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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
Published 06 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06688
A briefing on the background, negotiation process and controversial points of the proposed EU-US free trade agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Air passenger compensation
Published 06 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN00233
This paper explains the compensation rights of airline passengers in the event of denied boarding, delay and cancellation; lost and damaged baggage; and death or bodily injury.
Competition in energy markets in Great Britain
Published 06 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7243
Since 2008, Governments and the energy regulator – Ofgem – have sought to reduce the barriers to effective competitiveness in the gas and electricity markets, particularly for supplies to domestic consumers. The various interventions have culminated in the reference by Ofgem to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to conduct an Energy Market Investigation in June 2014.
Greek debt crisis: background and developments in 2015
Published 06 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07114
This briefing provides background to and analysis of developments in the Greek debt crisis, including an overview of the origins of the crisis, a review of latest developments and looks at the what would happen if Greece defaults on its debt.
National Insurance contributions: an introduction
Published 06 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN04517
This note gives an introduction to National Insurance system: the base and rate structure of National Insurance contributions (NICs), the operation of the National Insurance Fund, and the connection between a person’s contributions into the Fund with their entitlement to receive benefits paid out of the Fund – the ‘contributory principle’. It goes on to look at the debate there has been about integrating NICs with income tax.
Discretionary Housing Payments
Published 06 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06899
This note explains the funding position and considers evidence on how Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) are allocated by local authorities.
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06029
One third of public sector spending is on procurement of goods and services. This briefing looks at the rules for public procurement, at government priorities and at how well public contracts are being managed and delivered.
Key Employment Rights
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7245
This briefing paper provides an overview of a range of statutory employment rights.
Debate pack: Coastal flood risk
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0034
This debate pack has been compiled ahead of the debate on Coastal flood risk to be held on Tuesday 7 July 2015 at 9.30am in Westminster Hall. The Member in charge of the debate is Melanie Onn. Debate packs are produced quickly after the announcement of Parliamentary business. They are intended to provide a summary or overview of the issue being debated and identify relevant briefings and useful documents, including press and parliamentary material. More detailed briefing can be prepared for MPs on request to the Library.
Productivity in the UK
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06492
The briefing provides latest statistics on UK productivity including breakdowns by sector and region/country of the UK. It also explains why productivity is important to growth, the public finances and living standards, and analyses whether the stagnation in productivity is temporary or permanent. International comparisons are also included.
Reports into Investigatory Powers
Published 03 July 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-0018
This Note provides a summary of the recommendations of recent reports, including the report of David Anderson QC, and supporting material on the use of investigatory powers.
Background to the July 2015 Budget
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7244
This note sets out the background to the July 2015 Budget, the first Budget of the current Parliament.
Topics: Economic policy, Taxation, Public expenditure, Economic situation, Family benefits, Housing benefits, Working age benefits, Pensions, Benefits policy, Sickness, disability and carers' benefits