Public sector pay
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8037
This briefing provides an overview of public sector pay policy; the financial implications of the cap and the cost of removing it; trends in public sector pay; and recent debate on the subject.
Syria and Iraq: update June 2017
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8011
The campaign for Mosul is making good progress and the re-conquest of Raqqah from ISIS is beginning. The Assad government looks as if it is here to stay, however.
Post office numbers
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02585
At the end of March 2017 the number of post offices in the Post Office Network stood at 11,659. The number of post office braches have remained relatively stable since around 2009. Over the longer term (since 1981/82) the number of post offices has almost halved.
Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7912
This reading list brings together briefings on Brexit by the Parliamentary libraries and the Devolved Assembly research services with reports by Parliamentary and Devolved Assembly committees following the result of the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.
Topics: Administration of justice, Agriculture and environment, Animals, Armed forces, Asylum, Aviation, Business support, Central government, Civil law, Climate change, Common Agricultural Policy, Companies, Consumers, Countryside, Criminal law, Data protection, Defence equipment and procurement, Defence policy, Devolution, Economic policy, Economic situation, Energy, Environmental protection, Equality, EU budget, EU external relations, EU grants and loans, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Europe, Farmers, Financial institutions, Financial services, Fisheries, Food, Forestry, Genetics, Health services, Higher education, Housing, Human rights, Immigration, Incomes and poverty, Industry, Information technology, International development, International economic relations, International organisations, International politics and government, International trade, Legislative process, Local government, Medicine, Middle East, Nationality, North America, Overseas territories, Parliament, Pensions, Political parties, Railways, Regulation, Research and innovation, Roads, Russia, Science, Terrorism, Unemployment, Water
Litter: key trends, policy and legislation
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06984
A House of Commons Library Briefing Paper examining trends in litter and the policy and legislation in place to address litter problems in England. Information for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is also included.
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02802
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England’s and international, quantitative easing policy.
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06763
This note gives an overview of postal services in the UK. It discusses current regulation, market trends and consumer problems.
Self-employment in the construction industry
Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00196
This note gives some background to the question of employment status and the difficulties it has caused in the construction sector, before discussing initiatives by both the Labour Government in 2009 and the Coalition Government in 2014, and more recent debates as to the possibility of a longer-term solution to this issue.
Commons Library analysis: Bees and neonicotinoids
Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06656
This briefing concentrates on the interaction between bees and a group of insecticides - known as neonicotinoids - which have been in the spotlight after a number of studies yielded evidence (although much of that evidence is contested) of sub-lethal, harmful effects on bees. In July 2015, the UK Government granted an emergency authorisation for the use of restricted neonicotinoids on oil seed rape seeds in four English counties. Similar application for emergency authorisations for 2016 and 2017 were rejected.
Public spending: a brief introduction
Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8046
The government expects to spend £802 billion in 2017-18, the most it has ever spent in cash terms. This money can be categorised in a number of different ways, including the method by which the spending was planned, the governmental function it is spent on, the departments and public bodies doing the spending, and the geographical areas where the money is spent. This note describes the different ways in which public spending is categorised, and presents statistics and commentary on recent spending in each category.
Fixed odds betting terminals
Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06946
This Library briefing paper looks at the controversy over fixed odds betting terminals.
Hereditary By-elections: Results
Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0047
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a list of hereditary peers’ by-election results since the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, including information on turn out and the number of candidates.