Search and Rescue Services
Published Friday, February 22, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0017
This Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming question for short debate on the work of search and rescue services.
Safety of Medicines and Medical Devices
Published Thursday, February 21, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0024
This Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord O’Shaughnessy that “this House takes note of the steps being taken to improve the safety of medicines and medical devices”. It outlines the current regulatory regime, which is based on EU law, and the roles of the main European and UK agencies. It then describes an ongoing independent review into medicinal product safety, which is tasked with recommending improvements to responses to patient reports about harmful side effects. The Briefing then considers the impact of the UK’s departure from the EU, both under the draft withdrawal agreement and if the UK leaves with no deal. Finally, it discusses ongoing developments in medicine safety, such as the greater use of technology, and sets the issue of medicine and medical product safety within the context of wider patient safety initiatives in the NHS.
Welsh Affairs - annual debate on 28 February 2019
Published Thursday, February 21, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0051
A general debate on Welsh Affairs is held each year in the Commons Chamber on, or around, St David’s Day. Since 2010, the Backbench Business Committee has allocated time for the annual debate from its 35 allotted days.
Leasehold and commonhold reform
Published Thursday, February 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8047
This briefing paper considers trends in leasehold ownership and ongoing problems associated with the sector. The Government has committed to legislation; on 20 September 2018 the Law Commission published detailed proposals on leasehold enfranchisement and lease extensions. Responses could be submitted up to 7 January 2019. An additional consultation exercise on commonhold was launched on 10 December; consultation on the Right to Manage was opened at the end of January 2019.
Published Thursday, February 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05089
Recall is used to describe a process where the electorate in an area can trigger a special election to remove an elected representative before the end of their term. A recall procedure was introduced in the UK in 2015. It only applies to Members of Parliament.
Future of the Department for International Development
Published Thursday, February 21, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0047
A Westminster Hall debate on the ‘Future of the Department for International Development’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 27 February 2019 from 2.30pm to 4.00pm. The debate has been initiated by Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP.
Global education for the most marginalised
Published Thursday, February 21, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0048
A Westminster Hall debate on the 'Global education for the most marginalised' is scheduled for Tuesday 26 February 2019 from 2:30-4:00pm. The Member leading the debate is David Linden MP.
Further Article 50 Discussions with the EU
Published Thursday, February 21, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0023
On 27 February 2019, the House of Lords is due to debate the Government’s further discussions with the EU under article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This follows a commitment made by the Prime Minister on 12 February 2019 that, if by 26 February 2019 the Government had not secured a majority in the House of Commons in a second ‘meaningful vote’, she would make a further statement in the Commons on 26 February 2019, and a debate on an amendable motion would take place in the Commons on 27 February 2019. At the time of writing this briefing, the exact wording of the motion for debate in each House is not known.
List of EU trade agreements
Published Thursday, February 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7792
This short note provides a list of EU trade agreements in force.
Debate on the UK's progress toward net zero carbon emissions
Published Thursday, February 21, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0049
A general debate will be held on the UK's progress toward net zero carbon emissions on 28 February 2019. The subject for the debate has been chosen by the Backbench Business Committee, and it will be opened by Layla Moran.
The forthcoming review of post-18 education and funding
Published Thursday, February 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8490
This House of Commons briefing paper discusses the post-18 education and student finance review and gives an outline of the post- 18 funding system in England. It suggests possible options for reform that the Review may propose, such as the lowering of higher education tuition fees and analyses the impact of these proposals.
Off-rolling in English schools
Published Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8444
This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of the concerns that increasing numbers of children in England are being 'off-rolled' - being excluded or otherwise leaving school for reasons that do not serve their best interests
UK Carbon Budgets
Published Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7555
A House of Commons Library Briefing Paper on the UK Carbon Budgets, including information on the Climate Change Act 2008, the Committee on Climate Change's proposals for the fifth carbon budget, the Government's Clean Growth Strategy and progress against carbon budgets. Information on the Paris Agreement and possible impact of Brexit is also included.
Consumption of dog meat in the UK
Published Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0045
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Thursday 21 February 2019 on the consumption of dog meat in the UK. The subject for the debate has been chosen by the Backbench Business Committee, and the debate will be opened by Jim Shannon MP.