The Spending of the Ministry of Defence


Published 22/02/2018

This debate pack has been compiled ahead of the Estimates Day debate on The Spending of the Ministry of Defence on Monday 26 February 2018.

Westminster Hall debate: Freedom of religion or belief


Published 22/02/2018

A general debate on freedom of religion or belief will take place in Westminster Hall on Thursday 1 March 2018.

The Spending of the Department for Exiting the European Union


Published 22/02/2018

On 26 February 2018 there will be an Estimates Day debate on the spending of the Department for Exiting the EU.

The Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19


Published 22/02/2018

The Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19 makes provision for nuclear safeguards after the UK leaves Euratom. This Briefing Paper discusses the background to and content of the Bill. The Bill passed to the House of Lords without amendment on 23 January 2018. The Lords Committee Stage began on 22 February 2018.

Corporate Governance Reform


Published 22/02/2018

The Government announced nine reforms to corporate governance that it wants to bring into effect by June 2018. This briefing discusses the Government's plans, related work in this area and other proposals.

UK Defence Expenditure


Published 22/02/2018

This paper summarises UK defence expenditure (historic, current, and planned), international comparisons of defence expenditure of NATO Allies, and the financial cost of UK military operations.

Press regulation after Leveson - unfinished business?


Published 22/02/2018

This Library Briefing Paper looks at press regulation after the Leveson report.

Local Government Pension Scheme investments


Published 22/02/2018

Looks at the recent debate on Government changes to regulations and guidance for Local Government Pension Scheme investments: including proposals to increase pooling of investments to reduce costs; and guidance that investment policies should not “be used to give effect to municipal foreign or munitions policies that run contrary to Government policy."

The Horserace Betting Levy


Published 22/02/2018

This Library briefing paper looks at changes to the Horserace Betting Levy.

Contracting out of probation services


Published 22/02/2018

This briefing paper charts the implementation of controversial reforms to the probation service. Most offenders are now supervised by Community Rehabilitation Companies, which are primarily led by private companies. A new public sector National Probation Service manages high risk offenders. So what's the verdict so far?