Private Member's Bills in the House of Lords
Published Thursday, September 7, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0058
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a profile of private member’s bills in the Lords and recent statistics for the number passed each session. It also provides examples of the types of private member’s bill introduced and commentary on the reasons why a Member might table a private member’s bill.
Brexit: the August negotiations
Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8082
What happened in the third round of Brexit negotiations from 28 to 31 August? Was any progress made in the contentious areas of citizens' rights for EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU after Brexit? And has the UK agreed to pay the 'divorce bill' demanded by the EU? And could the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland remain open and flexible after Brexit? The talks did not resolve these issues, but some aspects were agreed. Will this be enough to allow a move to phase two of the negotiations in October?
Topics: Central government, Consumers, EU budget, EU external relations, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Health services, Human rights, Immigration, International economic relations, International politics and government, International trade, Parliament, Regulation, Standards
Energy bills and proposals for reform
Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8081
The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark wrote to Ofgem in June 2017 to encourage them to implement a “safeguard tariff”. Ofgem are currently consulting on how to take action. The Industrial Strategy Green Paper, published in January 2017, promised an independent energy review to assess the affordability of energy and to inform a roadmap of energy priorities in future. This review was launched in August 2017, under the leadership of Professor Dieter Helm, and will report back at the end of October 2017. In addition, the Queen’s Speech promised a new consumer and markets green paper to examine markets that are not working efficiently or fairly.
Transparency of the BBC
Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0155
A Westminster Hall debate on the Transparency of the BBC is scheduled for Thursday 7 September 2017 at 1.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Gregory Campbell MP.
16 to 19 Education Funding
Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0156
This House of Commons Library debate pack briefing provides information and material in anticipation of the debate, entitled “16-19 Education Funding” and sponsored by Mr Nic Dakin, which will take place on Thursday 7th September at 3.00pm in Westminster Hall.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, September 5, 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.
Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, September 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02811
Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.
House of Lords: Lords Spiritual
Published Monday, September 4, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0056
This House of Lords Library briefing looks at the role of the Lords Spiritual in the House of Lords. The membership of the House of Lords includes 26 Church of England Archbishops and Bishops who sit on an ex officio basis as ‘Lords Spiritual’. Their right to sit and vote in the House having been established by ancient usage and by statute. They currently comprise around 3 percent of the total membership.
The legal and regulatory framework for UK arms exports
Published Monday, September 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02729
This briefing provides an overview of the development of the legal and regulatory framework for UK arms exports since 1997. It also describes the main changes to this regulatory framework under the 2015-17 Conservative Government. During the last parliament there was also controversy over the use of UK-manufactured arms by Saudi Arabia in Yemen. As the current parliament gets down to work, there are potential uncertainties about the implications of Brexit for this area of policy.
Ministers in the House of Lords
Published Monday, September 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05226
This Commons Library briefing paper sets out the number of ministers in the House of Lords over recent years. It considers briefly the accountability arrangements for Cabinet Ministers in the Lords and it looks at the appointment of ‘outside’ ministerial appointments.
Parliamentary Private Secretaries
Published Monday, September 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04942
This Commons Library Briefing Paper sets out the role of Parliamentary Private Secretaries, including their functions and the limitations placed on them.
Published Monday, September 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06045
This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the history and purpose of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), and the Government's plans following the publication of its response to a consultation on the EBacc in July 2017
European Union (Withdrawal) Bill
Published Friday, September 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8079
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (the EUW Bill) was published on 13 July 2017.
Membership of UK political parties
Published Friday, September 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05125
As of June 2017, Labour had 552,000 members and the Liberal Democrats had 102,000 members as of May 2017. As of August 2017 the SNP had 118,000 members. As of December 2016 the Green Party (England and Wales) had 46,000 and UKIP 34,000. As of December 2013 (latest published figure) the Conservative Party had 149,800 members. Party membership has risen notably since 2013, both in total and as a percentage of the electorate.
Political situation in Venezuela
Published Friday, September 1, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0157
A Westminster Hall debate on the ‘Political situation in Venezuela’ is scheduled for Tuesday 5 September 2017 from 9.30am to 11.00am. The debate has been initiated by Graham P Jones MP.
Trade unions: blacklisting
Published Friday, September 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06819
This note sets out the background to the the Employment Relations Act 1999 (Blacklists) Regulations 2010, and discusses recent developments.