UK offshore oil and gas industry
Published Monday, February 1, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7268
This Commons Library briefing paper provides a summary of the state of the UK offshore oil and gas industries and outlines the industry, the regulatory framework and key challenges for the industry.
Frozen Overseas Pensions
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN01457
Looks at why the UK state pension is not uprated in some overseas countries, the debates on this policy and the recent legal challenge.
Freedom of Information: changing the law?
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7400
The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information is reviewing the law on Freedom of Information. Is it fit for purpose? This note looks at the background to the issue, what is proposed and how people have responded.
Size of the House of Lords
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0006
This Library Note provides statistics and background information on the changing size of the House of Lords since the 1992–93 session alongside commentary and debates on the subject of the House’s size over recent years.
Local government in England: structures
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07104
This note contains basic details of the structure of local government (counties, districts and unitary authorities); the electoral system, ward structures, and the franchise; the divisions of functions between local authorities; and the process for changing local government boundaries and structures.
Financial Conduct Authority
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7488
A debate on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is to be held on 1 February 2016. This note provides some background to potential issues which may be raised. Further information can be found in another Library Note (CBP-07234)
HE in England from 2012: Funding and finance
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06206
The Government raised the cap on tuition fees for new student to £9,000 in 2012/13 and cut most ongoing direct public funding for tuition in England. This shifted the balance of higher education funding further away from the state and further towards the individual who benefits. Students can take out publicly subsided student loans to pay these higher fees. There is uncertainty about the final size of this subsidy and the Government’s estimate of it has increased considerably since the reforms were first announced. This also affects the size of any saving in public expenditure and the extent of the shift in costs from the state to the individual beneficiary.
Scotland: Public spending and revenue
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06625
Public spending and taxation in Scotland was a hotly debated issue in the run up to the Scottish independence referendum, and has remained so since. A range of statistics exist on the subject: this note summarises what these say and how they are measured.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 | 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, January 29, 2016 | 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.
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0027
Gender based pricing is the practice of charging a different price for the same consumer goods or services on the basis of gender. Recently, the issue has come to the fore with the publication of research undertaken by the Times, which found price disparities across a wide range of gender-targeted items, with those marketed at women 37 per cent more expensive on average.
Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 | 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.
UK Government policy on abolition of the death penalty
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7489
This Commons Library briefing outlines changes around the Government's policy on abolition of the death penalty, following a campaign saying that the policy has been abandoned.
NHS Winter Pressures 2015/16 - Weekly Update
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07057
Weekly update on NHS winter pressures facing acute hospital trusts in England. Includes data for accident and emergency diverts, bed days lost to Norovirus closures and general and acute bed occupancy.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.