Carry-over of public bills
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN03236
The carry-over of public bills from one session to the next was suggested by the Modernisation Committee as a way of reducing the fluctuations in legislative activity caused by Parliamentary sessions. After briefly summarising the Modernisation Committee’s views, this House of Commons Library briefing paper describes the different approaches to allowing bills to be carried forward in this way in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The note also reports the use of carry-over motions and provides examples of the form of words used in carry-over motions.
Global Health Inequalities
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0553
A POSTnote which reviews trends in global health inequalities in the context of the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals.
Cyber Security of UK Infrastructure
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0554
The Government has identified ‘cyber’ as one of six Tier 1 threats to UK national security. This POSTnote focuses on the cyber security of the UK’s critical national infrastructure, describing measures to improve cyber security and challenges in implementing them. It also reviews the new National Cyber Security Strategy, along with international policy and legislation.
Topics: Armed forces, Arms control, Aviation, Central government, Data protection, Emergencies and disaster management, Employment, Energy, EU law and treaties, Financial institutions, Health services, Industry, Information technology, Intelligence services, International law, International trade, Internet and cybercrime, Ministers, Offensive weapons, Privacy, Railways, Regulation, Roads, Security industry, Standards, Students, Terrorism, Training, Utilities, Water
Productivity in the UK
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06492
The briefing provides latest statistics on UK productivity including breakdowns by sector and region/country of the UK. It also explains why productivity is important to growth, the public finances and living standards, analyses whether the stagnation in productivity is temporary or permanent, looks at the impact of Brexit on productivity growth and outlines Government policy. International comparisons are also included.
EU Agencies and post-Brexit options
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7957
What are EU agencies and what do they do? Will the UK be able to participate in their activities after Brexit? And what will happen to the two that are based in the UK? This paper looks at the roles and functions of EU agencies, the issues surrounding the two UK-based agencies, and whether there are options for continued UK participation after Brexit.
Topics: Administration of justice, Animals, Asylum, Aviation, Climate change, Common Agricultural Policy, Companies, Consumers, Crime, Criminal law, Defence policy, Diseases, Energy, Environmental protection, EU external relations, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Europe, Financial institutions, Financial services, Fisheries, Food, Further education, Health education and preventive medicine, Higher education, Human rights, Immigration, Industrial health and safety, Industrial relations, Industry, Information technology, Intelligence services, International law, International organisations, Media, Medicine, Pensions, Railways, Regulation, Research and innovation, Science, Terrorism, Training
Yemen at war
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7184
The conflict in Yemen is causing massive suffering to Yemenis. It has recently ground to a halt, with neither side able to achieve decisive gains, but a political settlement remains elusive. Questions have been raised about the use of UK-supplied armaments.
Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02787
Components of GDP: data on the components that make up GDP, including household consumption, government spending, investment, trade and output by sector.
The regulation of letting and managing agents (England)
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06000
There is no overarching statutory regulation of private sector letting or managing agents in England. This Commons Library briefing paper describes the current regulatory regime in England. Comparisons are drawn with policy in the devolved nations.
Banning letting agency fees in England
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7955
This Commons Library briefing paper outlines the current law and initial responses to the Government's proposal to ban letting agent fees in England. The paper includes information on current practice in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
NATO Brussels Summit 2017: a preview
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7956
A short preview of the NATO summit in Brussels in May 2017 from the House of Commons Library.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data for the sector that incorporates the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Council tax : discount on second homes and long-term empty properties
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02857
Certain council tax discounts have been awarded at the discretion of local authorities, in England, since 1 April 2013. The 'empty homes premium', allowing up to 150% council tax on long-term empty properties, was introduced at the same time. This note outlines the changes that have taken place.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 28, 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.