Women Members of Parliament: Background Paper


Published 09/05/2018

This briefing paper provides a list of all the women who have ever been elected to the House of Commons.

House of Lords: Largest Votes Recorded


Published 09/05/2018

This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information about the largest votes that have taken place in the House of Lords.

Compensation for victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism


Published 09/05/2018

A Backbench Business debate on Compensation for victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism is scheduled for Thursday 10 May 2018. The Member leading the debate is Laurence Robertson MP.

Relocation of Channel 4


Published 09/05/2018

A Westminster Hall debate on the Relocation of Channel 4 is scheduled for Thursday 10 May 2018 at 3.00pm. The Member leading the debate is Stewart Malcolm McDonald MP.

Main Estimates: Government spending plans for 2018-19


Published 08/05/2018

This briefing discusses Parliament's approval of the Government's spending plans. It includes a summary of each government department's spending plans for 2018/19.

Brexit debates 2018


Published 08/05/2018

This paper provides links to a selection of debates that have referenced Brexit in the title or during a debate in 2018. This paper will be updated periodically.

Gypsies and Travellers


Published 08/05/2018

This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the key issues and policies relating to Gypsy and Traveller communities in England. The paper examines a range of issues including: inequalities, racial discrimination, accommodation needs, illegal encampments, health and education outcomes, employment rates, welfare reform and evidence of over-representation in the criminal justice system.

Taxation of termination payments


Published 08/05/2018

In the 2017 Budget the Government confirmed that it would introduce legislation to amend the tax treatment of termination payments. Provision to this effect is made by s5 of the Finance (No.2) Act 2017. This note discusses the background to this reform.

A guide to the EU budget


Published 08/05/2018

This note considers the EU's spending and how it is financed.

Income tax allowances for married couples


Published 04/05/2018

In general married couples are taxed as individuals, though a minority of older couples & civil partners may still claim a 'married couple's allowance'. Since 6 April 2015 individuals have been entitled to transfer part of their personal tax allowance to their spouse or civil partner, if neither they nor their partner are higher rate taxpayers.