Newly published official publications from :
Westminster and the UK Government
Euratom – “A Commons Library briefing paper on Euratom, the European Atomic Energy Community.
Euratom, was established in the 1950s as part of the creation of the European Community. The UK became a member of both on 1 January 1973. Euratom provides the basis for the regulation of civilian nuclear activity, implements a system of safeguards to monitor the use of civil nuclear materials, controls the supply of fissile materials within EU member states, and funds leading international research.”
Autism – overview of UK policy and services – “This briefing provides an overview of policies and services for people with autism, primarily in England. 2019 marks ten years since the Autism Act 2009 was passed.”
Brexit and Delegated Legislation – “This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of how scrutiny of delegated legislation takes place in both Houses and considers the impact of Brexit on it.
Delegated legislation is law made by ministers under powers given to them by Acts of Parliament. Reasons for the use of delegated, rather than primary legislation, may include:
- providing for the technical implementation of a policy;
- filling in detail that may need to be updated frequently or is otherwise subject to change; and
- accommodating cases where the detailed policy has to work in different circumstances.
This briefing provides an overview of how scrutiny of delegated legislation takes place in both Houses and considers the impact of Brexit on it.”
The European Union
Europeans’ attitudes towards Internet security – “The Special Eurobarometer Survey 480 (EBS480) was carried out between 24th October and 7th November 2018 to collect the Europeans’ attitudes towards Internet security. 27,339 face-to-face interviews in all Member States were conducted with Europeans older than 15 years. Respondents provided information on how often and by which means they access the Internet, and what they do when they are online. They were asked on their concerns about their actions on the Internet, and which measures they undertake to lower the risk of falling victim to cyber crime. Europeans could express their feelings of how well informed they were about these risks, which actions they considered to be criminal, and whether they or people close to them had already been victims. Finally, the survey gathered information on which actions Europeans undertook if they became victims and which ways to report cyber crime they know of.”
How to prepare for Brexit – “In the absence of a Withdrawal Agreement, which would put in place a transition period until the end of 2020 (with the possibility of an extension foreseen in the Withdrawal agreement), the UK will be treated as a non-EU country for customs purposes as of 30 March 2019. It is now urgent that businesses in the EU start preparing for the UK’s withdrawal, if they have not yet done so.”
European Parliament: Facts and Figures – “This Briefing, published by the European Parliamentary Research Service, is designed to provide key facts and figures about the European Parliament, both in the 2014 to 2019 parliamentary term now drawing to a close – and in the seven previous terms since direct elections were introduced in June 1979. On the following pages you will find graphics of various kinds which: • detail the composition of the European Parliament now and in the past; • trace the increase in the number of parties represented in the EP and evolution of political groups; • chart the rise in the number of women sitting in the Parliament; • explain the electoral systems used in elections to the Parliament across the Member States; • show how turnout in European elections compares with that in national elections; • summarise the activity of the Parliament in the 2014-19 term, and in the 2009-14 term; • present the annual cost of the Parliament compared with other parliaments; • outline the composition of the Parliament’s main governing bodies. The Briefing has been updated regularly during the 2014-19 term to take account of latest developments.”
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2017-2018: main findings – “The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) is a large-scale social survey which asks people about their experiences and perceptions of crime. The 2017/18 survey is based on around 5,480 face-to-face interviews with adults (aged 16 or over) living in private households in Scotland. This report presents the results of the seventh SCJS, with interviews conducted between April 2017 and May 2018.
This report also contains results from the self-completion modules of the SCJS during the 2016/17 and 2017/18 survey sweeps.”
Persistent Poverty in Scotland: 2010-2017 – “The statistics in this report provide information on persistent poverty in Scotland. They are taken from the Understanding Society survey and so, as is true for all statistics derived from survey data, the statistics are subject to a degree of error. This means that implied changes over the years and between UK countries may not be significant and instead be within a given error range. More information can be found in the Background Notes and Methodology section.
Some estimates from previous years have been improved and will therefore differ between publications. The latest publication provides the most accurate estimates.
These statistics are currently being developed and have been published as ‘Experimental Statistics: data being developed’ to involve users and stakeholders in their development, and to build in quality and understanding at an early stage.”
Drug seizures and offender characteristics: 2017-2018 – “This bulletin presents Official Statistics on drug seizures made by the police in Scotland and the characteristics of those found in possession of drugs. These statistics relate to drugs controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, which divides drugs into three classes, namely A, B and C. For the purpose of this bulletin, the drug classifications at the end of the reporting period, 31 March 2018, have been applied to the data.”
The Office for National Statistics
Which occupations are at highest risk of being automated? – “Potential automation of occupations may have an impact on the labour market in future. Which jobs are most at risk, and what do we know about the people who do these jobs?”
Electoral statistics, UK: 2018 – “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.”
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