This Commons Library research briefing contains a list of commonly-used terms and acronyms that have needed clarification since the United Kingdom voted in the June 2016 EU referendum.…Read more
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”.…Read more
This Commons Library Paper looks at the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill [HL] 2016-17.…Read more
This Commons Library Debate pack has been prepared for the general debate on Exiting the EU and science and research to take place in the Chamber on Monday 19 December 2016 at approximately 3:30pm.…Read more
Public funding for research comes from a mix of devolved (e.g. Higher Education Funding Council for England) and UK (e.g. Research Councils) institutions. The Higher Education and Research Bill will make structural changes to the science support structures.…Read more
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
This note provides an overview of the current Government’s energy policy.…Read more
Increasing diversity in STEM, Westminster Hall debate, 19 January 2015, 16:30 – 17:30…Read more
This pack has been produced ahead of the debate on space policy to be held on the Commons Chamber on Thursday 14 January 2016.
The topic for this debate was chosen by the Backbench Business Committee.
The motion is :
That this House notes the scientific, cultural and technological opportunities arising from exploration of outer space and the significant contribution the space industry makes to the UK economy; further notes the increased public interest in space exploration resulting from Major Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station (ISS); welcomes the global co-operation that has led to the development of the ISS over the last forty years; takes note of the shortlist of airports and aerodromes that could host a UK spaceport published by the UK Government in March 2015; and calls on the Government to bring forward further advice and support for organisations considering developing such facilities so that they might be operational by the Government’s target date of 2018.…
This debate pack has been compiled ahead of the debate on the role of the Treasury in supporting UK science…Read more
This debate pack has been compiled ahead of the debate on fire safety measures in schools to be held on Thursday 22 October 2015 at 3pm in Westminster Hall. The Member in charge of the debate is Sir David Amess. 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 MPs on request to the Library.…Read more
This debate pack has been complied ahead of the debate on Science and research in the UK and regional economies on Wednesday 24 June 2015 at 09:30am.…Read more
The use of non-geographic telephone numbers, such as those beginning 0845, has been controversial – particularly in the context of the delivery of public services by bodies such as HM Revenue and Customs.…Read more
Power lines give rise to electric and magnetic fields which fall off with distance. Burying power lines underground effectively shields the electric fields but less so the magnetic.…Read more
Scientists at CERN have announced the discovery of a new subatomic particle, thought to be the Higgs Boson.…Read more
Electricity substations, like overhead power lines and electrical appliances in the home, are sources of extremely low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic fields. These have given rise to health concerns and calls for protective legislation.…Read more