Electric vehicles and infrastructure

This paper explains what electric vehicles are and how successive governments have planned for infrastructure and provided vehicle grants and incentives to encourage and accommodate their growth. It also sets out how the electricity grid is preparing to accommodate any increased demand from EV charging and looks at comparative emissions from EVs and conventional vehicles.…

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The UK-EU future relationship negotiations: process and issues

The UK and EU begin negotiations over their future relationship this week. This paper outlines the UK and EU’s objectives, the main issues of contention and the process being followed in the negotiations …

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Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies

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.…

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Revisions to the Political Declaration on the framework for future EU-UK relations

The UK and EU agreed a revised Political Declaration on the framework for the future UK-EU relationship on 17 October. This Briefing provides an outline of the contents of the Declaration and the key changes in the revised text …

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No-deal Brexit: A guide to Commons Library research

The No-deal Brexit: A guide to Commons Library research is an annotated bibliography of sources published by the House of Commons Library on a potential no-deal Brexit. It will be updated regularly. Links to the papers included in the resource are available on this page, the downloadable version includes additional comment on some of the selected papers.…

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General debate on involvement of patients in the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare

At 1.30pm on 5 September 2019 there will be a Westminster Hall debate on the involvement of patients in the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare. This debate was nominated by the Backbench Business Committee and will be led by Henry Smith MP.…

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The UK’s EU Withdrawal Agreement

This briefing looks in detail at the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the EU and UK and finalised on 14 November 2018. It was endorsed by EU Member State leaders at a special European Council summit on 25 November and the UK Prime Minister promoted it in the UK Parliament and around the country. The Agreement was debated at length in Parliament on several occasions and has been voted on three times. But the House of Commons has not endorsed it. A second extension of Article 50 took exit day to 31 October 2019, but once again the UK is faced with the possibility of leaving the EU without an agreement if this agreement or another one is not ratified by the UK and the EU. …

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Supporting clinical trials and the UK’s future clinical research capability

This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall at 1.30pm on Thursday 23 May 2019 on supporting clinical trials and the UK’s future clinical research capability. The subject for the debate has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee and the debate will be opened by Chris Green MP. …

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Animal Experiment Statistics

In 2017, there were 3.79 million procedures completed involving regulated living animals, which was the lowest annual number since 2010. This note summarises and analyses trends in data, including the growth of universities as the dominant seat of research on animals, the use of different species, and the decline of research for toxicological purposes.…

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Brexit and medicines regulation

This briefing paper provides an overview of current medicines regulation in the UK and EU, Brexit negotiations so far on this issue, and views on future regulation. It also discusses the potential impacts of a no deal Brexit scenario, and Government preparations for these.…

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