Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: statistics


Published 21/06/2017

This is a purely statistical note on public sector borrowing (the budget deficit), public sector debt and government debt interest payments.

Ballot Bills in the House of Commons since 1997


Published 21/06/2017

This note lists the 20 successful MPs drawn in the Commons ballot for private Members' bills at the start of each parliamentary session since 1997.

Brexit: What next for UK fisheries?


Published 21/06/2017

The implications of Brexit for fisheries are highly uncertain and will depend on future negotiations with the EU and future UK Government policy. The Government announced its intention to introduce a new Fisheries Bill in the 2017 Queen's Speech.

Reforms to Technical Education


Published 21/06/2017

This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of proposals to reform the system of technical education in England, as set out in the 2015 Government's Post-16 Skills Plan and provided for by the Technical and Further Education Act 2017.

Workplace pensions 2017: FAQs for MPs


Published 21/06/2017

This briefing paper looks at some of the FAQs constituents raise with their MPs about workplace pensions.

The 2017 French parliamentary elections


Published 21/06/2017

What next for President Macron's government after his party's emphatic victory in the 2017 parliamentary elections? What will be the impact on the other major parties and France's relations with the UK? This paper looks at the results of the National Assembly elections, how these work and the functioning of the party system in the Assembly. It also looks to the future, including the challenge's for President Macron's government and the other major parties.

Child maintenance: variations, including "unearned income" rules (UK excluding NI)


Published 21/06/2017

This House of Commons Library briefing note sets out the rules on variations, including the grounds for a variation under the “2012 scheme” administered by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), how to request a variation, and sources of further information. From a policy standpoint, it compares the current variations rules to those for the legacy “2003 scheme”, and notes criticism of the changes and parliamentary debate of them.

Child maintenance: how it is calculated under the 2012 CMS scheme (UK excluding NI)


Published 21/06/2017

This House of Commons Library briefing note sets out how the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) calculates the amount of child maintenance payable under the 2012 statutory child maintenance scheme.

Inquests and public inquiries


Published 21/06/2017

This Commons Library briefing paper sets out information about public inquiries, and coroners’ investigations and inquests, and when one type of investigation might be held rather than the other.

Salisbury Convention in a Hung Parliament


Published 20/06/2017

This House of Lords Library briefing describes the background to the Salisbury Convention and considers how it applies when a hung parliament produces a minority or coalition government.