Select Committees – core tasks

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.…

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Select committees: election of chairs and members

This briefing paper outlines the timetable for the election of chairs and members of select committees. It reports the allocation of chairs between the parties and the results of the election of committee chairs; their timings; and the timing of the nomination of members in 2019. It also summarises timetables in the previous (2010, 2015 and 2017) Parliaments.…

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Short Money

This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides details of the current levels of ‘Short money’ allocated to opposition parties for parliamentary duties and a brief history of the scheme. Figures for the corresponding scheme in the House of Lords (Cranborne money) are provided. The note also provides details of allocations made under the Representative Money scheme.…

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Constitutional implications of the Withdrawal Agreement legislation

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 at 11pm GMT with a ratified Withdrawal Agreement. The changes brought about by Brexit have been implemented predominantly through the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020. This briefing paper explains the constitutional and legal implications of those two Acts, taken together, and what it means for the next part of the Brexit process.…

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Peerage Creations since 1997

This House of Commons briefing paper provides details of appointments to the House of Lords from May 1997 to January 2020. It provides tables showing the numbers appointed under Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson, broken down by party affiliation at the time of appointment. It also includes a chronological list of all those appointed during this period.

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