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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.
Discretionary Housing Payments
Published 01 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.
Devolution of financial powers to the Scottish Parliament: recent developments
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07077
This paper discusses the proposals made by the Smith Commission - in its report published in November 2014 - for further devolution of power to the Scottish Government, in relation to taxation, funding and borrowing, and the Government’s plans for their implementation.
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06891
Looks at the rules which came into force in April 2015 giving people more flexibility about when and how to access their defined contribution pension savings
Apprenticeships policy, England
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN03052
This note provides a summary of apprenticeships policy in England.
Productivity: Key Economic Indicators
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02791
Latest statistics showing changes in UK productivity and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries.
Ballot Bills since 1997
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN04055
Results of the 2015 Private Members’ bills ballot and spreadsheet showing results from previous sessions since 1997
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Financial provision on the breakdown of a relationship
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05655
This note deals with the law in England and Wales and relates to the division of a couple’s property and income when their marriage or civil partnership breaks down.