Biometric Recognition, Afghanistan, and Baby Boxes : New Official Publications 16.08.21

European Union

© European Union, 2021

Biometric Recognition and Behavioural Detection Assessing the ethical aspects of biometric recognition and behavioural detection techniques with a focus on their current and future use in public spaces: “This study … analyses the use of biometric techniques from an ethical and legal perspective. Biometric techniques raise a number of specific ethical issues, as an individual cannot easily change biometric features, and as these techniques tend to intrude into the human body and ultimately the human self. Further issues are more generally associated with large-scale surveillance, algorithmic decision making, or profiling. The study analyses different types of biometric techniques and draws conclusions for EU legislation.”

Prison and drugs in Europe: Current and future challenges. “This European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) Insights report provides a comprehensive overview of the current knowledge and latest developments in the field of drug use and prison in the 30 countries reporting to the EMCDDA up to the end of 2020: the 27 EU Member States, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.”

2021 report on gender equality in the EU: “This is the first report under the new [Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025]. It takes stock of where the EU and its Member States stand on gender equality one year after the adoption of the Strategy.”

Westminster & the UK Government

© Parliamentary Copyright House of Commons 2021. Contains Parliamentary information licensed under the Open Parliament Licence v3.0

Resettlement scheme for locally employed civilians in Afghanistan: “As British and coalition forces withdraw from Afghanistan there are increasing fears for the safety of thousands of former locally employed Afghan civilians who assisted them. This briefing examines the Government’s policies for resettlement of locally employed civilians in the UK.”

Sport in our communities: The “Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted a number of important issues facing community and grassroots sport.
Despite the Government allowing people to exercise outside for one hour a day, either alone or with their household, during lockdowns, team sport and group exercise was halted; gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools were closed down. … The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has provided an opportunity to reflect on what needs to be done to ensure the long-term survival and prosperity of the community and grassroots sport sector.”

Shaping future support: The Health and Disability Green Paper “aims to explore how the benefits system can better meet the needs of disabled people and people with health conditions now and in the future, to build a system that enables people to live independently and move into work where possible. … Our approach must be informed by different views and opinions, particularly those of disabled people and people with health conditions.” Consultation closes on 11th October 2021.

Scottish Parliament & Government

Contains information licenced under the Scottish Parliament Copyright Licence.

Frequently asked questions: session 6 new constitutional arrangements: “This briefing provides answers to some frequently asked questions about new constitutional arrangements which have emerged as the UK has left the European Union.”

Baby Box Evaluation: “This report presents the main findings from an evaluation of Scotland’s Baby Box scheme, conducted by Ipsos MORI Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government between June 2019 and Autumn 2020. The majority of fieldwork – including survey and qualitative research with parents – was conducted prior to the March 2020 lockdown due to COVID-19. The report therefore largely focuses on experiences and views of the scheme prior to COVID-19.”

Implementation of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009: Report to the Scottish Parliament – 2020: “Report detailing progress of the work carried out in 2020 through the implementation of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009”

Official Statistics

© Office for National Statistics 2021. Contains Parliamentary information licensed under the Open Parliament Licence v3.0

Census unearthed: explore 50 years of change from 1961: “From having an inside toilet to how many of us are married, newly digitised data show how the ways we live changed from 1961 to 2011.”

Attitudes towards COVID-19 among passengers arriving into the UK: February 2021 to June 2021 : “Monthly figures on the attitudes of UK and overseas residents arriving into the UK towards social distancing, mask wearing, and COVID-19 restrictions and the proportion who had been vaccinated, using unweighted results from the International Passenger Survey, February to June 2021 (experimental statistics).”

Household Estimates: “Number and percentage of total dwellings that are occupied, vacant, unoccupied and exempt from paying council tax, long-term empty, second homes, are occupied and exempt from paying council tax, and that are receiving Single Adult Council Tax discount. An ‘occupied dwelling’ is roughly equivalent to a household.”

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