – “Universal Credit roll-out was around 11% complete across Great Britain as of December 2017, in terms of the number of households on UC. However, progress varies considerably between constituencies. Almost half of jobseekers are now on UC rather than “legacy” benefits. The majority of households receiving support for rent, children or incapacity are yet to move onto UC. This briefing provides a guide to roll-out of the Full Service in 2018/19 and original HC Library estimates for the progress or UC roll-out by constituency, region and across Great Britain.”
The European Union
The end of roaming charges one year later – “Thanks to the EU roaming rules, in place since 15 June 2017, consumers can use their mobile phone while travelling abroad in the EU as they would do at home, without paying extra charges. This Flash Eurobarometer survey measures the awareness of roaming rules and the changes of users’ patterns of roaming services when traveling in the EU.”
European drug report 2018 – “The Trends and Developments report presents a toplevel overview of the drug phenomenon in Europe, covering drug supply, use and public health problems as well as drug policy and responses. Together with the online Statistical Bulletin and 30 Country Drug Reports, it makes up the 2018 European Drug Report package. This report is based on information provided to the EMCDDA by the EU Member States, the candidate country Turkey and Norway in an annual reporting process. The purpose of the current report is to prove an overview and summary of the European drug situation and responses to it. The statistical data reported here relate to 2016 (or the last year available)…”
EU-Japan cooperation on global and regional security – a litmus test for the EU’s role as a global player? – “Within their partnership, the EU and Japan recognise each other as being essentially civilian (or ‘soft’) powers that share the same values and act in the international arena solely with diplomatic means. However, the evolution of the threats they face and the unpredictability now shown by their strategic ally, the US, have led both the EU and Japan to reconsider the option of ‘soft power-only’ for ensuring their security. They have both begun the — albeit long —process of seeking greater strategic autonomy. The EU’s Global Strategy adopted in 2016 aims clearly to ‘develop a more politically rounded approach to Asia, seeking to make greater practical contributions to Asian security’. Like the EU, Japan has identified ‘a multipolar age’ in which the rules-based international order that has allowed it to prosper is increasingly threatened. In line with its security-related reforms, Japan has decided to ‘take greater responsibilities and roles than before in order to maintain the existing international order’ and resolve a number of global issues. The EU and Japan may increase their cooperation at the global and strategic level and in tackling these challenges at the regional or local level. The Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) between the EU and Japan will provide opportunities for such cooperation, which should also be open to others. This is an opportunity for the EU to demonstrate that it is a consistent and reliable partner, and a true ‘global player’. The Council Conclusions of 28 May 2018 on ‘Enhanced security cooperation in and with Asia’ are a step in this direction but need to be translated into action.“
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Scotland’s Place in Europe: Security, Judicial Co-operation and Law Enforcement – “Scotland’s Place in Europe: Security, Judicial Co-operation and Law Enforcement aims to improve the understanding about why maintaining a close relationship with the EU in the area of security, judicial and law enforcement is vital for Scotland.
This paper sets out the key benefits to law enforcement agencies in Scotland of participating in the European Union’s security, law enforcement and criminal justice co-operation framework in fighting crime, keeping people safe and keeping pace with operational developments.
It stresses the importance of taking account of the fact that Scotland has a separate criminal justice system, and that our law enforcement agencies should maintain direct links with their EU counterparts, when the future security partnership with the European Union is negotiated.
The paper also highlights the key cross cutting issues in the UK-EU negotiations and explains why data sharing arrangements and the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union are potential barriers to the United Kingdom having a close relationship with the European Union in the justice and security area.”
Religiously Aggravated Offending in Scotland 2017-18 – “Analysis of charges reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service of Scotland (COPFS) with a religious aggravation under Section 74 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003. The report provides information about the nature of the religiously aggravated offending charges, the accused and the victims.”
Scoping ‘Areas of Search’ Study for offshore wind energy in Scottish Waters, 2018 – “The Scoping ‘Areas of Search’ Study for offshore wind energy in Scottish Waters, 2018 describes the process to identify Areas of Search to potentially be developed into Draft Plan Options for Offshore Wind.
As the first stage of the sectoral marine planning process for offshore wind, this scientific study identifies the initial Areas of Search, which are then subject to a process of consultation and assessment, in order to become Final Plan Options.
These Options, once adopted, will outline the spatial footprint within which any future commercial scale offshore wind development (over 100 MW) should take place, in Scotland. This report describes the process to identify Areas of Search that contain the best resource and overall suitability for future development.”
Office for National Statistics
Government expenditure on science, engineering and technology, UK: 2016 – “Science, engineering and technology (SET) annual expenditure by UK government departments, research councils and higher education funding councils. Also includes indicative UK contributions to EU research and development expenditure.“
An expenditure-based approach to poverty in the UK: financial year ending 2017 – “This article will discuss expenditure-based poverty measures and how these can be considered alongside income-based ones. A demographic breakdown of both income and expenditure poverty will be provided.”
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