This short Commons briefing paper provides an outline of the main provisions of the Christmas Day (Trading) Act 2004 and a summary of the background to the Act. It also outlines the position in Scotland under the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Act 2007.
What are EU agencies and what do they do? Will the UK be able to participate in their activities after Brexit? And what will happen to the two that are based in the UK? This paper looks at the roles and functions of EU agencies, the issues surrounding the two UK-based agencies, and whether there are options for continued UK participation after Brexit.
What are EU directives and what will happen to them when the UK leaves the EU? This paper looks at EU directives in force and how they are implemented in the UK. This will give some idea of the task ahead for UK legislators.
This Commons Briefing paper sets out the details of the Government’s Energy Company Obligation scheme that provides funding for energy efficiency measures for difficult to treat homes and the homes of ‘those most in need.’
This briefing paper covers the current energy market reforms in Great Britain. Increasing energy costs and the position of the ‘big six’ suppliers has meant that competition in the energy market has been high on the political agenda in recent years. A major review of the marketplace concluded in 2016 with a report from the Competition and Markets Authority. Recommendations from this report are now being implemented whilst the Government has indicated further reforms are being considered.
The energy market in Northern Ireland is separate and is not included here. The focus of the paper is on major reforms and events; it does not provide full coverage of the Competition and Markets Authority (‘CMA’)’s Energy Market Investigation. Members and their staff can get in touch with the Library if they require further briefing on this.
MPs will debate broadband speeds and advertising in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 8 March from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. Matt Warman MP will lead the debate.
This House of Commons Library debate pack provides a summary of the issue, press and parliamentary coverage, and further reading.
A Westminster Hall debate on a motion relating to consumer protection for online gaming is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 13 September 2016 at 1430hrs. The Member in charge of the debate is Owen Thompson.
A backbench business debate is being held on 8 September 2016 on scamming and its effect on vulnerable individuals. This paper explores the different types of scams, regulation and what can be done to combat this threat.
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 House of Commons Library Briefing Paper examines the issue of water affordability. It includes statistics and analysis of the cost of customer bills; discussion of affordability and vulnerability; and information on the help that is available for customers struggling to pay. It also discusses the economic regulation of the industry as well as actions of the UK Government since 2009.