Women in Parliament and Government
Published Friday, July 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01250
A record 208 women MPs were elected to the House of Commons at General Election 2017, a record high of 32%. As of January 2018 there are 206 female peers, making up 26% of Members of the House of Lords. There are currently six women in Cabinet including the Prime Ministers, 26% of the total 23 permanent Cabinet posts.
Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8369
The House will debate the Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy Programme Team’s Delivery Report on 19 July. This briefing note reviews the report and the background to it.
Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Monday, July 16, 2018 | 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, Armed forces, Asylum, Aviation, Climate change, Common Agricultural Policy, Consumers, Courts, Data protection, Defence equipment and procurement, Devolution, Economic policy, Employment, Energy, Environmental protection, EU budget, EU external relations, EU grants and loans, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Financial services, Fisheries, Food, Forestry, Health services, Higher education, Human rights, Immigration, Industry, Information technology, International development, International economic relations, International law, International politics and government, International trade, Legislative process, Medicine, Overseas territories, Parliament, Pensions, Railways, Regulation, Research and innovation, Roads, Science, Shipping, Water
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, July 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
Published Monday, July 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01747
Under current legislation, a person must be 18 or over to vote in elections to the UK Parliament. This Note gives details of calls for a change in the law to reduce the voting age to 16 in recent years.
Parliamentary boundary reviews: public consultations
Published Monday, July 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7696
The four boundary commissions in the UK have to allow for various stages of public consultation during their general reviews of Parliamentary constituencies. These are summarised in this paper. Section 2 gives the dates of the various stages of the current review.
UK by-elections since 1945
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02383
The number of UK by-elections by session and by Parliament since 1945
90th anniversary of the Equal Franchise Act 1928
Published Tuesday, July 3, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8361
This short briefing gives an overview of the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928, which was passed 90 years ago, in July 1928
Proxy voting in divisions in the House
Published Monday, July 2, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8359
On 5 July 2018, the House will debate the principle of proxy voting in divisions in the House of Commons.
The new Italian Government
Published Friday, June 29, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8357
A new populist Italian government took office at the beginning of June 2018. International attention has focused on the government's refusal to allow migrant rescue boats to dock in Italy, and the combative approach of the new Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. The governing parties have been critical of the EU, and of the impact of the euro in particular, and the government has demanded a new approach from the EU on asylum and migration policy.
Prisoners' voting rights: developments since May 2015
Published Thursday, June 28, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7461
This House of Commons Briefing Paper analyses the debate over the voting rights of prisoners since May 2015, it also includes a concise summary of the main developments before May 2015.
Estimates - grants to the devolved institutions
Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8354
On 3 July 2018 there will be an Estimates Day debate on Her Majesty’s Treasury, so far as it relates to spending decisions and their consequences for grants to the devolved institutions. This landing page provides background information for the debate.
Business Appointment Rules
Published Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN03745
Ministers and civil servants leaving office are subject to rules regarding appointment in other sectors. These rules, known as the Business Appointment Rules, exist to prevent former civil servants and ministers being able to profit from their knowledge of and contacts within Whitehall, and to prevent any perception of wrongdoing. The rules are administered by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.
Investigation of Former Armed Forces Personnel Who Served in Northern Ireland
Published Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8352
The investigation of former British soldiers who served in Northern Ireland during “The Troubles” is currently receiving a significant amount of media and parliamentary attention as a result of several ongoing court cases. It is, however, the result of a process which began over a decade ago.