NHS Key Statistics: England, May 2019
Published Thursday, May 30, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7281
Summary of NHS demand, performance and capacity of services in England. Covers A&E statistics, waiting lists, ambulance data, delayed discharges, staffing levels including doctors and nurses, and more.
Telephone and Online Scams
Published Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0133
A Westminster Hall debate on Telephone and online scams is scheduled for Tuesday 4 June 2019 at 11.30am. The Member leading the debate is Chris Elmore MP.
Brexit: consumer rights
Published Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8102
This Commons briefing paper provides an overview of some of the main issues in respect of the impact of Brexit on the UK's consumer regime.
Empty housing (England)
Published Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN03012
This briefing outlines local authorities’ powers to tackle empty housing and other relevant initiatives. It also discusses Government action around this issue.
The European Intervention Initiative (EI2)
Published Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8432
The European Intervention Initiative (EII/EI2) is a French-led initiative set out by President Macron in September 2017 as part of his vision for a “sovereign, united and democratic Europe”. In order to achieve that ambition he put forward proposals for a common European intervention force and a common doctrine for action, independent of the European Union. Ten European countries, including the UK, are involved in the initiative.
EU Defence: the realisation of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)
Published Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8149
In November 2017, 23 EU Member States submitted a Joint Notification to the EU Council of Ministers setting out their intention to utilise the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) mechanism to further European defence (CSDP). Ireland and Portugal subsequently joined in early December and a Decision formally launching PESCO was adopted on 11 December 2017. The first 17 capability projects were formally launched in March 2018, with a second tranche agreed in November 2018. The UK did not sign the Joint Notification and will, therefore, remain outside of PESCO. In doing so, the UK has no decision making rights over its governance, its projects, or a veto over its future strategic direction.
Economic Indicators, May 2019
Published Friday, May 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8579
Analysis of the latest UK and international economic indicators
Brexit: parliamentary scrutiny of UK replacement treaties
Published Friday, May 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8509
The UK is party to hundreds of international treaties with third states or organisations, many of them on trade, by virtue of its EU membership. To continue to benefit from the advantages of these agreements, the Government has been seeking to replace them in a UK bilateral context. The Government has prioritised trade agreements, but has also agreed replacement agreements covering aviation services and safety, and road transport, for example. But Parliament is not happy about the way the Government is carrying out this 'treaty continuity programme' and Committees in both Houses have called for a greater scrutiny role for Parliament in treaty-making processes. This paper looks at what has been going on and what Parliamentary Committees in both Houses have asked for. It includes a table showing where we are with these treaties so far and what sort of scrutiny they have undergone in their original form as EU treaties and currently as replacement treaties.
Topics: Agriculture, Aviation, Central government, Civil law, Data protection, Devolution, EU law and treaties, Europe, Fisheries, Human rights, Intellectual property, International law, International trade, Overseas territories, Parliament, Privacy, Railways, Regulation, Roads, Shipping, United Nations
Physical education and sport in schools
Published Friday, May 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06836
This briefing provides information on the provision of physical education and sport in schools, including National Curriculum requirements, funding, the School Games, and regulations relating to school playing fields.
Published Friday, May 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8545
This briefing answers frequently asked questions about banking scams, and describes: the scale of the problem; the types of scam; what help is available for victims; and, government and industry action.
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8578
The stand-off between demonstrators and the authorities in Algeria continues.
UK replacement of the EU's external agreements after Brexit
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8370
The EU has over a thousand international agreements with non-EU countries, covering trade, aviation, nuclear co-operation and other issues. These will cease to apply to the UK when it leaves the EU. The Government has identified 158 agreements with non-EU countries that it is seeking in order to replace these arrangements in the event a no deal Brexit. Some agreements have already been concluded, but engagement is ongoing for most of these and some will not be in place by the scheduled Brexit day of 31 October.
Topics: Asia, Aviation, EU external relations, EU law and treaties, Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Human rights, International development, International economic relations, International organisations, International trade, Parliament
Northern Ireland, Citizenship and the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8571
The definition of 'EEA citizen' in the rules for the Home Office's settled status scheme has recently changed. What are the consequences? How do these changes affect the people of Northern Ireland? Why are some people unhappy with these changes? What does British nationality law say about people born in Northern Ireland? How do these nationality laws interact with the birthright provision of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement? What does the European Convention on Human Rights say about identity and immigration? What do the people of Northern Ireland say when they are asked about their nationality? This paper looks at the complex issues behind all these questions.
Young People and Heritage Railways
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0060
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant to the forthcoming House of Lords debate on the report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail on ‘Engaging the Next Generation: Young People and Heritage Railways’.