New Plant Breeding Techniques
Published Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0548
This note outlines some of the new plant breeding techniques developed recently and looks at their applications and the regulatory challenges they raise
Green Investment Bank: Proposed Sale
Published Tuesday, January 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05977
A Commons Library Briefing on the creation of the Green Investment Bank by the Government and the ongoing debate around its proposed privatisation.
UK decarbonisation and carbon capture and storage
Published Monday, January 23, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0023
This Debate pack has been prepared for the debate on UK decarbonisation and carbon capture and storage to take place in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 24 January 2017 at 2:30pm. The subject for debate has been chosen by Philip Boswell, MP for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill.
UK Trends in Infectious Disease
Published Monday, January 23, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0545
This POSTnote looks at recent UK trends in infectious disease, with a focus on those infections for which vaccines are not yet available, and where the development of antimicrobial resistance is a serious concern.
Published Monday, January 9, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0544
A POSTnote that considers current approaches to promoting integrity in research.
Legislating for Brexit: EU external agreements
Published Thursday, January 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7850
The EU has over 1,000 external agreements with other countries or organisations, many of which the individual Member States, as well as the EU, have ratified. Many of them concern trade but they cover a range of policy areas and it is not clear what Brexit will mean for the UK's participation in these agreements.
Topics: Climate change, EU external relations, EU law and treaties, International law, International organisations, International politics and government, Latin America, Legislative process, Middle East, North America, Overseas territories
Exiting the EU and science and research
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0252
This Commons Library Debate pack has been prepared for the general debate on Exiting the EU and science and research to take place in the Chamber on Monday 19 December 2016 at approximately 3:30pm.
Implications of the Accelerated Access Review for cystic fibrosis and other conditions
Published Monday, December 12, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0242
This Debate Pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on the Implications of the Accelerated Access Review for cystic fibrosis and other conditions, to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 13 December at 9.30am.
The subject for the debate has been chosen by the Backbench Business Committee, following a representation made by Ian Austin, Ben Howlett and Kerry McCarthy.
Paris Agreement and Marrakech Climate Conference
Published Friday, November 25, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7718
Update on the Paris Climate Agreement ratification and the Marrakesh Climate Conference that took place in November 2016.
Published Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0541
This POSTnote covers current and future uses of genome editing, how it is regulated and the potential concerns it raises.
Support for science
Published Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7237
Public funding for research comes from a mix of devolved (e.g. Higher Education Funding Council for England) and UK (e.g. Research Councils) institutions. The Higher Education and Research Bill will make structural changes to the science support structures.
Published Thursday, October 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7709
Grouse shooting takes place on moorlands managed for the birds. The Government believes that grouse shooting makes a significant economic, social and environmental contribution. However, others are concerned that grouse moor management is leading to environmental damage and the illegal killing of birds of prey. Two public petitions have been launched on this matter, on both sides of the argument. The Petitions Committee took evidence from witnesses on 18 October 2016, and a debate is scheduled for 31 October 2016.
Topics: Agriculture, Agriculture and environment, Biodiversity, Climate change, Common Agricultural Policy, Countryside, Environmental protection, Flooding, Food, Nature conservation, Wildlife
Leaving the European Union: Environment and Climate Change
Published Thursday, October 13, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0050
On 20 October 2016, the House of Lords will debate the future of environmental and climate change policy in the light of the EU referendum. This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of a selection of European legislation which relates to the environment and climate change, and outlines how it has been implemented in the UK. The briefing also briefly discusses the EU’s international commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This briefing does not provide an analysis of the potential impacts of the UK leaving the EU. However, it does include a selection of recent statements made by the Government on these issues.
Published Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0175
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on baby loss to be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 13 October 2016. The subject for the debate has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee and the Members in charge are Antoinette Sandbach and Will Quince.
The Paris Climate Change Conference
Published Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7393
The Paris Climate Conference in December 2015 reached agreement, to be implemented in 2020, to keep global increases in temperature well below 2 °C. The UK has signed the Agreement, and momentum is increasing for ratification in 2016.
Managing the UK Plutonium Stockpile
Published Thursday, September 1, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0531
This POSTnote describes the state of the plutonium stockpile, current plutonium policy and the options for managing the plutonium: indefinite storage, reuse in UK power plants, conversion to fuel to send overseas and disposal as waste. It then outlines the safety, security, economic and energy policy implications of these options.
Brexit: impact across policy areas
Published Friday, August 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7213
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
Topics: Administration of justice, Agriculture, Arts, Aviation, Business support, Civil law, Climate change, Common Agricultural Policy, Companies, Competition, Consumers, Criminal law, Defence equipment and procurement, Defence policy, Economic and monetary union, Economic policy, Economic situation, Employment, Energy, Environmental protection, EU budget, EU defence policy, EU enlargement, EU external relations, EU grants and loans, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, EU political integration, Europe, Financial institutions, Financial services, Fisheries, Health services, Health staff and professions, Higher education, Housing benefits, Human rights, Immigration, Industrial health and safety, Industrial relations, Industry, International development, International economic relations, International law, International organisations, International trade, Media, Medicine, Military operations, Nationality, Patient rights and complaints, Pensions, Pollution, Railways, Regulation, Research and innovation, Shipping, Sports and Olympic Games, Standards, Students, Taxation, Terrorism, Waste management, Water
New Drugs for Dementia
Published Tuesday, August 16, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0535
A POSTnote outlining the challenges in developing new drugs to treat dementia, and an overview of UK and international research activities to accelerate progress.
Automation and the Workforce
Published Friday, August 12, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0534
Automation technologies can reduce costs and raise productivity. However, there is considerable uncertainty over their potential effects on the UK workforce. This note provides an overview of how these technologies are being used; and potential implications for employment, skills, education and inequality in the coming decades.