E-petition 200585 relating to childcare vouchers


Published 15/12/2017

On 15 January 2018, there will be a debate on e-petition 200585, relating to childcare vouchers. The debate will take place in Westminster Hall at 4:30pm.

School Holidays (Meals and Activities) Bill - 2nd reading


Published 15/12/2017

There will be a second reading debate on the School Holidays (Meals and Activities) Bill, which is sponsored by Rt Hon Frank Field MP. It is scheduled to take place in the Commons Chamber on Friday 19th January 2017.

Global Effects of Climate Change on Health


Published 14/12/2017

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 21 December 2017 on the following motion tabled by Baroness Walmsley (Liberal Democrat): "to move that this House takes note of the global effects of climate change on health".

Sport participation in England


Published 14/12/2017

This briefing provides statistics about participation in sport by intensity, type, and socio-economic characteristics in England.

Social mobility in Wales


Published 14/12/2017

This debate pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on Social Mobility in Wales, to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 19 December at 2.30PM. This debate will be led by Chris Elmore MP.

Animal Sentience and Brexit


Published 14/12/2017

An overview of animal sentience and the Government proposal to transfer recognition of animal sentience into UK legislation after Brexit

Tax avoidance: recent developments


Published 14/12/2017

In recent years concerns as to the scale of mass marketed tax avoidance schemes have led to three major initiatives to undermine this market, and encourage a sea change in attitudes, both in the accountancy industry and its customers: the Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes regime (DOTAS); the General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR); and the system of follower notices & accelerated payments. Following these initiatives the Government has continued to introduce provisions to tackle both tax avoidance and tax evasion, including measures in both the Spring & Autumn Budgets this year. This note provides an introduction to the issue of tax avoidance, looking in detail at the development of follower notices and accelerated payments, before discussing the current Government’s approach.

Postal services


Published 14/12/2017

This note gives an overview of postal services in the UK. It discusses current regulation, market trends and consumer problems.

Taxi and private hire vehicle licensing in England


Published 14/12/2017

This paper sets out the licensing arrangements for taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs), drivers and operators in England and the enforcement of those licences. It also looks at some of the most significant reports into the future of the taxi and PHV industries in recent years and issues currently of concern to the industry and licensing authorities such as capping licence numbers, cross-border working, accessibility and disruptive technology.

Small claims for personal injuries including whiplash


Published 14/12/2017

This Commons Library briefing paper considers the Government's proposals to reform the whiplash claims process and to increase the small claims track limit for personal injury claims