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Brexit: What next for UK fisheries?
Published Tuesday, July 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7669
The implications of Brexit for fisheries are highly uncertain and will depend on future negotiations with the EU and future UK Government policy. The Government announced its intention to introduce a new Fisheries Bill in the 2017 Queen's Speech.
Brexit: Agriculture and trade
Published Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7974
This paper looks at some the agricultural trade issues raised by Brexit.
Key Issues 2017
Published Monday, June 26, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8021
Key Issues 2017 is a series of short briefings on the topics that will take centre stage in UK and international politics in the new Parliament. Written by impartial Commons Library specialists, these articles are designed to help the reader get up to speed quickly on issues such as; Brexit, the housing crisis, the future of devolution and much more.
Topics: Administration of justice, Agriculture and environment, Armed forces, Asylum, Central government, Common Agricultural Policy, Community care, Companies, Competition, Construction industry, Consumers, Countryside, Crime, Crimes of violence, Criminal law, Defence policy, Economic and monetary union, Economic policy, Employment, Energy, Environmental protection, EU budget, EU defence policy, EU enlargement, EU external relations, EU grants and loans, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Farmers, Fisheries, Flooding, Health services, Housing, Immigration, Incomes and poverty, Information technology, International economic relations, International politics and government, International trade, Internet and cybercrime, Local government, Manufacturing industries, Nationality, Obesity, Pollution, Prisons, Public administration, Regional development agencies, Regulation, Schools, Service industries, Taxation, Terrorism, Tourism, Working age benefits
The 5p Plastic Bag Charge
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7241
This Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the single use carrier bag charge in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, examines the legal basis for the charge, the exemptions and what will be done with the proceeds of the charge. It also examines the impact of the charges to date.
Fly-tipping - the illegal dumping of waste
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05672
This Commons Library briefing paper gives a general overview of the extent of the problem of fly-tipping and the powers and responsibilities of the Environment Agency, local authorities and landowners to deal with it. In 2013/14 there was a significant increase in reported cases of fly-tipping across England and incidents increased again in following years.
Queen's Speech 2017 Day 2: Business, Economic Affairs, Transport, Energy, Environment and Agriculture
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0024
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming Queen’s Speech, which is due to take place on 21 June 2017. The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen’s Speech over five days between 22 and 29 June 2017. This briefing is one of five prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.
Topics: Agriculture, Aviation, Buses, Business support, Climate change, Companies, Countryside, Economic policy, Economic situation, Energy, Environmental protection, Railways, Roads
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
Employment opportunities in food and farming
Published Monday, April 24, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0124
A debate, entitled "Employment opportunities in food and farming" and sponsored by Derek Thomas MP, will take place on Tuesday 25 April 2017 at 2.30pm in Westminster Hall.
Topics: Agriculture, Animals, Countryside, Employment, Fisheries, Food, Forestry, Further education, Higher education, Schools, Training
Shale gas and fracking
Published Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06073
The regulatory regime for fracking in the UK is covered in this note along with comment on environmental concerns. It also covers the new access provisions and debate on fracking in during the Infrastructure Bill’s passage through Parliament.
Legislating for Brexit: EU directives
Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7943
What are EU directives and what will happen to them when the UK leaves the EU? This paper looks at EU directives in force and how they are implemented in the UK. This will give some idea of the task ahead for UK legislators.
Topics: Administration of justice, Agriculture, Animals, Asylum, Aviation, Benefits policy, Business support, Central government, Climate change, Common Agricultural Policy, Companies, Competition, Consumers, Countryside, Crime, Criminal law, Cultural heritage, Devolution, Diseases, Employment, Energy, Environmental protection, Equality, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Europe, Financial services, Firearms, Fisheries, Food, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Forestry, Health education and preventive medicine, Health finance, Health services, Health staff and professions, Higher education, Human rights, Immigration, Industrial health and safety, Industrial relations, Industry, Insolvency, Intellectual property, International economic relations, International law, International organisations, International trade, Legislative process, Medicine, Parliament, Patient rights and complaints, Pensions, Pollution, Postal services, Privacy, Railways, Regulation, Research and innovation, Roads, Security industry, Shipping, Small businesses, Standards, Students, Taxation, Terrorism, Training, Utilities, Waste management, Water
UK offshore oil and gas industry
Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7268
This Commons Library briefing paper provides a summary of the state of the UK offshore oil and gas industries and outlines the industry, the regulatory framework and key challenges for the industry.
E-petition 165672 relating to badger culling
Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0075
This House of Commons Library Debate Pack has been prepared ahead of the Westminster Hall debate on E-petition 165672 on badger culling to be held on Monday 27 March at 4.30pm.
Commons Library analysis: Kew Gardens (Leases) Bill [Bill 22]
Published Friday, March 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7932
The Kew Gardens (Leases) Bill 2016-17 - a Private Members' Bill introduced to Parliament by Ian Liddell-Grainger MP on 29 June 2016 [Bill 22] - has its Commons report stage and third reading on Friday 24 March 2017.
Published Friday, March 10, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0081
This Commons Library debate pack has been prepared ahead of the Westminster Hall debate, scheduled for Tuesday 14 March 2017 at 430-530pm. It provides background information on the legislation, guidance and attempts to tackle the issue of dog fouling in the UK.
Proposed ban on microbeads
Published Thursday, March 2, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0073
This House of Commons Library Debate Pack is prepared for MPs will participating in a Westminster Hall debate on the proposed ban on microbeads is scheduled for Wednesday 8 March 2017 from 2.30pm to 4pm. The Member in charge is Rebecca Pow MP.
Trophy Hunting: UK and international policy
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7908
This Commons Library Briefing Paper looks at the issues surrounding trophy hunting, particularly the sport of hunting lions. It examines the impacts of this industry on biodiversity and asks whether it can contribute positively to conservation.
Night flights at Heathrow, Gatwick & Stansted
Published Monday, February 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01252
This paper explains how the night flight regimes at the UK’s three designated airports, Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, are set and what the current proposals are for the period 2017-22.
Seagulls in coastal towns and cities
Published Friday, February 3, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0044
This Commons Library debate pack has been produced ahead of the debate on seagulls in coastal towns and cities.
The debate will be in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 7 February 2017, 2.30-4pm.
The Member in charge is Oliver Colvile MP.
Debate packs are intended to provide useful information for Members, including press and parliamentary material, on issues relating to the debate.
Published Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0547
Environmental crime is generally used to describe any illegal activity that harms the environment. It can also have serious human health and social impacts. This POSTnote outlines the different types of environmental crime and options for tackling them.