The Intelligence and Security Committee
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02178
This paper describes the functions and powers of the Intelligence and Security Committee, which is responsible for scrutinising the UK's intelligence and security agencies. It outlines reforms to the Committee under the Justice and Security Act 2013, and summarises recent inquiries. It also explains the recent controversy surrounding the Committee's inquiry on Russian activity against the UK and the Government's refusal to permit publication of the report prior to the 2019 election.
Civil partnership for opposite sex couples
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8609
This Commons Library briefing paper deals with the extension of eligibility to register a civil partnership to opposite sex couples
Winter Fuel Payments update
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06019
The Winter Fuel Payment is a tax-free annual payment to help older people meet the cost of their winter fuel bills. The “standard” rates are £200 per eligible household where the oldest person is under 80, and £300 for households containing a person aged 80 or over.
Brexit: Trade issues for food and agriculture
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7974
This briefing discusses how future UK trade policy after Brexit could affect the availability, price and quality of food, as well as the prospects for farmers, food producers and processors. It sets out key statistics on the UK’s international food and drink trade and considers the potential opportunities and challenges of new trading relationships after the UK leaves the EU, including under a Withdrawal Agreement or a no deal scenario.
Brexit: public procurement
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8390
Overview of the expected effects of Brexit on public procurement and future policy choices for the UK.
Brexit reading list: no deal
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8642
This paper provides links to a selection of 2019 publications by private sector organisations, think tanks, research institutes and other academic institutions on a no-deal exit from the EU.
House of Lords Act 1999: Twenty Years On
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0151
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides background information on the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999.
Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7912
This reading list brings together briefings on Brexit by the Parliamentary libraries and the Devolved Assembly research services with reports by Parliamentary and Devolved Assembly committees following the result of the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.
Topics: Animal welfare, Aviation, Common Agricultural Policy, Courts, Data protection, Defence policy, Devolution, Employment, Environmental protection, EU defence policy, EU external relations, EU grants and loans, EU law and treaties, Europe, Financial services, Fisheries, Food, Forestry, Health services, Higher education, Human rights, Immigration, Industry, International law, International politics and government, International trade, Legislative process, Medicine, Overseas territories, Parliament, Regulation, Research and innovation, Science
Planning for a no-deal Brexit
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8733
After Boris Johnson became Prime Minister in July 2019 the Government intensified planning for a no-deal Brexit and stressed its intention to take the UK out of the EU on 31 October with or without a deal. But the UK remained in the EU after 31 October after a further extension of the Article 50 period was agreed with the EU. A no-deal Brexit however remains the default outcome if an agreement is not ratified. This briefing paper provides an overview of Government and EU preparations for a no-deal Brexit, and of recent reports analysing the possible impact of this outcome
Topics: Agriculture, Aviation, Business support, Economic policy, Energy, Environmental protection, EU budget, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Europe, Fisheries, Food, Immigration, Industry, International trade, Legislative process, Medicine, Parliament, Public expenditure, Railways, Roads, Shipping, Unemployment
Universal Credit and the Severe Disability Premium
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8494
This Commons Library briefing looks at how Universal Credit will affect benefit claimants who are, or were, getting the Severe Disability Premium. It covers measures which came into force in January 2019 to prevent people getting SDP from moving onto UC until they can receive transitional protection, and "SDP transitional payments" for those who have already moved to UC and lost SDP.
Statistics on UK trade with China
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7379
China is one of the UK's largest trading partners. This note gives some key statistics on UK-China trade.
Regulation of fireworks
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05704
There are strict rules in place in the UK regulating the sale, possession and use of fireworks. This Commons briefing paper provides an overview of the current legislative provisions regulating the supply and use of fireworks in England & Wales and (in the main) Scotland.
Support for UK Veterans
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7693
This briefing paper details the support available to armed forces veterans in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Brexit: ATOL protection scheme
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8559
This Commons briefing paper provides a summary of the impact on ATOL of a “no deal” Brexit. In the process, it also provides an outline of the current insolvency protections provided by ATOL in respect of package holidays and LTAs.
The election of a Speaker
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05074
This note briefly outlines the procedure for electing a Speaker. It reports the results of the election of new Speakers in 2009 and 2019; and the Procedure Committee's review of the 2009 election.
Four Seasons Health Care Group – financial difficulties and safeguards for clients
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8004
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explores the latest developments concerning the financial state of the Four Seasons Health Care Group – the UK’s second largest care home provider – and (for England) the regulatory oversight of strategically important social care providers and the temporary duty of local authorities to meet people’s needs when such a provider suffers business failure. A link to the full pdf report can be found at the foot of this page.
School funding in England: FAQs
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8419
This briefing paper aims to give a short, non-technical overview of issues around school funding in England and answer frequently-asked questions on this subject. It's been updated following the Government's Summer 2019 funding announcements.