Newly published official publications from :
The European Union
Europe’s urban air quality: Re-assessing implementation challenges in cities. “Air pollution is one of the most important environmental problems affecting people’s health, particularly in urban areas of Europe. Over the past decade, air quality has slowly improved in many of Europe’s cities, as a direct result of more robust air quality policies across various governance levels, the introduction of targeted measures and actions, and technological improvements that have reduced emissions from various sources. Nevertheless, many cities and regions still experience exceedances of the regulated limits for air pollutants.”
Robots in healthcare: A solution or a problem? Workshop proceedings – Study. “This report summarises the presentations and discussions of a workshop on the use of robots and AI in healthcare, held at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday 19 February 2019. The aim of the workshop was to provide background information and advice for Members of the ENVI Committee on the status and prospects of applying robotic and artificial intelligence (AI) based technologies in healthcare.”
The impact of the UK’s withdrawal on the institutional set-up and political dynamics within the EU. “This study … examines the impact of Brexit on the institutional balance within the Council and European Parliament, on the interinstitutional balance and on the necessity of Treaty changes, and delineates constitutional limits on the participation of non-Member States in EU policies.”
Westminster and the UK Government
Progress delivering the Emergency Services Network: National Audit Office Report. The Emergency Services Network (ESN) has been chosen by the goverment to replace the current communications system (Airwave) used by Great Britain’s emergency services. Following issues that delayed the timeframe, the Home Office announced a ‘reset’ and change to the approach of launching ESN in September 2018. “This report examines what the 2018 reset means for the ESN programme and the extent to which the reset has addressed the programme’s most significant risks.”
Government responses published on the 9th of May:
- The government’s response to the Scottish Affairs Committee’s February 2019 Report on The Future of the Oil and Gas Industry.
- The government’s response to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s February 2019 Report: Disinformation and ‘fake news’.
- The government’s response to the Home Affairs Committee’s October 2018 Report on Domestic abuse.
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Devolved Social Security powers: progress and plans. “This briefing provides an update on the devolution of certain aspects of social security, primarily following the Scotland Act 2016. By 2024 Social Security Scotland is expected to be delivering a range of social security provision including carer’s and disability benefits. A separate briefing will provide further detail on individual benefits. This paper focuses on the timeline, delivery agencies and funding.”
What a ‘no deal’ Brexit means for civil and criminal law in Scotland: A summary of subordinate legislation considered by the Justice Committee to date. “This report from the Justice Committee summarises the changes that have been made via subordinate legislation considered by the Committee to civil and criminal law in Scotland in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario for Brexit.”
Report on Police Scotland’s proposal to introduce the use of digital device triage systems (cyber kiosks*). Report from the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing from its inquiry into the proposal by Police Scotland to roll-out digital device triage systems (commonly known as cyber kiosks).
*”Cyber kiosks are software systems, which look like small laptops, and are designed to image or extract electronic data held on a variety of digital devices, such as mobile phones, tablet/surface devices etc. This allows that data to be analysed by a third party, such as the police. Cyber kiosks form part of the wider digital forensic systems used by some UK police forces as part of modern policing.”
Full-Time and Part-Time Employment: “Number and percentage of people in full time and part time employment (aged 16+). The data used for this indicator is taken from the Annual Population Survey (APS). The APS is the largest annual household survey in Scotland and provides a wealth of information about individuals’ personal circumstances and their work.”
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