SPICe Enquiries FAQ – Accessing GP records

SPICe regularly receives enquiries relating to constituents’ concerns over their health records held by their GPs.
We were recently asked what the legislative basis is for a patient’s right to ask for their NHS records to be changed or a note written by the patient to be added to the records where the patient has concerns about their content.
Read the full post at: SPICe Spotlight | Solas air SPICe

 

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#LibrariesMatter because…

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.

If you would like to know more and become more involved take a few minutes to visit:

http://www.cilips.org.uk/advocacy-campaigns/campaigns/libraries-matter/help-us-show-librariesmatter/
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Business Committee Member – Sharron Wilson

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I  am a Serials Librarian proud of my unique role within the historic and traditional Advocates Library. Unique as I am responsible for a serials collection comprising of stock acquired via print legal deposit and purchased subscriptions. Traditional as our collection is largely print based and we bind most journals to keep infinitum. My technical speciality is print and online subscription management for journals, loose leaf updates, databases and legislative materials. Official publications form a very small but vitally important part of my day to day work.

 I initially joined SWOP as a representative of the Advocates Library seeking to develop and learn more about Official Publications. I joined the Business Committee in 2012 and enjoy working at the heart of the group.  The work of the committee is very wide and varied – a great opportunity to meet new people and be involved in exciting projects.  I believe SWOP is a vital resource providing access to a network of individuals from the field of Official Publications, each with their own area of expertise. 

 

UK Parliament and The Law – Gary Hart

Many congratulations to the Scottish Law Librarians Group who hosted their AGM on 12 May 2015 at the Quaker Meeting House.  At this meeting there was a very interesting talk given by Gary Hart  Senior Community Outreach and Engagement Officer, House of Parliament. During the talk Mr Hart outlined the process a bill takes through the House of Commons and the House of Lords in order to become an Act of Parliament. You can read more about Bills v Acts on the Houses of Parliament Web Pages.

If you would like to read more on this presentation and also the SLLG AGM please take a look at their excellent blog.

 

 

Navigation

I’m not entirely certain what sort of posts are wanted on this blog… but I thought some SWOP folk might be interested in this post I wrote for my own blog. It is about how I go about locating local SIs

A Very Fine Library

Yesterday I was searching for an old Statutory Instrument. It was only of local interest – so not re-printed in the official volume… I love this sort of enquiry!

The Urr Navigation Order 1901

I would usually expect to find copies of such items in my Very Fine Library. However, our collection of these local SIs only dates from 1930.  Next step, check the National Archives of Scotland. Their catalogue showed two items that might have been what I wanted but it was uncertain. I passed this info to my enquirer so he could go and look for himself… but this was an unsatisfying result for me. No fun.

These local SIs – by their very nature – are of local interest only (the clue’s in the title). Copies would usually be lodged with local council offices. The problem is, due to multifarious reformations of local government through the…

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Queens Speech and State Opening of Parliament 2012

Queen delivering speech at State Opening of Parliament 2012.
Queen delivering speech at State Opening of Parliament.

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
An at-a-glance guide to the content of the Queen’s speech is available on the BBC website.

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.

You can find out more about the State Opening of Parliament from this House of Lords Briefing Paper or from the UK Parliament website.

Local legislation

You may not be aware that Justis have now added electronic versions of all UK local legislation to their subscription database.  The original plan had been that OPSI would make the data available to the general public via the Statute Law Database (now at legislation.gov.uk), but this has not yet happened. This is how Justis describe their coverage:

  http://www.justis.com/data-coverage/uk-local-acts.aspx

 1.                UK Local Acts

Features
Coverage 1797 – Present
Format Internet
Update Frequency Dependent on release of new material
Data Provider Office of Public Sector Information
Additional Info A growing collection of Private Acts is included as part of this series
  1. 2.                   A complete and fully searchable database of all as-enacted, full-text local legislation from 1797 to date, incorporating a growing collection of private and personal legislation

This is the most comprehensive collection of local acts available electronically anywhere.

The series contains a diverse collection of full-text, as-enacted material on land, public access and all manner of local issues that afford unique benefits or powers not available under general law. It can be used in the specific jurisdiction over which each act has authority or provide guidance or inspiration elsewhere.

Fully and intuitively searchable in isolation or alongside other series to which you subscribe on Justis, it will also be indexed on JustCite, allowing you to see how the various pieces of legislation it contains have been put to use in court.

The Local Acts on Justis are unique for a number of reasons:

         Elsewhere, most of its full-text content is available only in hardcopy

         On other databases, electronic records go back only to 1991

         Nowhere else are references to Local Acts as easy to search as they are on Justis

  1. 3.                   A note on Private Acts

While in development, our growing collection of Private Acts (also known as Personal Acts) is included for free for subscribers of the Local Acts series. Most of its material is from pre-1834 and is in the painstaking process of being data-captured, while the bulk of post-1834 material is in place.

 

Selected recent publications from Scottish Parliament & Government

Some recent publications from the Parliament and Government