Media ownership: the 21st Century Fox/Sky merger


Published 22/06/2017

This Library briefing paper looks at the proposed merger of 21st Century Fox and Sky plc.

Brexit: red lines and starting principles


Published 22/06/2017

What has the UK Government said about its strategy for the Brexit negotiations? The Prime Minister and the Brexit Secretary have set out their views in speeches and white papers, and now the EU institutions have set out theirs. They often coincide, but there are areas that could be difficult to resolve. This paper summarises the starting points of the UK and the EU institutions at the beginning of the Article 50 process.

The Teaching Excellence Framework for higher education (TEF)


Published 22/06/2017

The Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF) will reward higher education institutions (HEIs) with high quality teaching. From 2016 HEIs will be able to apply to be assessed and those judged to have high quality teaching will be allowed to increase their tuition fees in line with inflation.

Brexit and data protection


Published 22/06/2017

This Library Briefing Paper looks at the reform of EU data protection law and what might happen after Brexit.

Local Authority Homelessness Statistics (England)


Published 22/06/2017

This tool allows you to view collected homelessness statistics for individual local authorities in England.

Regional and National Economic Indicators


Published 22/06/2017

Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK

The 5p Plastic Bag Charge


Published 22/06/2017

This Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the single use carrier bag charge in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, examines the legal basis for the charge, the exemptions and what will be done with the proceeds of the charge. It also examines the impact of the charges to date.

Motability scheme


Published 22/06/2017

This paper explains what the Motability scheme is and how it operates, including changes to eligibility for the scheme as a result of PIP.

Proscribed Terrorist Organisations


Published 22/06/2017

Proscription has been put forward as a powerful deterrent, a way of tackling lower-level support for terrorism, and a signal of rejection by society. However, questions have been raised as to its utility in combating terrorism. This paper sets out the grounds for proscription, the related offences under the Terrorism Act 2000, and some of the issues relating to the deproscription process.

Student loan statistics


Published 21/06/2017

Student loans are the main method of direct government support for higher education students. More than £13 billion is loaned to students each year, this is expected to grow rapidly and reach around £330 billion (2014-15 prices) by the middle of this century. The expansion of loans has raised questions about graduate repayments and ultimately the cost of the system to the taxpayer