The UN Inquiry into the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the UK
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7367
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is conducting an inquiry into the impact of the UK Government's policies on people with disabilities in relation to their human rights obligations. This briefing paper provides information on the Committee, details of the inquiry and an overview of the Government's policies in relation to people with disabilities.
Topics: Benefits policy, Disability discrimination, Employment, Employment schemes, Health services, Housing adaptations, Housing benefits, Housing standards, Housing supply, Human rights, International law, Legal aid, Local authorities: education, Mental health, Schools, Sickness, disability and carers' benefits, Social rented housing, Special educational needs, Supported housing, United Nations, Working age benefits
Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
Planning Reform Proposals
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06418
Reforms aimed at making the planning system quicker and simpler to use are high on the Government's agenda, as set out in the 2015 Productivity Plan. Provisions in the Housing and Planning Bill make changes to the planning system with the aim of getting more houses built. This paper sets out the Government’s key planning reform proposals and those changes in the process of being made.
Equitable Life: further compensation debate
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0037
This note summarises the history behind the continuing campaign for more compensation for Equitable Life policyholders.
State Pension Uprating
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05649
Looks at the current policy on uprating the State Pension and Pension Credit
Debate Pack: Conservation of sea bass
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0042
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on Conservation of sea bass and the effect of related EU measures on the UK recreational fishing industry to take place in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 11 February 2016. The subject for the debate has been chosen by the Backbench Business Committee and will be on the motion
'That this House believes that the recent EU restrictions on recreational sea bass fishing are unfair and fail to address the real threat to the future viability of UK sea bass stocks; and calls on the Government to make representations within the Council of the EU on the reconsideration of the imposition of those restrictions.'
UK and European sea bass conservation measures
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN00745
Seabass - an important fish species for commercial fishermen and recreational anglers. This note addresses issues around seabass Minimum Landing Size, stock management and current Government policy, and the emergency conservation measures in 2015/16
A new victims' law in 2016?
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07139
There have been many calls for reform of the law on victims' rights in England and Wales. This Briefing Paper looks at how the Victims' Code has developed; funding and commissioning of services; and proposals for new legislation from the main parties and others.
Criminal Injuries Compensation: The "same roof" rule
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7498
Some victims of abuse which took place before 1 October 1979 cannot get awards from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme because they lived in the same house as their attacker. This Briefing Paper explains the background, It covers England, Scotland and Wales.
EU reform negotiations: the Tusk package
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7497
What did David Cameron ask for in his bid to change the UK's terms of EU membership before holding a referendum on whether to stay in or leave the EU? What has the European Council President Donald Tusk come up with by way of a draft deal and will it be acceptable to the other Member States and the UK electorate? What's been going on behind the scenes? This paper looks at the proposals, their implications and prospects for agreement.
"Common law marriage" and cohabitation
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03372
The Commons Library has published a briefing paper which provides general information about the number of cohabiting couples, how the law applies to cohabitants, and about the Law Commission’s proposals for reform.
School meals and nutritional standards
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN04195
The main recent policy developments regarding school meals, including the revised school food standards and provision of free school meals.
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN04258
The Wilson Doctrine is a convention that MPs' communications should not be intercepted by the intelligence services. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal gave judgement on 14 October 2015 clarifying the Doctrine's status and effect and the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill, published in November 2015, introduced proposals to place the existing arrangements on a statutory footing. This Briefing Paper sets out the background.
Knives and offensive weapons
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN00330
This briefing provides information on the two main categories of offence relating to knives and offensive weapons in England and Wales: offences relating to possession and offences relating to sale and supply. This briefing sets out the various offences and sentences which are contained in a number of pieces of legislation. It also describes police guidance on cautioning and charging and government policy on knife crime.
Peerage Creations since 1997
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05867
This House of Commons briefing paper provides details of appointments to the House of Lords from May 1997 to January 2016. It provides tables showing the numbers appointed under Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron, broken down by party affiliation at the time of appointment. It also includes a chronological list of all those appointed during this period.
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7279
The existing police funding arrangements have been criticised as being complex and lacking transparency. In 2015 the Government consulted on proposals for reform of police funding in England and Wales. These reforms have been delayed. This briefing looks at existing arrangements for police funding in all parts of the UK and explains the proposed new funding formula for England and Wales.
Special Educational Needs: support in England
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07020
This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the system of support for children and young people in England aged 0-25 with special educational needs (SEN). The briefing provides an overview of the new system introduced in 2014, the transitional arrangements, and how the new system differs from that which preceded it. It also includes a brief history of the movement towards reform that preceded the 2014 changes
Electronic Health Records
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0519
A POSTnote which explains the plans to introduce electronic health records for everyone. As well as background on what information such records will contain, the paper discusses the opportunities and challenges implementing them will involve.
Work capability assessments
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0040
There will be a debate on work capability assessments in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 9 February 2016 at 2.30pm, initiated by Louise Haigh MP. This Library briefing page provides background to the debate.