Rising Cost of Living, Green Central Banking, and the Future of Rail : New Official Publications 30.08.22

Westminster & the UK Government

Image of the title page of China and the US in the Middle East: Iran and the Arab Gulf publication
© Parliamentary Copyright House of Commons 2022. Contains Parliamentary information licensed under the Open Parliament Licence v3.0

China and the US in the Middle East: Iran and the Arab Gulf – “China’s interest in the Middle East has primarily been economic but is growing more strategic. With the launch of China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) and its growing demand for imported oil, the Gulf has assumed greater significance to it.

While China’s influence is growing, it remains far less substantial as a security partner for the Gulf states than the US. China’s attempts to balance its relations with Israel, the Arab Gulf States and Iran also creates its own challenges—these states often being in tension with each other.

This briefing sets out China’s regional priorities. It then provides a snapshot of Chinese trade and security engagement with the Arab Gulf powers, analysis of a China-Iran-Russia axis, and the significance of this for US-led interests.”

The future of rail – “This briefing provides an overview of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, the Government’s White Paper on rail reform, and some of the key challenges ahead for the railway in Great Britain, along with an explanation of the arrangements the Government has put in place to ensure services continued to run during the Covid-19 pandemic. This briefing also provides an overview of the current system and how the railway in Great Britain has been structured over the last 30 years.”

Rising cost of living in the UK – “This briefing gives an overview of rising prices, particularly food, energy and fuel prices, including the effect of the conflict in Ukraine. It outlines Government support as well as how inflation, interest rates and other policies which will affect household budgets.”

Scottish Parliament & Government

Image of the title page of the Women in Agriculture Business Skills Training  publication
Contains information licenced under Crown Copyright.

Women in agriculture business skills training – focus groups: final report – “This report outlines the main findings from research carried out to inform the development of two new business skills courses for women living and working in Scottish agriculture.”

Assessing school age childcare in rural and island areas: research – “This report looks at the existing models of childcare in rural and island areas, the challenges parents face accessing childcare, and challenges providers face delivering childcare.”

Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill – “The Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill seeks to make changes in relation to bail for people who have been accused of a crime, as well as arrangements for the release of prisoners.”

European Union

Image of the title page of How the EU treaties are Modified publication
© Publications Office of the European Union, 2022

How the EU Treaties are modified – “With the Conference on the Future of Europe now at an end, a new phase has started: that of following up on the more than 320 recommendations it produced. This process is however a complicated one. Legally, ways to implement the Conference’s recommendations may require changes to the European Union (EU) Treaties, which is a complex and challenging process. Politically, debating how to implement reforms and deciding to what extent to modify the EU legal system may require intense negotiations. The current EU Treaties, which are the fruit of successive reforms occurring over the last 35 years, may be modified only according to a complex set of procedures. The ordinary revision procedure may be used to amend any part of the Treaties, including the modifications of the institutional set up and of the Union’s competences. The simplified revision procedure may only be used to modify limited areas of EU policies – namely Title III of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union – or the Council’s decision-making rules…”

Green central banking – “Central banks are important actors in the transition towards net zero for three reasons. First, they can manage risks to the financial system and the economy as a whole that arise because of climate change. Second, central banks have themselves become market actors and can help to channel funds into sustainable investments in order to finance the green transformation. Third, they share their expertise to encourage behavioural changes. Measures undertaken by central banks to address these issues are commonly referred to as ‘green central banking’.”

Solar energy in the EU – “The EU solar energy strategy proposed under the REPowerEU plan aims to make solar energy a cornerstone of the EU energy system. Boosting renewable energy is also an important part of the European Green Deal in the context of the green transition towards climate neutrality. Solar energy is affordable, clean and has been the fastest-growing energy source in the last decade. It can be used for electricity and heating, while also helping reduce EU dependency on energy imports by replacing them with domestic production. EU measures to boost solar energy include making the installation of solar panels on the rooftops of new buildings obligatory within a specific timeframe, streamlining permitting procedures for renewable energy projects, improving the skills base in the solar sector and boosting the EU’s capacity to manufacture photovoltaic panels.”

Official Statistics

Estimates of markups, market power and business dynamism from the Annual Business Survey, Great Britain: 1997 to 2019 – “Experimental statistics on profitability, business markup estimates, market power and business dynamism based on firm-level business survey data, showing how the economy has changed over the period 1997 to 2019.”

Estimates of total factor productivity from the Annual Business Survey, Great Britain: 1998 to 2019: August 2022 – “Experimental statistics on firm-level capital stocks, total factor productivity and aggregate productivity decompositions, based on the Annual Business Survey.”

Standardised illness ratios by National Statistics Socioeconomic Classification, England and Wales: 1981 to 2011 – “Standardised illness ratios by personal socio-economic position using the National Statistics Socio-economic Classification based on occupation.”


If you’d like to know more about official publications just get in touch with us at the Maps, Official Publications and Statistics Unit Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. We can be contacted by email at library-mapsandop@glasgow.ac.uk



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