Air Pollution: Meeting Nitrogen Dioxide Targets


Published 13/12/2017

Despite falling UK emissions of air pollutants, concerns remain about pollutants in urban areas in particular; their impacts on lifelong health; and the UK Government’s failure to meet legally binding EU air quality targets

People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, November 2017


Published 13/12/2017

This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.

Childcare for fostered children


Published 12/12/2017

This House of Commons Library landing page has been prepared in anticipation of a debate entitled "Childcare for fostered children". This debate will be led by Lisa Nandy MP and will take place in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm on Tuesday 19th December 2017.

Egypt since the mosque attack


Published 12/12/2017

Situation in Ukraine


Published 12/12/2017

Debate Pack for the Westminster Hall debate on the 'Situation in Ukraine'.

Armed Forces accommodation allowance exemption


Published 12/12/2017

In the Autumn Budget 2017 the Government announced that it would introduce an income tax and NICs exemption for certain allowances paid to Armed Forces personnel for renting or maintaining accommodation in the UK private market. Provision to this effect is included in the Finance (No.2) Bill 2017.

Work Capability Assessments


Published 12/12/2017

This House of Commons Library debate pack briefing has been prepared for a debate entitled "Work Capability Assessments". It will take place in Westminster Hall at 2.30pm on Wednesday 13th December 2017 and will be led by David Linden MP.

EU Defence: the realisation of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)


Published 12/12/2017

On 13 November 2017, 23 EU Member States submitted a Joint Notification to the EU Council of Ministers setting out their intention to utilise the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) mechanism to further European defence (CSDP). Ireland and Portugal notified the Council of Ministers of their intention to join in early December and a Decision formally launching PESCO was adopted on 11 December 2017. The first capability projects are expected to be launched in early 2018. The UK did not sign the Joint Notification and will, therefore, remain outside of PESCO. In doing so, the UK will have no decision making rights over its governance or veto over its future strategic direction.

The Pupil Premium


Published 12/12/2017

This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of policy on the Pupil Premium since its introduction in 2011, including funding levels, eligibility criteria, and accountability.

UK steel industry: statistics and policy


Published 12/12/2017

The steel industry: statistical summary of the UK and international industry; analysis of current prospects; summary of Government policy; timeline of events.