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Leasehold and commonhold reform

CBP-8047

Published 13/07/2018

This Commons Library briefing paper considers recent trends in leasehold ownership and ongoing problems associated with the sector. The Government set out some proposals for reform on 21 December 2017. The Law Commission is now working towards the development of additional proposals for publication before the summer recess 2018.

UK Defence Expenditure

CBP-8175

Published 13/07/2018

This paper summarises UK defence expenditure (historic, current, and planned), international comparisons of defence expenditure of NATO Allies, and the financial cost of UK military operations.

Progress on protecting victims of domestic abuse in the family courts

CDP-2018-0180

Published 13/07/2018

A Westminster Hall debate on Progress on protecting victims of domestic abuse in the family courts is scheduled for Wednesday 18 July 2018 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Jess Phillips MP.

Russia and the Council of Europe

CDP-2018-0179

Published 13/07/2018

A Westminster Hall debate on ‘Russia and the Council of Europe’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 18 July 2018 from 9.30am to 11.00am. The debate has been initiated by John Howell MP.

Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) (Sibling Couples) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages

LLN-2018-0081

Published 13/07/2018

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) (Sibling Couples) Bill [HL] on 20 July 2018.

Government policy on visas for non-EEA workers on inshore fishing vessels

CDP-2018-0184

Published 13/07/2018

A Westminster Hall debate entitled "Government policy on visas for non-EEA workers on inshore fishing vessels" is scheduled for Tuesday 17 July at 9.30am. The Member leading the debate is Douglas Ross MP.

Referendums and Parliamentary Democracy

LLN-2018-0080

Published 13/07/2018

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the 19 July 2018 debate on the impact on parliamentary democracy in the United Kingdom of the use of referendums.

Brexit: Customs and Regulatory Arrangements

CBP-8309

Published 13/07/2018

This paper considers the proposals the UK Government has made to satisfy the simultaneous objectives to leave the EU Customs Union, but have a cooperative ‘customs arrangement’ following Brexit; and to leave the Single Market, but maintain trade that is ‘as frictionless as possible’ following Brexit. These proposals have to navigate the EU’s ‘red lines’, primarily the ones that preclude sectoral agreements (or ‘cherry-picking’), and that guarantee an invisible land border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

The Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill

CBP-8242

Published 13/07/2018

The Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill had its First Reading on 26 February 2018. The Bill passed the House of Commons stages without amendments. During the scrutiny by the House of Lords, the Bill was amended. The Commons are due to consider the Lords’ amendment on 18 July 2018. The Bill aims to impose a temporary, absolute cap on the price of standard variable and default electricity and gas tariffs.

Employment tribunals after R (Unison) v Lord Chancellor

CBP-8296

Published 12/07/2018

This briefing discusses some of the consequences, for employment tribunals, of the Supreme Court's decision in R (Unison) v Lord Chancellor