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    Research Briefing

    Airspace change and modernisation

    This paper looks at the structure and management of airspace in the UK and the wider international context. It explains how airspace functions at the moment and proposals to upgrade and improve it, including the EU Single European Sky programme and the UK’s Future Airspace Strategy.

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    Research Briefing

    25-year environment plan

    The Government published its 25-year plan to improve the environment on 11 January 2018. This briefing paper provides an overview and background to the plan, picks out key themes and commitments, and provides a summary of stakeholder reaction.

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    Debate Pack

    Effect of the arts on health

    A Westminster Hall debate on the Effect of the Arts on Health is scheduled for Wednesday 11 October 2017 at 4.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Edward Vaizey MP.

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    Debate Pack

    International Day of Democracy

    This page has been prepared for the debate in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 6 September 2017 from 2.30pm to 4.00pm on the ‘International Day of Democracy’. The debate has been initiated by Stuart C. McDonald MP.

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    Debate Pack

    Global Education Before the G20 Summit

    This Debate Pack has been prepared for the Westminster Hall debate on ‘Global education before the G20 Summit', to be held in Westminster Hall on Thursday 6 July 2017, from 1.30pm to 3.00pm, initiated by Stephen Twigg MP.

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    Debate Pack

    Preventing avoidable sight loss

    This pack has been produced ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 28 March 2017 from 9.30-11am on preventing avoidable sight loss. The subject for the debate has been chosen by the Backbench Business Committee, and it will be opened by Nusrat Ghani MP.

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    Research Briefing

    Outer space

    On the 21 February 2017, the Government published a Draft Spaceflight Bill to "provide for the creation of a regulatory framework to enable commercial spaceflight activities to be carried out from spaceports in the United Kingdom".

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    Research Briefing

    Women around the world: International Women’s Day 2017

    This Commons library briefing gives an introduction to International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrated on the 8th of March. It examines a variety of indicators for women’s equality both in the UK and internationally.

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    Debate Pack

    Tidal lagoons and UK energy strategy

    This Commons Library Debate pack was prepared for a debate on Tidal lagoons and UK energy strategy which took place in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 6 December 2016.

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    Debate Pack

    West Anglia Taskforce report

    This debate pack has been prepared ahead of the Westminster Hall debate on the West Anglia Taskforce report, which will take place on Tuesday 8 November at 2.30pm.

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    Debate Pack

    National college of wind energy

    This Debate Pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on the National college of wind energy to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 1 November 2016 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm. The Member in charge of this debate is Melanie Onn MP.

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    Research Briefing

    Food Waste: key facts, policy and trends in the UK

    A House of Commons Library Briefing including some key food waste facts and trends; an explanation of the impacts of food waste; food waste policy and legislation; information on the UK voluntary initiatives in place to tackle food waste; and a summary of proposals for change.

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    Research Briefing

    Commons Library analysis: Energy Storage in the UK

    Energy storage is expected to play an increasing role in managing an increasingly decentralised electricity grid in the next few years.

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    Debate Pack

    Violence against women and girls and the Sustainable Development Goals

    The House of Commons Library prepares a briefing in hard copy and/or online for most non-legislative debates in the Chamber and Westminster Hall other than half-hour debates. Debate Packs are produced after the announcement of parliamentary business. They are intended to provide a summary or overview of the issue being debated and identify relevant briefings and useful documents, including press and parliamentary material. More detailed briefing can be prepared for Members on request to the Library.

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    Debate Pack

    Parliamentary debate 20/4/16: Effect of aircraft noise on local communities

    This is a short overview of the issues that may be discussed in the debate in Westminster Hall on 20 April 2016 between 9.30 and 11am, Effect of aircraft noise on local communities. The Member who secured the debate is Tom Tugendhat MP (Con., Tonbridge and Malling).

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    Debate Pack

    Debate pack: BT broadband provision for local businesses

    This page has been prepared ahead of the debate in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 10 March at 1.30pm on BT broadband provision for local businesses. The Member in charge is Helen Goodman. It includes a brief summary and some useful links for further reading. The House of Commons Library prepares a briefing in hard copy and/or online for most non-legislative debates in the Chamber and Westminster Hall other than half-hour debates. Debate Packs are produced quickly after the announcement of parliamentary business. They are intended to provide a summary or overview of the issue being debated and identify relevant briefings and useful documents, including press and parliamentary material. More detailed briefing can be prepared for Members on request to the Library.