Passenger rail services in England


Published 18/08/2017

This paper explains how passenger rail services are provided in England and the policies of successive governments towards rail franchising. It also looks at those proposals which have been put forward for further reform – specifically more partnership working, competition, public ownership and devolution.

Brexit and state pensions


Published 18/08/2017

This Commons Library briefing looks at EU law providing for the co-ordination of State Pension entitlement and the possible impact of Brexit

Military aid to the Civil Authorities


Published 18/08/2017

When can the armed forces be deployed in the UK? This Commons Library briefing paper looks at Military Aid to the Civil Authorities

Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages


Published 18/08/2017

This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill [HL] on 8 September 2017.

Children: surrogacy, and single people and parental orders (UK)


Published 17/08/2017

This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers surrogacy and parental orders, in particular the current position for single people who are unable to obtain such an order.

Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages


Published 17/08/2017

This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill [HL].

Statistics on UK-EU trade


Published 17/08/2017

This note provides some basic statistics on the UK's trade with the EU.

Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators


Published 17/08/2017

Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators


Published 17/08/2017

UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.

The Royal Prerogative


Published 17/08/2017

This briefing paper sets out the constitutional basis to the Royal Prerogative, describes general prerogative powers and the Crown's personal prerogative powers. It then sets out recent proposals for reform, and the case law that has led to the current understanding of the prerogative.