• Research Briefing

    Oil Prices

    Spot oil prices were around $75 per barrel in early July 2021. They crashed after the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown led to a dramatic cut in demand. Prices fell from almost $70 a barrel in early January to below $20 per barrel in late April 2020. Oil prices peaked in July 2008 at almost $150 per barrel and were in the $100-125 range for much of 2011 to early 2014.

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    Petrol and diesel prices

    Average mid-June prices for petrol and diesel were 129.5 and 133.2 pence per litre respectively. They fell rapidly after the coronavirus outbreak largely due to sharp drops in oil prices. Since the first lockdown prices have increased again and are now above their immediate pre-pandemic levels. The UK had the 10th highest petrol and 2nd highest diesel prices in the EU+UK.

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    E-petition debate: breed specific legislation

    A Westminster Hall debate on e-petition 300561, relating to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, has been scheduled for Monday 5 July 2021 at 6:15 pm. The petition calls for Government to replace breed specific legislation with a new statutory framework.

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    E-petition debate: protecting the UK’s hedgehog population

    A debate on hedgehogs will be held on 5 July 2021 after e-petition 550379 received over 100,000 signatures. The petition calls for the Government to move hedgehogs to schedule 5 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 to allow them greater protection. However, the Government has said that moving hedgehogs to Schedule 5 of the Act would not address the main threat to the species which is habitat loss.

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    Enabling community energy

    A debate has been scheduled in Westminster Hall on Thursday 1 July 2021 at 1.30pm on enabling community energy. The subject for this debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee and the Members introducing the debate are Wera Hobhouse MP, Ben Lake MP and Peter Aldous MP.

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    Community energy

    Community energy refers to energy projects that are wholly or partially owned and controlled by local communities. The projects can span generation – usually renewable or low carbon – or demand reduction such as energy efficiency.

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    E-petition debate: Compulsory scanning of pet microchips

    A debate on the use of pet microchips will be held in Westminster Hall on Monday 28 June after e-petitions 300010 and 300025 both received more than 100,000 signatures. The e-petitions call for legislation to be introduced that would require the compulsory scanning of pet microchips prior to euthanasia and to ensure pets are reunited with their owners.

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    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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    Deforestation in the Amazon

    A debate has been scheduled in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 23 June 2021 on deforestation in the Amazon. The debate will be opened by the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP.

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    Environment Bill 2019-21 and 2021-22: Report on Committee and Remaining stages in the Commons

    The Environment Bill 2019-21 has completed it Committee Stage, Report Stage and Third Reading in the House of Commons. This paper is a summary of what happened in those stages and about how the Bill has changed. It considers key Government and Opposition amendments. The Bill has now proceeded to the House of Lords.

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    e-petition debate on driven grouse shooting

    A debate will be held in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm on Monday 21 June 2021 on e-petition 266770, calling for a ban on driven grouse shooting. The topic for the debate has been selected by the Petitions Committee, and the debate will be opened by Tom Hunt MP.