Published Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0114
This Debate Pack has been compiled ahead of the debate on fisheries policy to be held in Westminster Hall on Thursday 3 December at 1.30pm.
The subject for this debate has been chosen by the Backbench Business Committee.
This debate pack provides an overview of the fishing industry, fisheries policy and management and details some of the key concerns fishermen may have in 2016 (and beyond) in addition to conservation groups.
Assessment of Government Policies (Impact on Families) Bill 2015-16
Published Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7403
The Assessment of Government Policies (Impact on Families) Bill 2015-16 is Caroline Ansell's Private Members' Bill which would make the Family Test a statutory requirement for the Government in taking account of impacts on families when making new laws and policy. The Bill was presented to Parliament through the ballot procedure on 24 June 2015 and is expected to have its second reading debate on Friday 4 December 2015. This page contains explanatory links to the Bill, background information on the Family Test and coverage in Parliament.
Summer-born children: starting school
Published Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7272
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the flexibility for parents of summer-born children in England to request for their children to be admitted to school outside of their normal age group, and potential future changes.
Legal basis for UK military action in Syria
Published Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7404
What is the legal significance of the November 2015 UN Security Council Resolution for the UK and other states using force in Iraq and/or Syria?
Published Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0113
Benefit sanctions will be debated in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 2 December at 4.30-5.30 pm. Neil Gray MP will lead the debate. This Library briefing provides an overview of how benefit sanctions work and further background information.
Riot (Compensation) Bill
Published Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7239
The riots in London and other cities in 2011 raised serious issues about insurance liability and compensation. This Bill is the response.
Junior doctor contracts in England
Published Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7314
This Commons Library briefing provides background information on the introduction of a new contract for doctors in training (junior doctors) in England, including a summary of the proposed changes, and an update on the current state of negotiations between NHS Employers and the BMA. The briefing also provides some brief information on the delivery of seven day services and proposed changes to the consultant contract.
ISIS/Daesh: the military response in Iraq and Syria
Published Tuesday, December 1, 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? A debate and vote on extending British airstrikes into Syria will be held on Wednesday 2 December 2015.
Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015: a summary
Published Monday, November 30, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7401
Updated analysis of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015.
Topics: Adult education, Benefits policy, Economic policy, Economic situation, Family benefits, Housing benefits, Incomes and poverty, Pensions, Public expenditure, Taxation, Training, Working age benefits
Syria: a reading list
Published Monday, November 30, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7412
This is a reading list that covers the situation in Syria, the complexity of battling Syrian groups and of outside interventions, the legal implications of any UK intervention and other aspects that will form part of one of the House’s most significant debates of recent years.
Planning Reform Proposals
Published Monday, November 30, 2015 | 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.
Pakistan: November 2015 update
Published Monday, November 30, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7411
The Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) government, led by prime minister Nawaz Sharif, is now well into its third year in power. Its tenure has arguably seen a weakening of civilian authority, although there seems little prospect of a military coup. But the overall security situation within the country has improved markedly during 2015.
VAT on sanitary protection
Published Monday, November 30, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN01128
This note discusses the way sanitary protection is charged VAT.
2016 Benefits Uprating
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7410
This note sets out the main benefit and tax credit rates for the 2016-17 financial year.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Service provision in the event of post office closures
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0110
This is a debate pack produced by the House of Commons Library ahead of the debate on service provision in the event of post office closures to be held on Tuesday 1 December 2015 at 4.30pm in Westminster Hall. The Member in charge of the debate is Mr Huw Merriman.
Iraq and Syria - developments in 2015
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7261
After the Paris attacks, the pressure for Western countries to do more about ISIS has grown. Is that leading them to downgrade the violence perpetrated in Syria by the government of Bashar al-Assad?