This Commons Library briefing paper provides answers to a number of frequently asked questions on the Government’s new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. While some details of the Scheme have been published, much remains unknown. The paper considers how the Scheme will fit within the broader framework of employment law.…Read more
On 20 June 2002, the members of the Liaison Committee agreed a set of ten core tasks for Select Committees to guide their work. The Committee reviewed and revised the core tasks in 2012 and 2019. This note compares the 2019 version with the earlier versions of the core tasks. It also provides a brief background to the introduction of the core tasks in 2002.…Read more
A Library Briefing Paper on COP 26. This paper covers the lead up to the conference; the Government’s ongoing preparations for COP 26; and key Parliamentary scrutiny and stakeholder commentary. Information on other key international conferences on biodiversity and oceans is also included. It will be updated periodically to reflect developments throughout 2020/21. …Read more
The Liaison Committee has held oral evidence sessions with the Prime Minister since 2002. They are an established part of the scrutiny mechanisms available to Parliament. This briefing sets out the background to the evidence sessions and how they have developed.…Read more
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. …Read more
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.…Read more
International Inflation: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates. …Read more
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. …Read more
This Library Briefing gives an overview of how the National Lottery operates.
Manufacturing: Data on manufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.…Read more
The FCO has advised against all non-essential global travel and has urged Britons travelling abroad to return to the UK as soon as possible. MPs have questioned the government’s response. Here we look at what the FCO has done to help British travellers return home and reaction from MPs and the media. The paper provides information on how to access FCO travel advice.
This Commons briefing paper considers new insolvency measures announced by the government on 28 March 2020 to help companies to continue to trade during the pandemic and emerge intact the other side. …Read more
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world’s largest economies.…Read more
This Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the single use carrier bag charge in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, examines the legal basis for the charge, the exemptions and what will be done with the proceeds of the charge. It also examines the impact of the charges to date.…Read more
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.…Read more
This Commons Library Briefing Paper considers the 2017-19 minority Government and the agreement between the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party. …Read more