EU Referendum: Impact on UK agriculture policy
Published Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7602
Most farming organisations are taking a 'remain' or neutral position ahead of the EU Referendum on the grounds that there is too much uncertainty around a potential UK approach to farming outside the EU and its Common Agricultural Policy. However, others are starting to set out what a new approach to UK agriculture, outside the EU, might look like.
Reading list on UK-EU relations 2013-16: reform, renegotiation, withdrawal
Published Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7220
The Commons Library has compiled a selection of books, journal and press articles, think tank, parliamentary and library publications relevant to the UK's renegotiation of its membership of the European Union. This reading list accompanies a series of Commons Library briefing papers on the EU reform proposals and negotiations by the UK, and a possible EU exit.
Productivity in the UK
Published Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06492
The briefing provides latest statistics on UK productivity including breakdowns by sector and region/country of the UK. It also explains why productivity is important to growth, the public finances and living standards, analyses whether the stagnation in productivity is temporary or permanent and outlines the Government's productivity plan. International comparisons are also included.
EU Referendum: analysis of the UK's new EU Settlement
Published Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7524
This Commons Library briefing looks at the new Settlement for the United Kingdom within the European Union agreed at the European Council on 17-19 February 2016. The Settlement consists of seven texts: a Decision and a Statement of Heads of State or Government and five Declarations.
Topics: Central government, Economic and monetary union, Economic situation, EU budget, EU enlargement, EU external relations, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, EU political integration, Europe, Financial institutions, Financial services, International economic relations, Parliament
Published Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN01403
This Commons Library briefing paper analyses asylum statistics and trends in the UK and other EU countries. Statistics on asylums seekers and refugees in the UK are published by the Home Office and contain data on the number of people applying for asylum and the outcomes of asylum applications.
Statistics on asylum seekers and refugees in European Union countries are published in the Home Office bulletin and by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Published Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06077
This Commons Library briefing paper is a guide to understanding UK migration statistics, explaining the concepts and methods used in measuring migration and setting out a range of data on migration in the UK and in European Union countries.
Yemen at war
Published Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7184
The conflict in Yemen is causing massive suffering to Yemenis. It has recently ground to a halt, with neither side able to achieve decisive gains, but a political settlement remains elusive. Questions have been raised about the use of UK-supplied armaments.
A new victims' law in England and Wales?
Published Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07139
There have been many calls for reform of the law on victims' rights in England and Wales. This Briefing Paper looks at how the Victims' Code has developed; funding and commissioning of services; and proposals for new legislation from the main parties and others.
Battle of Jutland: 100 Years Anniversary
Published Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0029
This House of Lords briefing provides an overview of the Battle of Jutland, the only major naval battle of the First World War. The battle started on the afternoon of 31 May 1916, and lasted until the early hours of 1 June 1916. It was the only time that the German High Seas Fleet and the British Grand Fleet confronted each other. The briefing has been prepared to mark the centenary of the battle, and also provides information on the series of commemorative events that have been planned.
Poverty in the UK: statistics
Published Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07096
This note sets out information on the levels and rates of poverty in the UK, including historical trends and forecasts for future years.
Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, May 26, 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.
Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
Microbeads and microplastics in cosmetic and personal care products
Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7510
This briefing paper is concerned with the use of microplastics and microbeads, which are small plastic pieces, in a variety of cosmetic and personal care products. It discusses their possible impacts on the environment and human health. It outlines the steps being taken to phase-out microplastics in cosmetic and personal care products, and provides information on legislative bans.
Planning for Housing
Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03741
It is Government policy to encourage more house building within the planning system. This note sets out how local authorities are directed to plan for housing, concern about unplanned developments, as well as the Government's proposals for reform.
BBC Charter renewal
Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03416
The current BBC Charter expires at the end of 2016. Negotiations are underway for its renewal. What is the process and what happened when it was last renewed?
Addressing Islamic Extremism
Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0526
In the UK, groups that hold extreme views have included nationalists, the far right, and more recently Islamic extremists. Government policy has mainly focused on the latter although the Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill, announced in the Queen's Speech and due to be introduced this year, covers most types. This POSTnote looks at Islamic extremism, radicalisation and deradicalisation, and the policy responses to violent and non-violent extremism.