Climate Change, Divisions, and a Brexit Reading List: No Deal – New Official Publications 24.09.19

Newly published official publications from :

Westminster and the UK Government

Big Ben

Image copyright: UK Parliament / Jessica Taylor

Policing in the UK – “This briefing discusses the key legislation for the governance of police services, how police forces work, including when they work together, how they organise their staff and how they are overseen.

The police service in the UK is divided into 47 separate police forces: 43 territorial police forces in England and Wales, a national police force in both Scotland and Northern Ireland and 2 specialist police forces: the British Transport Police and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.”

Brexit reading list: no deal – “This paper provides links to a selection of 2019 publications by private sector organisations, think tanks, research institutes and other academic institutions on a no-deal exit from the EU.

As the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement – or ‘deal’ – has become more likely, the commentary on and analysis of a no-deal scenario have increased.

The publications selected consider the general political, constitutional and economic implications of a no-deal Brexit rather than its effects in particular sectors. So, for information on future trade options or specific parts of the economy or agriculture, for example, see the relevant papers on the Library’s Brexit website.

Divisions in the House of Commons – “Divisions are the main form of voting in the House of Commons. This briefing paper describes how it works and how it developed.”

The European Union

European Parliament

European Parliament © European Union 2016

Discrimination in the EU (including LGBTI) – “On the occasion of its high-level conference on how to promote and improve LGBTI acceptance in society, the European Commission releases today its new Eurobarometer data focussing on attitudes towards LGTBI people and their rights across the EU. The whole Eurobarometer on discrimination will be released on October 24.”

Climate Change – “DGs CLIMA and ENER have published new Eurobarometer surveys showing strong public support for EU climate and energy policies. The surveys asked citizens from all EU Member States a variety of questions on current climate and energy policies and their wishes for future European action. Results were extremely encouraging with positive trends for citizens’ awareness of climate change, their desire for the EU and Member States to act, and willingness to take personal action to fight climate change. They also support prioritising an EU energy sector which is cleaner, more secure and more affordable. These surveys will be invaluable in shaping our climate and energy policies over the next five years. The survey results on EU climate policies is available in the reports on the Special Eurobarometer webpage.”

Climate change [What Think Tanks are thinking] – “The United Nations’ Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, will convene a special summit on climate change on 23 September, during the annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York. The meeting, entitled ‘Climate Action Summit 2019: A race we can win, a race we must win’, is meant to encourage world leaders to do more to limit emissions of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Guterres has said the meeting will seek to challenge states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens to step up action in the areas of energy transition, climate finance and carbon pricing, industry transition and nature-based solutions. This note offers links to a series of recent commentaries and reports from major international think tanks and research institutes on climate change and ways to mitigate it. Earlier reports on trade can be found in a previous edition of ‘What Think Tanks are thinking’ published in April 2019.”

The Scottish Parliament and Government

Scottish Parliament

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

Mainstreaming nature – international approaches to biodiversity conservation – “This briefing supports consideration of biodiversity mainstreaming in Scotland, by setting out a diverse range of examples of international approaches to biodiversity conservation. ”

Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2018-19 – “This bulletin presents statistics on crimes and offences recorded and cleared up by the police in Scotland, disaggregated by crime/offence group and by local authority.”

Non-sexual violence in Scotland: report – “This report collates the most up to date, complementary statistics on non-sexual violence in Scotland. The report presents a comprehensive picture of the current profile of non-sexual violence in Scotland and discusses trends over the last decade. The report includes data from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, Police Recorded Crime (including findings from research reports on police crime records for Robbery, Attempted murder & Serious assault, Handling offensive weapons), Criminal Proceedings data, Hospital Admissions data and a case study of NHS Lothian Assault Injury Surveillance data.”

Office for National Statistics

Working flexibly in the public sector – “Using survey data, the article explores different flexible working patterns in the public sector in the UK. It also explains reasons why people choose to work part-time.”

Pensions in the public sector finances: a methodological guide – “Explains the methods and data sources we use to record pensions in fiscal statistics”

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