Prison Reform: Recent Developments


Published 23/06/2017

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.

Syria and Iraq: update June 2017


Published 23/06/2017

The campaign for Mosul is making good progress and the re-conquest of Raqqah from ISIS is beginning. The Assad government looks as if it is here to stay, however.

Debate on the Address: Brexit and Foreign Affairs


Published 23/06/2017

This pack has been prepared ahead of the Debate on the Address to be held in the Commons Chamber on Monday 26th June 2017 on Brexit and Foreign Affairs.

Hepatitis C: Statistics and Developments


Published 23/06/2017

This House of Lords Library briefing provides a summary of recent statistics and developments in tackling the spread of hepatitis C virus in the UK, and globally.

The Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill


Published 23/06/2017

The Queen’s Speech 2017 announced plans for an Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill. This short paper looks at what we know so far about the Bill. The Library will produce a full briefing paper on the Bill for its Second Reading in the House of Commons.

Grenfell Tower fire: Response and tackling fire risk in high rise blocks


Published 22/06/2017

Following the fire at Grenfell Tower, this paper sets out the events and commentary around the fire, the relevant building regulations, fire safety laws and housing standards, the Government response to the fire, the responsibilities around re-housing, and previous concerns raised with fire regulations.

Social care: Government reviews and policy proposals for paying for care since 1997 (England)


Published 22/06/2017

This House of Commons Library briefing considers the policy proposals of successive Governments since 1997 for how individuals should pay for their social care.

Child maintenance: enforcing payment of arrears (UK excluding NI)


Published 22/06/2017

This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at what steps can be taken by the Child Support Agency (CSA) and the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) when a non-resident parent (also referred to as a “paying parent”) fails to pay child maintenance on time and in full, and that as a consequence arrears build up.

State Opening of Parliament: Postponements


Published 22/06/2017

This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on occasions on which the State Opening of Parliament has been postponed.

Parliamentary Sessions: Years Without a Queen's Speech


Published 22/06/2017

This House of Lords Library briefing provides statistics on sessions since 1900 that have lasted for more than 12 months and lists the years in which there has been no Queen’s/King’s Speech. It also sets out how the length of a session is established.