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Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Monday, November 19, 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, November 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday when the legislatures are in session.
Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) [HL] Bill (2018-19)
Published Friday, November 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8440
The Government introduced a Bill into the House of Lords in May 2018 to reform the Courts and Tribunals system in (predominantly) England and Wales. This paper sets out the key provisions and issues raised by the Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) [HL] Bill 2017-19. The Bill was introduced into the Commons on 13 November 2018, with a Second Reading anticipated on 26 November 2018
The EU27: Internal Politics and Views on Brexit
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8362
The other 27 EU Member States have maintained a largely united front in the Brexit negotiations. This paper examines the views of each of the EU27 on Brexit, also giving background on their internal politics and trade and economic statistics.
Topics: Central government, Defence policy, EU budget, EU external relations, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, EU political integration, Europe, International trade, Parliament, Political parties
Freedom of information requests
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02950
This Library Briefing Paper gives an overview of freedom of information requests.
Commons Opposition Day debates since 1997
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06315
This Note lists Opposition Day debates in the House of Commons by party and by session. The three tables cover different administrations; the first table lists Opposition Days since the May 2015 General Election, the second and third tables detail Opposition Days under previous administrations.
Social background of Members of Parliament 1979-2017
Published Monday, November 12, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7483
This briefing paper provides data on the gender, age, ethnicity and educational backgrounds of MPs elected at the 2017 General Election and how this has changed over time.
Emergency debates in the House of Commons since 1979
Published Monday, November 12, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04569
This list notes successful applications for emergency debates in the House of Commons and provides a link to the debate in Hansard. Applications for emergency debates made since June 2012 are noted in the Excel spreadsheet.
The Budget and the annual Finance Bill
Published Monday, November 5, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN00813
This paper discusses the way that Parliament scrutinises the Government's proposals for taxation, set out in the annual Budget statement. It looks at how this procedure may be affected by the timing of a General Election, and the recent decision to move the Budget from the Spring to the Autumn. It also provides some suggestions for further reading.
Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme
Published Thursday, November 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8369
The House debated the Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy Programme Team’s Delivery Report on 19 July and agreed a new parliament-wide Behaviour Code. Procedures for making complaints and obtaining support have been put in place. This briefing note reviews the debate, the report and the background to it.
Local government finances
Published Wednesday, October 31, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8431
Local authorities in England spent £74 billion in 2017/18. This briefing looks at the funding that local authorities receive from central Government, and where and how they spend it.
A User's Guide to the Meaningful Vote
Published Thursday, October 25, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8424
This paper explains the role of Parliament in the approval or rejection of any withdrawal agreement that may be reached between the UK and the EU27 in relation to the UK's exit from the EU under Article 50. It explains what the "meaningful vote" is, what it involves, and what Parliament's role will be if a deal is accepted, rejected or never reached.