A Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons


Published 10/10/2017

A Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted in the UN on 7 July 2017. It is the first multilateral, legally-binding, instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years. However, none of the nuclear weapon states participated in those discussions and have declared their intention not to sign and ratify the new treaty. The lack of engagement by the nuclear weapon states raises the question of what this treaty can then realistically achieve?

Brexit and data protection


Published 10/10/2017

This Library Briefing Paper looks at data protection and what might happen after Brexit.

Children: Introduction of 30 hours of free childcare in September 2017 (England)


Published 10/10/2017

This House of Commons Library briefing paper is about the 30 hours of free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds in England which is now available. The eligibility criteria, planning for its introduction in September 2017, funding, the ability and willingness of the childcare market to deliver the policy and early findings are considered.

Nuclear Weapons - Country Comparisons


Published 09/10/2017

There are nine countries in the world that have nuclear weapons. Between them they possess an estimated 15,000 nuclear warheads. This paper is intended as a brief guide to which countries possess nuclear weapons and how they are seeking to either modernise or expand those capabilities. It is also part of a wider Library briefing series on nuclear weapons.

Brexit: trade aspects


Published 09/10/2017

This paper looks at possible options for the UK's trading relationships with the EU after Brexit. The paper has been updated to include a new chapter on trade with non-EU countries.

The UK's contribution to the EU budget


Published 09/10/2017

This note considers how much the UK contributes to the EU budget and how much it receives back. Potential payments to the EU on or after Brexit - such as the exit bill - are also discussed.

Availability and Affordability of Housing


Published 09/10/2017

This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in advance of the debate on 12 October 2017 in the House of Lords on the availability and affordability of housing.

Reconfiguration of NHS services (England)


Published 09/10/2017

House of Commons Library briefing on reconfiguration of NHS services, including recent policy developments, information on consultation and scrutiny powers, and drivers of major service changes.

Baby Loss Awareness Week


Published 09/10/2017

This pack has been produced ahead of the general debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Tuesday 10 October 2017 on Baby Loss Awareness Week.

Royal Mail delivery office closures


Published 09/10/2017

A Westminster Hall debate on Royal Mail delivery office closures is scheduled for Wednesday 11 October. The Member leading the debate is Helen Hayes MP.