Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill 2017-19


Published 18/10/2017

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill 2017-19 is a Private Member’s Bill, introduced by Chris Bryant. It would introduce a new offence of assaulting an emergency worker, new sentencing guidance, and new powers to take bodily samples from suspects. This Briefing Paper discusses the background to and content of the Bill.

Carbon Capture and Storage


Published 18/10/2017

A Westminster Hall debate on the "Carbon Capture and Storage" is scheduled for Thursday 19 October 2017 at 1.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Simon Clarke MP.

Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies


Published 18/10/2017

This reading list brings together briefings on Brexit by the Parliamentary libraries and the Devolved Assembly research services with reports by Parliamentary and Devolved Assembly committees following the result of the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.

Brexit timeline: events leading to the UK’s exit from the European Union


Published 18/10/2017

This paper provides a timeline of the major events leading up to the EU referendum and subsequent dates of note, looking ahead to expected events as the UK and EU negotiate Britain’s exit.

The Government's review of defence capability


Published 17/10/2017

This Debate Pack has been prepared for the debate on 'The Government's review of defence capability', to be held in Westminster Hall on Thursday 19 October 2017, from 3:00pm, and initiated by Marcus Fysh MP.

The defence capability review: equipment


Published 17/10/2017

A simple introduction to the front-line equipment of the UK armed forces. The Government is reviewing its defence capabilities.

The Centenary of the Balfour Declaration


Published 17/10/2017

A debate on the ‘Centenary of the Balfour Declaration’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 25 October in Westminster Hall at 2.30pm. The debate has been initiated by Dr Matthew Offord.

UK assistance to affected British Overseas Territories after Hurricanes Irma and Maria


Published 17/10/2017

Members and their staff are receiving a significant number of representations regarding the UK government’s post-Hurricane assistance to affected British Overseas Territories. Worst affected in September were the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Turks and Caicos Islands and Anguilla. This note provides a brief overview of what we know currently about the UK’s assistance effort to date.

Valproate and Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome


Published 17/10/2017

This pack has been produced ahead of the general debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 19 October 2017 on Valproate and Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome. The subject of the debate was nominated by the Backbench Business Committee.

Universal Credit roll-out: Autumn/Winter 2017


Published 17/10/2017

This research paper provides policy information, commentary and statistics on the ongoing roll-out of the Universal Credit Full Service.