Counter-extremism policy: an overview
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7238
Counter-extremism policy has evolved over the past few years with an increasing focus on addressing non-violent extremism. In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy, which includes counter-extremism, has come to the fore of the agenda. On 21 June 2017, the Queen’s Speech announced the establishment of a new Commission for Countering Extremism, as well as a review of counter-terrorism powers and a commitment to tackling online extremist content. Counter-extremism will undoubtedly be a crucial issue for the new Parliament, which will face difficult questions about how to tackle this complex problem.
Stamp duty land tax on residential property
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07050
This Commons Library paper discusses the reforms to taxation of sales of residential property that have been made in recent years, before looking at earlier debates about the way house sales have been taxed.
Prison Reform: Recent Developments
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8019
A white paper Prison Safety and Reform was published in November 2016 setting out government proposals. A bill followed but did not complete its passage through Parliament due to the calling of a general election. No prisons legislation was announced in the 2017 Queen's Speech. The Justice Secretary has said work on prison reform will continue.
Syria and Iraq: update June 2017
Published Friday, June 23, 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.
Media ownership & competition law: the BSkyB bid in 2010-11
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06028
This note gives a short description of the statutory procedure for the assessment of media mergers, before providing a timeline of events to NewsCorp's bid for BSkyB in 2010-11, and the company’s decision in June 2011 to withdraw that bid in response to the public outcry over the phone hacking scandal.
Taxation in the construction industry
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00814
For over 30 years businesses in the construction industry have operated a special scheme to account for tax on payments made between contractors and subcontractors. After a long period of consultation, the 'Construction Industry Scheme' was reformed in 2007. This note discusses the background to this reform.
Personal service companies : recent debate
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05976
The 'IR35' rules to prevent the exploitation of personal service companies for tax avoidance were introduced in April 2000, following a long and contentious consultation exercise. This legislation remains unpopular among freelancers who use this corporate form to provide services. This note looks at recent debate on how these rules might be reformed and wider concerns about the use of employment intermediaries to avoid tax.
Debate on the Address: Brexit and Foreign Affairs
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0126
This pack has been prepared ahead of the Debate on the Address to be held in the Commons Chamber on Monday 26th June 2017 on Brexit and Foreign Affairs.
Hepatitis C: Statistics and Developments
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0033
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a summary of recent statistics and developments in tackling the spread of hepatitis C virus in the UK, and globally.
Support for UK Veterans
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7693
This briefing paper details the support available to armed forces veterans in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8018
The Queen’s Speech 2017 announced plans for an Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill. This short paper looks at what we know so far about the Bill. The Library will produce a full briefing paper on the Bill for its Second Reading in the House of Commons.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02817
Business and Consumer Confidence: Information on business and consumer confidence surveys, which is generally released ahead of official statistical data and can indicate changes to the economic outlook as well as turning points in the economic cycle.
Grenfell Tower fire: Response and tackling fire risk in high rise blocks
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7993
Following the fire at Grenfell Tower, this paper sets out the events and commentary around the fire, the relevant building regulations, fire safety laws and housing standards, the Government response to the fire, the responsibilities around re-housing, and previous concerns raised with fire regulations.
The Teaching Excellence Framework for higher education (TEF)
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7848
The Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF) will reward higher education institutions (HEIs) with high quality teaching. From 2016 HEIs will be able to apply to be assessed and those judged to have high quality teaching will be allowed to increase their tuition fees in line with inflation.
Brexit: red lines and starting principles
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7938
What has the UK Government said about its strategy for the Brexit negotiations? The Prime Minister and the Brexit Secretary have set out their views in speeches and white papers, and now the EU institutions have set out theirs. They often coincide, but there are areas that could be difficult to resolve. This paper summarises the starting points of the UK and the EU institutions at the beginning of the Article 50 process.