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.
Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8045
This briefing provides an overview of the concept of employment status and recent reviews of the law in this area.
Troops in Afghanistan
Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8043
The UK is sending more troops to Afghanistan as part of a wider increase in NATO troop numbers.
State Pension age review
Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06546
Looks at the timetable for increasing the State Pension age and the review set up to look at how it should increase in the longer term
State Pensions 2017: FAQs for MPs
Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7981
This briefing paper looks at some of the FAQs constituents raise with their MPs about pensions.
Sexual Offences Act 1967: 50th Anniversary
Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0045
This briefing marks 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 came into force on the 27 July 1967, which brought in changes that would partially decriminalise sexual relationships between men. Beginning with historical offences that criminalised sexual relationships between men, the briefing goes on to discuss the Wolfenden Report, which recommended homosexual behaviour between consenting adults to no longer be an offence. It then sets out the legislative background to the 1967 Act. It discusses the incremental legislative changes decriminalising homosexual acts between men, from 1967 to 2017, including changes brought in to disregard and pardon historical offences.
Job centres and the Department for Work and Pensions estate
Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0152
This Debate Pack briefing provides information in anticipation of the debate, entitled “Job centres and the Department for Work and Pensions estate”. This debate is sponsored by Chris Stephens MP and will take place in Westminster Hall on Thursday 20 July at 1.30pm, lasting for 90 minutes.
Wales and the Queen's Speech
Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0146
Westminster Hall debate on Wales and the Queen's Speech.
Workplace pensions 2017: FAQs for MPs
Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7997
This briefing paper looks at some of the FAQs constituents raise with their MPs about workplace pensions.
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, 30 July 2017
Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0044
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of this year’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, to be held on 30 July 2017. It provides an overview of trafficking globally, and focuses particularly on Trafficking in Persons in relation to the UK.
Urban Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services
Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | POSTbriefs POST-PB-0026
This brief provides an overview of the ecosystem service contributions of urban biodiversity and green infrastructure and the challenges for improving their provision - complementing POSTnote 538 on Green Space and Health.