Local Growth Deals
Published Friday, March 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07120
This note looks at the creation of the Single Local Growth Fund and the process of allocating Growth Deal funding to Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, March 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
Crown Tenancies Bill [Bill 32 of 2016-17]
Published Friday, March 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7831
This Commons Library briefing paper provides background information on a Private Member's Bill which is seeking to bring most Crown tenancies within the assured tenancy regime under the Housing Act 1988.
Jobcentre Plus office closures
Published Friday, March 10, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0089
MPs will debate Jobcentre Plus office closures, on Thursday 16 March 2017 in Westminster Hall, from 3:00pm - 4:30pm. Chris Stephens MP will lead the debate. This House of Commons Library briefing provides background to the debate and includes a summary of the issues and press and parliamentary coverage.
Brexit and financial services
Published Friday, March 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7628
This Commons Library briefing paper brings together responses from financial organisations about the impact of the vote to leave the EU,.
The vote to leave the EU has significant implications for the financial services sector, an economic sector which is critical to the UK economy. The degree of inter-linkage between the ‘City’ and the EU economies is substantial economically speaking and intricate in terms of the legislative interface.
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.
Grammar school statistics
Published Friday, March 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01398
The number of state grammar schools peaked at almost 1,300 in the mid-1960s when around one-quarter of all pupils in state secondaries attended grammars. Their number started falling soon after with the fastest period of decline was in the 1970s. The proportion of pupils in grammars fell to below 20% in the early 1970s, below 10% in the mid-1970s and has been 5% or less from the late 1970s onwards. There are currently 163 grammar schools in England with a total of 167,000 pupils.
Published Thursday, March 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7464
On the 21 February 2017, the Government published a Draft Spaceflight Bill to "provide for the creation of a regulatory framework to enable commercial spaceflight activities to be carried out from spaceports in the United Kingdom".
Commons Library analysis: Bees and neonicotinoids
Published Thursday, March 9, 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. A similar application for an emergency authorisation for 2016 was rejected and the NFU has submitted a fresh application for 2017..
"Common law marriage" and cohabitation
Published Thursday, March 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN03372
This Commons Library briefing paper provides general information about how the law applies to cohabitants, the number of cohabiting couples, and about the Law Commission’s proposals for reform.
Recent policy developments: Grammar schools in England
Published Thursday, March 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07070
This Commons Library briefing paper provides an outline of the current position relating to grammar schools. It covers the Prime Minister's announcement that the Government intends to remove the ban on the opening of entirely new grammar schools. It covers England only. This note also briefly outlines recent support and opposition to the establishment of new grammar schools. The final section provides a brief history of grammar schools.
Northern Ireland Assembly Elections: 2017
Published Thursday, March 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7920
The Northern Ireland Assembly elections on 2 March 2017 took place just 301 days from the previous elections. The resignation of the Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, on 9 January 2017 set in train a sequence of statutory provisions that has led to an early election to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Brexit and state pensions
Published Thursday, March 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7894
This Commons Library briefing looks at EU law providing for the co-ordination of State Pension entitlement and the possible impact of Brexit
Superfast Broadband Coverage in the UK
Published Thursday, March 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06643
A Commons Library Briefing on the Government’s superfast broadband policy for the UK. It sets out the current situation for broadband access and coverage in all four nations of the UK, and how the roll-out of superfast broadband is being managed and funded. Constituency data and local maps on broadband connectivity and speeds are also included.
Adult Social Care Funding (England)
Published Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7903
This Commons Library briefing paper examines the key funding pressures facing adult social care services in England and evidence of the impacts of these pressures on social care and health services. The paper explains the additional funding for adult social care that the Government has made available in this Parliament, and discusses stakeholder concerns about a growing social care ‘funding gap’ and the need for a long-term sustainable funding solution.