Coronavirus (COVID-19), Artificial Intelligence, and Material Footprint in the UK – New Official Publications 06.04.20

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

Coronavirus: Policing the instruction to stay at home – “On Monday 23 March the Prime Minister made an address to the nation in which he announced extraordinary measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the UK. This short briefing paper explains the new temporary powers to enforce the instruction to stay at home given by the Prime Minister.”

Coronavirus Act: Food supply – “The Coronavirus Act provides powers to require information about food supply chains. The Government has said that it is collaborating with the food sector to manage the risk of disruption to supply chains, but that the Act provides powers in case requests for voluntary provision of information were not to be complied with in the future.

Coronavirus: Latest economic data – “The coronavirus outbreak is causing significant disruption to the economy. Given the speed at which the outbreak has spread and the public health response to it, official economic data reflecting the impact will not be published until late April at the earliest. Until then, a range of other sources, such as business surveys and anecdotal information, can be used to capture at least some of the impact of coronavirus on the economy. This briefing collates the economic data that is available into a single page that is frequently updated.

The European Union

European Parliament © European Union 2015

European Parliament © European Union 2015

Coronavirus: What should policy-makers do? [What Think Tanks are thinking] – “The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread around the world. Governments have adopted preventive measures of varying degrees of severity. Analysts and commentators continue to call for a more coordinated response to the disease, notably at European Union level, without always agreeing on what the precise response should be. Meanwhile, some are beginning to try to envisage how the world will have changed once the virus is finally contained. This note offers links to recent commentaries and reports from international think tanks on the coronavirus and related issues. Earlier publications on the topic can be found in the previous edition in this series, published by EPRS on 26 March.”

Europeans and Artificial Intelligence – “Questions on artificial intelligence were included in the Standard Eurobarometer 92 survey. The survey was conducted from 14 to 29 November 2019 in the then 28 EU Member States.”

Attitudes towards the impact of digitalisation on daily lives – “The European Commission conducted a survey on “The Impact of Digitalisation on our Daily Lives”. Close to seven in ten respondents, consider themselves sufficiently skilled in the use of digital devices in their daily lives. When it comes to the use of digital devices the survey shows that almost eight in ten respondents would like to oblige manufacturers to make digital devices easier to repair. However, this proportion decreases to four in ten, if that implies an increase in prices. Regarding the sharing and controlling of personal data, four in ten are willing to share their personal data securely to improve medical research and care, while about three in ten are willing to do so in exceptional situations (e.g. natural disasters, terrorist attacks). Just over six in ten respondents say that they would find having a single digital ID for all online services useful.

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance – “Guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19), including business, healthcare, education and housing.”

Student Support guidance for Scotland during COVID-19 Outbreak: medical, nursing and midwifery – “Guidance on student support for medical, nursing and midwifery students during the COVID19 outbreak.

Criminal proceedings in Scotland: 2018-2019 – “Statistics are presented on criminal proceedings concluded in Scottish courts and on a range of measures available as alternatives to prosecution, which are issued by the police and by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.”

Office for National Statistics

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – “Latest data and analysis on coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK and its effect on the economy and society.

Material footprint in the UK: 2017 – “The UK’s material footprint captures the amount of domestic and foreign extraction of materials needed to produce the goods and services used by households, governments and charities in the UK.


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