Chairs of Commons select committees since 2010


Published 05/12/2017

House of Commons select committees chairs since the 2010 general election.

Service industries: Key Economic Indicators


Published 05/12/2017

Service industries: Data for the sector that incorporates the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.

"No-fault divorce"


Published 05/12/2017

This Commons Library briefing paper considers the current basis for divorce and arguments for and against the introduction of "no-fault" divorce.

Debt enforcement


Published 05/12/2017

This Commons briefing paper provides an overview of the different types of debt enforcement methods available to a judgment creditor.

Russian interference in UK politics and society


Published 05/12/2017

A debate on ‘Russian interference in UK politics and society’ has been scheduled for Thursday 21 December 2017 in the Main Chamber. The debate has been initiated by the Backbench Business Committee after a representation from Tom Brake, Sir Peter Bottomley, Jo Swinson and Stephen Kinnock MP.

Economic Indicators, December 2017


Published 05/12/2017

Analysis of the latest key UK and international economic indicators.

Exiting the EU: sectoral impact assessments


Published 05/12/2017

On 1 November 2017 the House of Commons resolved that the so-called "Brexit Impact Assessments" should be provided to the Committee on Exiting the EU. This short briefing paper sets out the background to the debate and the Government's response to the resolution.

Prison Reform: Recent Developments


Published 05/12/2017

A white paper Prison Safety and Reform was published in November 2016 setting out government proposals. A bill followed but did not complete its passage through Parliament due to the calling of a general election. No prisons legislation was announced in the 2017 Queen's Speech. The Justice Secretary has said work on prison reform will continue.

Safety in prisons in England and Wales


Published 05/12/2017

From 2012 there has been a decline in prison safety. The Justice Committee has described a rapid and ongoing deterioration. Chief Inspectors of Prisons, the Prison and Probation Ombudsman and interested organisations have expressed concern. The Government has acknowledged the decline and committed to additional funding to recruit more staff. A white paper, Prison Safety and Reform, was published in November 2016 and included measures to address the use of new psychoactive substances, mobile phones and drones.

UK Fifth Carbon Budget


Published 04/12/2017

A House of Commons Library Briefing Paper on the UK Fifth Carbon Budget, including information on the Climate Change Act 2008, the Committee on Climate Change's proposals and the Government's Clean Growth Strategy. Information on progress against carbon budgets is also provided.