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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
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02817
Business and Consumer Confidence: Information on business and consumer confidence surveys, which is generally released ahead of official statistical data and can indicate changes to the economic outlook as well as turning points in the economic cycle.
Emergency Debates since 1979
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN04569
This Note lists successful applications for emergency debates and provides a link to the debate in Hansard
Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published 03 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02787
Components of GDP: data on the components that make up GDP, including household consumption, government spending, investment, net trade and output by sector.
Published 02 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06077
A guide to understanding UK migration statistics, explaining the concepts and methods used in measuring migration and setting out a range of data on migration in the UK and in European Union countries.
Payment Services Regulator
Published 02 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06866
The financial crash of 2008 was a wake up call to the inadequacies of financial regulation worldwide. The basic payment service mechanisms on which everything relies did not escape the notice of the authorities. The upshot is a new regulator of the 'plumbing' of the financial system. This note describes its establishment and scope.
Published 02 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05907
This briefing paper explains the rail electrification schemes planned by the Labour, Coalition and Conservative governments and where things currently stand with each one.
Published 02 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06984
This note considers the financial cost of litter in England and Wales, and the penalties available under current legislation to the enforcing authorities. It also considers forthcoming legislation, and what the public and local groups can do to combat litter.
Airports Commission: Final Report
Published 02 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7242
This is a one page guide to the final report of the Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies.