Solemn Cases, Wild Salmon, and Statistics on UK-EU Trade – New Official Publications 29.07.19

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

House of Lords Library: The Queen's Room (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

House of Lords Library: The Queen’s Room (c) Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

Food Banks in the UK – “The primary source of data on food bank use is the Trussell Trust. This national charity provides food parcels to people referred to it by professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers and the Citizens Advice who meet certain requirements. Other charities also operate food banks or similar services, but there is no centrally collected data on them, except in Scotland. The data used here is mostly from the Trussell Trust, and so it should be considered incomplete – there are some areas where the Trussell Trust does not operate, but where other services may have delivered food parcels.”

Statistics on UK-EU trade – “This note provides basic figures on UK trade with the EU. The attached Excel spreadsheet (see under Supporting documents) allows for easy access and presentation of detailed 2018 data on UK trade with indiviual EU member states, as well as trade trends between 1999 and 2018.”

Impact of the House of Lords: Analysis of Parliamentary Session 2016–17 – “This House of Lords Library Briefing is the result of an initiative by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology to foster collaborative work between academics and Parliament. As part of this scheme, the House of Lords Library hosted Dr Ruth Dixon of the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, to explore the impact of the House of Lords, focusing on the chamber’s legislative role. In this briefing, Dr Dixon describes how she used her novel methodology to analyse amendments to government legislation in the most recent completed parliamentary session, 2016–17. This analysis is followed by two case studies which explore interactions between the Government and legislators during the same session. The first outlines the response of Parliament in April 2017 to the unexpected announcement of a general election. The second analyses the fate of part of the Children and Social Work Act 2017: clauses that were intended to allow local authorities to apply to be exempted from statutory provisions in children’s social care. Overall Dr Dixon concludes that the impact of the House of Lords is relatively subtle. In order to influence policy through legislation, Members must not only gather cross-party support within the chamber, they must also gain the support of the Commons. Her analysis shows various ways in which this is achieved.”

The European Union

European Parliament © European Union 2015

European Parliament © European Union 2015

Rule of law in the European Union – “The European Commission releases today a new Eurobarometer survey on the rule of law in the EU together with the Commission ‘Communication on strengthening the rule of law in the European Union’. The survey covers perceptions of Europeans on the importance of the rule of law in their country and in other EU Member States, and on the perceived need for improvement of the respect of the rule of law. Results show overwhelming support of Europeans for the rule of law in their country and in the EU, and most Europeans say the rule of law needs to be improved in their country.”

The role of constitutional courts, a comparative law perspective – Canada: The Supreme Court – “This study is part of a wider project investigating, from a comparative law perspective, the role of constitutional courts of different states. Following a brief historical introduction to the jurisdiction of the state in question, the various reports examine the composition, internal organization, functioning, jurisdiction of the various highest courts, as well as the right of access to its courtroom, its procedural rules, and the effects and the execution of its judgments. The present study examines Canada’s highest court, the Supreme Court. While all judicial courts may rule on constitutional matters, the Supreme Court of Canada enjoys a privileged status in the Canadian legal landscape. As the ultimate arbiter of the Constitution, it has the final word with respect to constitutional interpretation, notably in constitutional matters. It thus plays a central role in Canada’s federal democracy.”

Detecting and protecting victims of trafficking in hotspots – “This study focuses on the issue of trafficking in human beings in the specific context of hotspots. It analyses the processes in place to facilitate the detection of victims when they arrive by sea on Greek and Italian shores, as well as the protection they are granted.

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Lighting through the Garden Lobby Roof of the Scottish Parliament ©2009 Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Lighting through the Garden Lobby Roof of the Scottish Parliament ©2009 Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Anatomy of modern Free Trade Agreements – “Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) can regulate a range of matters beyond the basic commitment to liberalise trade in goods by removing tariffs. This overview of two recent FTAs illustrates how states can take advantage of these treaties to achieve deeper economic and policy integration. It is topical to look into these arrangements, because the UK could embark on the negotiation of new FTAs after Brexit. This briefing explores the range of matters that modern FTAs can cover. ”

Wild Salmon – “Wild salmon in Scotland are in decline, having reached their lowest rod catch ever in 2018. Salmon face a number of different pressures as they migrate from their spawning grounds in rivers down to the coast, across the open ocean and back to their native rivers again.”

Investigation and prosecution of sheriff solemn cases: thematic review – “Serious criminal cases are dealt with under solemn procedure (“solemn cases”). All such cases are heard in the High Court or the Sheriff Court by a judge sitting with a jury of 15 people. This report focuses on cases prosecuted in the sheriff solemn courts.”

Office for National Statistics

Net zero and the different official measures of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions – “The UK government has announced a target of net zero for UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. This article explains what net zero means, how progress towards it is measured and the differences between official measures of UK GHG emissions.”

UK natural capital: mountains, moorland and heath accounts – “This bulletin contains ecosystem accounts for the mountains, moorlands and heath (MMH) environment in the United Kingdom. This forms part of the UK natural capital accounts being developed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This is the first iteration of the MMH ecosystem account and builds on the article UK natural capital: developing UK mountains, moorland and heathland ecosystem accounts, incorporating data and analysis.”


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  1. Reblogged this on SWOP Forum.

  2. These are great sources of information. Thank you!

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