Greek debt crisis: background and developments in 2015
Published Tuesday, October 13, 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 examines what would happen if Greece left the Eurozone.
ISIS/Daesh: the military response in Iraq and Syria
Published Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06995
US-led air strikes against ISIS continue in Iraq and Syria, alongside a training programme to build the capacity of Iraqi security forces. What part does the UK play and is this enough? Should the UK expand its air campaign into Syria?
School meals and nutritional standards
Published Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN04195
The main recent policy developments regarding school meals, including the revised school food standards and plans to expand provision of free school meals.
Digital Democracy: Political Participation and Citizen Engagement through the Internet
Published Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-0035
This Library Note provides an overview of developments around citizens’ political engagement and participation through the internet. It has been written in light of the 2015 'Open Up' report by the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy, which set five key targets for the House of Commons and made a number of recommendations to the administration and MPs in how to meet them. Reference to the report and its recommendations are referred to within.
Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill 2015-16
Published Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7329
This Commons Library briefing provides information on the main provisions of the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill 2015-16 and on the development of previous legislation on medical innovation (the Bill builds upon provisions in Lord Saatchi’s Medical Innovation Bill 2014-15).
UK steel industry: statistics and policy
Published Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7317
The steel industry: statistical summary of the UK and international industry; analysis of current prospects; summary of Government policy.
The Office for Budget Responsibility and Charter for Budget Responsibility
Published Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05657
This briefing provides background on the Office for Budget Responsibility and Charter for Budget Responsibility. An updated Charter will be voted on in the House of Commons on 14 October 2015. The update includes some changes to the OBR's role and the government's fiscal targets.
Government Chief Whips since 1945
Published Monday, October 12, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN04417
Government Chief Whips and Deputy Whips in the Commons and Lords since 1945
Availability and Quality of Apprenticeships, and the Spread of Apprenticeships across the Labour Market
Published Monday, October 12, 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-0034
This Library Note provides statistical information on apprenticeships, based on the most recent figures published by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). It then focusses on four key areas of recent government policy development in relation to apprenticeships: the announcement of a government target of three million new apprenticeships by the end of March 2020; the development of new apprenticeship standards
Topics: Unemployment, Competition, Special educational needs, Manufacturing industries, Employment, Construction industry, Small businesses, Standards, Adult education, Schools, Students, Further education, Training, Companies, Employment schemes
Ending a joint tenancy (England)
Published Monday, October 12, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05149
This House of Commons Library briefing paper outlines the legal position when a tenant of social housing wants to change a tenancy from joint names to their sole name.
Direct recovery of tax debts
Published Monday, October 12, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07051
This note discusses the proposals announced in the 2014 Budget to augment HM Revenue & Customs’ powers to recover debts for both tax and tax credits directly from individuals’ bank and building society accounts.
Deprivation in English constituencies, 2015
Published Friday, October 9, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7327
This paper looks at relative levels of deprivation across constituencies in England, including which constituencies have become more deprived or less deprived relative to other areas. An online tool maps the variation in deprivation levels within individual constituencies.
Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, October 9, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
Post Office numbers
Published Friday, October 9, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02585
Over the past 30 years the number of post offices in the UK has almost halved, although numbers have remained stable over the last few years. The Post Office Network stood at 11,634 at the end of March 2015.
This note provides a breakdown of the network size over the period as well as a breakdown of post offices by type and by region.
Debate pack: E-petition relating to making the production, sale and use of cannabis legal
Published Friday, October 9, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0075
This debate pack is prepared for the Westminster Hall debate on the e-petition relating to making the production, sale and use of cannabis legal on 12 October at 4.30pm.
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.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, October 9, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.