Pension tax rules - impact on NHS consultants and GPs
Published Monday, January 20, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8626
This short note focuses on the current debate about the impact of pension tax rules on some senior NHS staff. The broader issues are discussed in Library Briefing Paper CBP 5901 Restricting pension tax relief.
North Cotswold line transformation
Published Monday, January 20, 2020 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2020-0004
A Westminster Hall debate on the ‘North Cotswold Line transformation’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 22 January 2020 from 2.30-4 pm. The debate has been initiated by Harriet Baldwin MP.
Grenfell Tower Fire: Background
Published Monday, January 20, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8305
This briefing sets out the Government response to the fire at Grenfell Tower which broke out on 14 June 2017, including details of the building safety programme, public inquiry and recovery taskforce.
Pension Schemes Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, January 20, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0018
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading debate in the House of Lords on the Pension Schemes Bill [HL] on 28 January 2020. The briefing looks at the three principal areas the bill addresses: collective defined contribution pensions, the Pensions Regulator, and pensions dashboards.
Published Monday, January 20, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8521
In the UK gun ownership is a privilege not a right. Firearms are heavily regulated. Not all guns can be licensed. Individuals seeking to own guns that can be licenced are vetted and approved by the police.
Part-time undergraduate students in England
Published Monday, January 20, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7966
This House of Commons briefing note gives and overview of the current position of part-time undergraduate education in England. It gives an overview of the numbers of part-time students, the decline in part-time students and discusses the reasons for the decline and the impact on the higher education sector.
Select committees: election of chairs and members
Published Monday, January 20, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7176
This briefing paper outlines the timetable for the election of chairs and members of select committees in the three previous Parliaments (2010, 2015 and 2017). It reports the allocation of chairs between the parties and the results of the election of committee chairs in 2017.
Briefing for debate on 'National Productivity'
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2020-0008
A briefing for the Westminster Hall debate on ‘National Productivity’ to be held at 9.30am on Wednesday 22 January 2020.
Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill 2019-20
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8707
This Library briefing paper provides an analysis of the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill 2019-20. It includes background information and stakeholder comment. The Bill was introduced to the House of Commons and given its First Reading on 8 January 2020. Second reading is scheduled for 22 January 2020.
Language teaching in schools (England)
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7388
This House of Commons Library briefing discusses the requirements on schools in England to teach languages; the quality of provision; support for teaching; calls for improved standards; and relevant Government reforms.
General debate on Holocaust Memorial Day 2020
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2020-0007
There will be a general debate on Holocaust Memorial Day in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 23 January 2020. The debate will be on the motion: That this House has considered Holocaust Memorial Day 2020.
Contribution of music to the economy and society
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2020-0005
A Westminster Hall debate on the contribution of music to the economy and society is scheduled for Tuesday 21 January at 2.30 pm. The Member is Conor McGinn MP.
Gene Editing: Recent Developments and Scientific Status
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0017
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared ahead of a debate due to take place on 30 January 2020 on the motion moved by Baroness Bakewell (Labour) “that this House takes note of recent developments in the field of gene editing and its status in scientific research around the world”.
Topics: Agriculture and environment, Animal experiments, Animals, Biodiversity, Common Agricultural Policy, Countryside, Diseases, EU law and treaties, European Commission, European Council, European Parliament, Food, Genetics, Health education and preventive medicine, Health services, Medical ethics, Research and innovation
Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | 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
Misuse of Civilian Drones
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0610
Drones (also known as unmanned aircraft) are flying systems that do not carry a pilot. As the technology has become cheaper and more sophisticated, the use of drones for recreational and commercial purposes has grown, with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) reporting a significant increase in the number of permissions obtained for operating commercial drones in the UK. Despite their potential to reduce costs, improve efficiency and provide new services, drones may be misused accidentally or for malicious purposes. For example, reports of drone sightings at Gatwick Airport in December 2018 grounded around 1,000 flights for almost 36 hours, affecting more than 140,000 passengers.
In 2018, the Government introduced new limits on where drones can be flown and new registration and education requirements for drone operators and pilots. In January 2020, the new Government introduced an Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill to Parliament that included new police powers for enforcing aviation laws (such as the power to issue a fixed penalty notice for certain drone offences). This POSTnote looks at civilian drones and their applications, focusing on potential misuse and possible responses.
Topics: Ambulance services, Aviation, Crime, Emergencies and disaster management, Emergency services, Fire services, Health services, Industry, Information technology, Intelligence services, Leisure, Police, Prisons, Privacy, Regulation, Security industry, Terrorism