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.
Assessment of Government Policies (Impact on Families) Bill 2015-16
Published Monday, November 30, 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 is expected to have its second reading debate on Friday 4 December 2015.
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?
The welfare cap
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06852
This policy limits the total amount that Government can spend on certain benefits, including tax credits and housing benefit. Not to be confused with the household benefits cap which limits the amount individual households can receive.
United Kingdom’s Role in Supporting International Security and Stability
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-0046
This Library Note has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on 3 December 2015: "that this House takes note of the United Kingdom’s role in supporting international security and stability in the light of the Strategic Defence and Security Review".
Debate on an e-petition on a tax on sugary drinks
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0109
This pack has been compiled ahead of the debate on A tax on sugary drinks in Westminster Hall on Monday 30 November 2015 at 4.30pm.
The subject of this debate has been chosen by the Petitions Committee and will consider ePetition 106651:
Introduce a tax on sugary drinks in the UK to improve our children's health.
Experts believe a tax of just 7p per regular-sized can of soft drink with added sugar could generate £1 billion per year. We believe this crucial revenue should be ring-fenced to support much needed preventative strategies in the NHS and schools around childhood obesity and diet-related disease.
The Government responded:
The Government has no plans to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The Government will announce its plans for tackling childhood obesity by the end of the year.
Criminal Cases Review Commission (Information) Bill
Published Friday, November 27, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7409
This Commons Library Briefing gives an overview of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (Information) Bill which would provide for an extension of the Criminal Cases Review Commission’s powers to obtain information to aid its inquiries.
Riot (Compensation) Bill
Published Friday, November 27, 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.