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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

Scottish Health Survey 2010 – Volume 1: Main report

Health and Wellbeing in Schools Project – Final Report

Key Scottish Environment Statistics 2011

Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2009

Developing High Nature Value Farming and Forestry Indicators for the Scotland Rural Development Programme

Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2010

Sea Trout Fishery Statistics – 2010 Season

Salmon Fishery Statistics – 2010 Season

Putting Learners at the Centre – Delivering our Ambitions for Post-16 Education

Scottish Government Consultations

Consultation regarding African Horse Sickness (Scotland) Order 2012

You can find lots more useful government publications on the UWS Government Publications blog.

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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

Planning our electric future: a White Paper for secure, affordable and low-carbon electricity [PDF file]

“This White Paper sets out the Government’s commitment to transform the UK’s electricity system to ensure that our future electricity supply is secure, low-carbon and affordable.”

Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals [PDF file]

An Evaluation of Football Banning Orders in Scotland and An Evaluation of Football Banning Orders in Scotland – Research Findings

Evaluation of the use of football banning order legislation in Scotland.

Recommendations from the Joint Action Group set up following the Football Summit on March 8, 2011

Scottish Government Consultations

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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

Review of the Climate Challenge Fund – Research Findings

“The Review of the Climate Challenge Fund has investigated in depth the impacts of 21 community projects across Scotland looking to reduce carbon emissions and explored how they have been successful. This short summary gives key findings drawn from the main report.”

Preparations for the roll-out of smart meters [PDF file]

Reports on progress made towards the installation of “smart” electricity and gas meters, which should be installed in all homes in Great Britain by 2019.

“Smart meters, together with real time in-home displays, can provide consumers with detailed information on their energy use and access to a wide range of off-peak tariffs. Smart meters also allow suppliers to collect meter readings electronically, provide more accurate bills and cut costs.” (more…)

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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Annual Report and Accounts 2009 – 2010 [PDF file]

Includes summaries of recent research breakthroughs, information about strategic impact, bibliometric data, etc.

Climate Resilient Infrastructure: Preparing for a Changing Climate [PDF file]

A lengthy report from the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs covering the potential impact of climate change on infrastructure such as bridges, roads and power stations.

Government response to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee Report on the Video Games Industry in Scotland [PDF file]

Covers age-restricted games, taxation, intellectual property, etc.

Scottish Government Consultations

Securing the Benefits of Scotland’s Next Energy Revolution: Consultation Responses

Marine Scotland: Scottish Marine Regions: Defining their boundaries Consultation Responses

Consultation Response Summary – Joint Consultation by Scottish Government and Food Standards Agency on a change to BSE Testing of Cattle slaughtered for human consumption

You can find lots more useful government publications on the UWS Government Publications blog.

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An unusually large number of science-related publications were produced by the Holyrood and Westminster governments in March.  Here is a selection:

Biological Sciences/Environmental and Waste Management

Gamebirds: Code of Practice for the Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes.

Covers rearing, transportation and release of gamebirds.

2010 Review of Goose Management Policy in Scotland.

Examines future strategies for goose management in Scotland.  (Geese can be considered an agricultural pest in some areas of Scotland, due to their grazing activity.)  Stakeholder responses and the Scottish Government’s response are also available online.

Statistical Publication Agriculture Series: Results from 2010 December Agricultural Survey.

Our Rural Future: The Scottish Government’s response to the Speak Up for Rural Scotland consultation.

Marine and Freshwater policy documents.

Scotland’s National Marine Plan aims to provide “a planning framework to manage competing demands for the use of the sea whilst protecting the marine environment”.

 CAMERAS: Focus on Freshwater Science.

“The Co-ordinated Agenda for Marine, Environment and Rural Affairs Science (CAMERAS) was established to ensure that Scotland’s marine, environment and rural science supports delivery of the Scottish Government’s single purpose, ‘to create a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth’.”

Consultation on Seal Haul-out Sites.

A haul-out site is a location on land where seals haul themselves out to rest.  The Natural Environment Research Council can designate haul-out sites, which are considered suitable to protect seals from harassment.

Offshore wind energy

Blue Seas – Green Energy.  A Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters.  Part A The Plan

This plan contains proposals for offshore wind energy development in Scottish Territorial Waters up to 2020 and beyond.  It should be read in conjunction with Part B Post Adoption Statement.

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Here are some recent publications from the Holyrood and Westminster governments, which may be useful:

Sports Studies

Preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Progress report February 2011 [PDF file]

Department for Culture, Media and Sport report, which “examines progress across the Olympic Delivery Authority’s construction programme, progress with how the Government is coordinating the Olympics programme, progress with the legacy from the Games and the cost of the Games.”

Environmental and Waste Management

Demographic Change and the Environment [PDF file]

Useful report from The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, giving independent predictions of the impact of UK population change on the environment.  The Commission believes “[t]here is a relationship between the size of the population and certain basic environmental services, such as water supply and quality, energy use and waste generation”.

International Review of Behaviour Change Initiatives

 “This report, commissioned as part of the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Behaviours Research Programme, reviews a range of behaviour change initiatives that have attempted to reduce the carbon intensity of consumption practices. It aims to enhance understandings of different approaches to behaviour change, and to explore the transferability of initiatives to the Scottish context.”

Scottish Government consultation documents: 

Consultation report on The Environmental Impact Assessment (Scotland) Regulations 2010

Regulations to Deliver Zero Waste: A Consultation on the proposed Zero Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2011

Public Bodies Climate Change Duties: Putting them into Practice: Consultation on Draft Guidance Required by Part 4 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009: Scottish Government Response

 Health Sciences

Health Promotion Guidance: Nutritional Guidance for Children and Young People in Residential Care Settings

Children and Young People’s Views and Experiences of Food and Nutrition in Residential Care

 You can find lots more useful government publications on the UWS Government Publications blog.

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