Newly published official publications from :
Westminster and the UK Government
Short Money – “This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides details of the current levels of ‘Short money’ allocated to opposition parties for parliamentary duties and a brief history of the scheme. Figures for the corresponding scheme in the House of Lords (Cranborne money) are provided. The note also provides details of allocations made under the Representative Money scheme.“
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 2019 data on UK trade with indiviual EU member states, as well as trade trends between 1999 and 2019.”
Obesity – “This paper covers the work of the UK Government in preventing and reducing obesity, which in recent years has greatly focussed on reducing obesity prevalence in children. A series of chapters from a childhood obesity plan have been the main developments: Childhood Obesity, A Plan for Action in August 2016, Childhood obesity: a plan for action, Chapter 2 in June 2018 and Chapter 3 as part of the July 2019 green paper, Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s.
Within these, the Government has introduced a number of measures aimed at reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity. These have generated a wide range of responses from stakeholders, who in some cases, have considered the measures too weak, or conversely, disproportionately restrictive.“
The European Union
Global mega-trends: Scanning the post-coronavirus horizon – “The European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) – the strategic foresight network of the European Union institutions – offers a valuable ‘free space’ in which to conduct a genuine continental, and potentially global, conversation about where the world is heading over the medium to long run. It was initiated by the European Parliament almost a decade ago in order to help promote a serious discussion of this kind. The third ESPAS Global Trends Report, Global Trends to 2030: Challenges and Choices for Europe, as published in April 2019. Transposing into the European context the kind of strategic foresight analysis undertaken in the United States by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) on global trends since the end of the 1990s, it aims to sketch the global and longer-term backdrop against which Europeans will seek to shape their future. The coronavirus pandemic broke out less than a year later.”
Standard Eurobarometer 93 – “Summer 2020 Standard Eurobarometer survey (EB93), was carried out in 34 countries or territories: the 27 European Union (EU) Member States, the United Kingdom, five candidate countries (the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania) and the Turkish Cypriot Community in the part of the country that is not controlled by the government of the Republic of Cyprus. The fieldwork took place between the 9th of July and the 26th of August 2020 in the EU27 Member States and between the 10th of July and the 10th of August 2020 in the other countries and territories. Exceptionally, this Standard Eurobarometer survey was conducted during summer (July-August) instead of spring because of the coronavirus pandemic and in some countries, alternative interview modes to face-to-face were necessary as a result of the situation. The survey includes topics such as the European political situation and the economic situation. It analyses how Europeans perceive their political institutions, both national governments and parliaments, the EU and its institutions as well as their main concerns. It also examines people’s attitudes on European citizenship and on issues linked to key policy areas. It also includes questions on the Europeans perceptions of the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences.”
The EU Clean Energy Package – “The EU Clean Energy Package, proposed by the European Commission in November 2016, includes eight legislative texts on the electricity market and consumers, Energy Efficiency and Energy Efficiency of buildings, Renewables & bioenergy sustainability as well as governance of the Energy Union. They were all published in the Official Journal of the European Union by June 2019. In this report, we will focus on two of the eight legislative texts; the Directive on common rules for the internal market in electricity (eDirective) and the Regulation on the internal market for electricity (e-Regulation).”
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Scottish General Election (Coronavirus) Bill – “The Scottish General Election (Coronavirus) Bill was introduced on 16 November 2020 in light of the public health emergency created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is understood that the Bill will be considered by the Parliament on an accelerated timetable.
The need for the accelerated timetable reflects the fact that electoral administrators require as much notice as possible of any legislation which affects an election. The Gould Report which investigated the issues that arose in the 2007 Scottish Parliament and local government elections concluded that electoral legislation should not be applied to any election held within six months of the new provision coming into force1.
The Bill seeks to make arrangements so that the general election to the Scottish Parliament can be held on Thursday 6 May 2021 as scheduled in spite of the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. The Bill does not seek to make long-term changes to electoral law.”
Policing – complaints handling, investigations and misconduct issues: independent review – “First independent review of complaint handling, misconduct and investigations since the creation of new policing structures in 2013. It reviews the effectiveness of the new systems for dealing with complaints against the police, how well complaints are investigated and the processes involved.“
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill – “This Bill seeks to incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots law. Public authorities, including Scottish Ministers, will be legally obliged to respect children’s rights, and rights-holders will be able to challenge public authorities in the courts for breaches of their rights.“
Office for National Statistics
Employee earnings in the UK: 2020 – “Measures of employee earnings, using data from the Annual Survey for Hours and Earnings (ASHE).“
Business demography, UK: 2019 – “Change in the number of UK businesses broken down by sector of the economy.“
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