The latest Scottish Official Publication Listings can now be viewed here: July 2017
In the lead up to the local government election in May CILIP in Scotland will be campaigning for libraries across Scotland and showing why #LibrariesMatter. SWOP members can help with this campaign.
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191 women were elected as MPs in 2015 bringing the total to 455 female MPs since 1918. The same as the current number of male MPs.
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The latest Scottish Official Publication Listing can be viewed here: 072016
This may have been blogged before however no harm in relisting. If you would like to have some additional reading or reference points on Official Publications it is worth taking a look at the SCOOP Blog. (Standing Committee on Official Publications). SCOOP has aimed to improve the access to, and availability of, UK official public…
The monthly list for January 2016 can now be viewed here: 012016
The UK government is now committed to a referendum on EU membership. Last month Patrick Overy (University of Exeter European Documentation Centre (EDC) Librarian) produced a selection of links and resources on the subject:
- Track progress of the European Union Referendum Bill 2015-16, announced in the Queen’s Speech and published on 28 May.
- Between 2012 and the end of 2014, the coalition government published a Review of the balance of competences between the EU and the UK. The 14 lengthy reports appeared with little publicity and no official summary has been published. This full briefing by the Senior European Experts attempts to fill the gap.
- A legal analysis of the ways in which treaties have been adapted in the past has been written for the European Parliament by Professor Steve Peers: Trends in differentiation of EU law and lessons for the future. He also wrote an article for the Observer this week on What will happen if the UK leaves
- The House of Commons Library has produced a detailed research paper on Exiting the EU (50p).
- Britain’s fraught relationship with Europe is analysed in a book (125p) prepared by Ireland’s leading think tank, the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA): Britain and Europe: the endgame – an Irish perspective.
- Jean-Claude Piris of the Fondation Robert Schuman gives a valuable analysis in this policy paper European issues no. 355
- The BBC’s guide to the UK’s planned in-out EU referendum gives brief answers to key questions.
Patrick Overy (EDC Librarian) and Subject Librarian (Business)
Forum Library, University of Exeter
The latest Official Publications Listing from APS Group
The Government Digital Service has published a blog which may be of interest to SWOP members. The entry discusses the GOV.UK search facility; how it works and the steps being taken to improve search results. The blog can be read here: https://insidegovuk.blog.gov.uk/2014/06/13/how-gov-uk-site-search-works/
via: Graeme Paterson
Official Publications Adviser
National Archives, Kew
Today at the State Opening of Parliament the Queen delivered her address outlining the legislative agenda of the Coalition Government for the forthcoming parliamentary session.
The State Opening takes place on the first day of a new parliamentary session, or shortly after a general election, and is the main ceremonial event of the parliamentary calendar.
You can watch the full speech on the UKParliament YouTube channel.
In total there are 15 bills and 4 draft bills proposed. These include:-
- House of Lords Reform Bill – to modernise and reduce the membership of the House of Lords
- Pension Bill – to raise the state pension age to 67 between 2026 and 2028 and make it more sustainable as average lifespan increases
- Banking Reform Bill – to split banks into retail and investment arms and reduce taxpayer risk in the event of a bank going bust
- Draft Communications Bill – could allow police and intelligence agencies to more easily collect data on texts and emails
Following the Queen’s speech the House of Commons returns to its Chambers, the House of Lords is cleared, and the Debate of the Address begins: five days of debate on the content of the speech.
In January this year the UK Government published a consultation document to gather public opinion on the proposal by the Scottish National Party (SNP) to hold a referendum on Scottish independence. The consultation was open until Friday 9th March and gathered views from all members of the UK public.
On the 4th of April the UK Government published a command paper (Cm. 8326) summarising the 2,857 responses to the consultation. This document is available on-line from the Scotland Office by clicking the following link:-
Some notable results from the UK Government consultation are as follows:-
- 75% of respondents agreed with the position of the UK Government that there should be a single question on Scotland’s constitutional status
- 70% of respondents agreed with the UK Government that the referendum should take place sooner rather than later
- 44% of respondents were in favour of the Scottish Government proposal that 16-17 year-olds be allowed to vote in the referendum, with 47% against
The ongoing Scottish Government consultation on the question of Scottish independence will run until Friday 11th May and can found at the following link:-
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP, presented his Budget to Parliament today, 21 March 2012. This is the third Budget of the Coalition Government. In his Budget speech the Chancellor outlined how the Government plans to raise and spend money in the coming year. Some key points of the Budget include:-
- From April 2013, the 50p top rate of tax will be cut to 45p
- Automatic review of state pension age to ensure it keeps pace with increasing lifespans
- Personal income tax allowance raised to £9,205 from April 2013
You can find all of the Budget documents online on the HM Treasury website.
The full text of the Chancellor’s statement is available from the HM Treasury website.
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