Knife crime statistics


Published 21/06/2017

This briefing paper summarises the available statistics relating to knife crime. Knife crime is a persistent and worrying concern, especially as it impacts particularly upon young people and the disadvantaged, and various remedies have been tried over the years.

Occupational pension increases


Published 21/06/2017

Looks at the requirements on private sector Defined Benefit occupational pension schemes to index and revalue pension benefits and recent debates - including the 2016 consultation on the British Steel Pension Scheme and the 2017 Defined Benefit Pension Scheme Green Paper

The Pensions Regulator: Powers to protect pension benefits


Published 21/06/2017

Looks at the Pensions Regulator's powers to protect pension scheme benefits.



Published 21/06/2017

This Commons Library briefing paper deals with when polygamous marriages might be legally recognised; immigration issues; social security benefits and pension entitlement.

Hung parliaments


Published 21/06/2017

This paper sets out situations where there has been no overall control in the House of Commons since the beginning of the twentieth century.

Public Finances: Key Economic Indicators


Published 21/06/2017

Latest data on government net borrowing and net debt.

Fly-tipping - the illegal dumping of waste


Published 21/06/2017

This Commons Library briefing paper gives a general overview of the extent of the problem of fly-tipping and the powers and responsibilities of the Environment Agency, local authorities and landowners to deal with it. In 2013/14 there was a significant increase in reported cases of fly-tipping across England and incidents increased again in following years.

Domestic violence in England and Wales


Published 21/06/2017

The Queen's Speech 2017 promises a draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, and measures in the Courts Bill to deal with suspects cross examining victims. This Briefing Paper looks at the background.

Recent policy developments: Grammar schools in England


Published 21/06/2017

This Commons Library briefing paper provides an outline of the current position relating to grammar schools and proposed Government reforms. It covers England only. The paper also outlines recent support and opposition to the establishment of new grammar schools, and research on their impact.

Pre-nuptial agreements


Published 21/06/2017

This Commons Library briefing paper considers the current status of pre-nuptial agreements and proposals for reform.