Trade: Key Economic Indicators


Published 13/10/2017

Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.

GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators


Published 13/10/2017

GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.

Unemployment - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators


Published 13/10/2017

Unemployment: International Comparisons: Data on harmonised unemployment rates for major international economies.

Badgers: Culls in England


Published 12/10/2017

The UK Government is committed to eradicating bovine TB and takes the view that badger culling in areas with high incidence of TB in cattle in England is an effective part of this strategy. Controlled shooting of badgers was trialed in Gloucestershire and Somerset in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, a badger cull continued in these two areas and was extended to a third area in Dorset. In 2016 the cull was extended to seven new areas, and 11 more added in 2017.

Battle of Passchendaele: Centenary Commemorations


Published 12/10/2017

This Lords Library briefing provides information on the Battle of Passchendaele and events held to commemorate it ahead of a debate in the House of Lords on 19 October 2017.

Student loan interest rates FAQs


Published 12/10/2017

This House of Commons briefing paper answers frequently asked questions on student loan interest rates.

E-petition 170931 relating to the TV Licence fee


Published 12/10/2017

A Westminster Hall debate on E-petition 170931 relating to the TV Licence fee is scheduled for Monday 20 November 2017. The Member leading the debate is Helen Jones MP, Chair of the Petitions Committee.

Making Tax Digital


Published 12/10/2017

In December 2015 HM Revenue & Customs published Making Tax Digital - its strategy to implement a new system of digital tax accounts to be used by businesses, the self-employed and landlords. Following a consultation exercise last year, in July 2017 the Government confirmed its plans to roll-out digital tax returns, but with an amended timetable in light of concerns about the potential impact on businesses. This paper discusses the background to this reform.

Media ownership: the 21st Century Fox/Sky merger


Published 11/10/2017

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

Council Services: Resourcing in Two-Tier Areas


Published 11/10/2017

This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 19 October 2017 in the House of Lords on the resourcing of district council services in two-tier areas.