Impact of Pornography on Society
Published Friday, October 30, 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-0041
This Library Note has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on 5 November 2015 on the impact of pornography on society.
This Note provides information on the definition of pornography and the current law on pornography. It also gives reference to recent evidence and a selection of key issues that have been raised in relation to the impact of pornography on both children and adults.
Maternity Discrimination - Westminster Hall debate
Published Friday, October 30, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0089
Stuart C. McDonald MP (SNP, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East) secured a Westminster Hall debate at 4.30pm on Tuesday 3 November 2015.
The future of British banking and RBS
Published Friday, October 30, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7358
A Backbench Business Committee debate will focus on the UK Government's policy to sell off its share holdings in the Royal Bank of Scotland acquired as part of the rescue of the bank following the financial crash. The debate is also set to look at alternative bank structures designed to improve lending to industry and the economy.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, October 30, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, October 30, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02817
Business and Consumer Confidence: Information on business and consumer confidence surveys, which is generally released ahead of official statistical data and can indicate changes to the economic outlook as well as turning points in the economic cycle.
Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, October 30, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02787
Components of GDP: data on the components that make up GDP, including household consumption, government spending, investment, trade and output by sector.
Constituency casework: schools
Published Thursday, October 29, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05396
An introduction and reference guide to the key schools-related topics often raised with Members by constituents
Post-16 Area Reviews
Published Thursday, October 29, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7357
This briefing provides information on the area reviews of post-16 education and training announced by the Government in July 2015.
Kashmir: October 2015 update
Published Thursday, October 29, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7356
India-Pakistan relations remain fraught with danger and mistrust, not least over Kashmir. In September, with regular exchanges of fire across the Line of Control and continuing armed attacks against the security forces in Indian Kashmir by Pakistan-based groups, Pakistan's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, made more peace proposals. But India responded coolly, arguing that Pakistan should end its support for terrorism first.
Tax Credit changes from April 2016
Published Thursday, October 29, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7300
This note (published 15 October 2015) outlines what tax credits are, the changes announced in the Summer Budget 2015 and how these changes will be implemented. It also estimates what impact these changes will have for families in combination with other measures announced in the Summer Budget 2015, such as introduction of the National Living Wage, the increase to the Personal Allowance and freeze in Child Benefit.
This page was updated on 29 October 2015 to included additional analysis of the impact on affected families (see attached spreadsheet).
ECO, the Energy Company Obligation
Published Thursday, October 29, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06814
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) provides funding to improve energy efficiency in difficult to treat housing and the homes of ‘those most in need’. This note explains this Government policy.
European Union (Approvals) Bill 2015-16
Published Thursday, October 29, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7355
This Bill fulfils a requirement of the European Union Act 2011 that EU legislative proposals based on the 'catch-all' Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union must be approved by an Act of Parliament before the UK can support their adoption in the EU Council. The Bill deals with two relatively uncontroversial proposals concerning the Republic of Macedonia becoming an observer on an EU human rights body and a draft decision on the Tripartite Social Summit for Growth and Employment.
School meals and nutritional standards
Published Thursday, October 29, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN04195
The main recent policy developments regarding school meals, including the revised school food standards and plans to expand provision of free school meals.
Water meters: the rights of customers and water companies
Published Thursday, October 29, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7342
This Commons Library Briefing Paper explains the powers that customers and water companies have in opting for charging with water meters. It also provides an overview of the relevant Government policy and legislation.
Backbench Business Debate: Green Investment Bank
Published Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0088
This page has been compiled ahead of the Backbench Business Committee debate on the future of the Green Investment Bank and to be held on Thursday 29 October 2015 at 1.30pm in Westminster Hall.