Decarbonising the Gas Network


Published 15/11/2017

The burning of natural gas for heating contributes 14% of the UK’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Decarbonising, or reducing the carbon content of the UK gas supply is one option for reducing the emissions from heating. This POSTnote looks at the contribution that two alternative gases, hydrogen and biomethane, could make in achieving this goal.

Environmental Earth Observation


Published 15/11/2017

Earth observation (EO) is the process of gathering information about the Earth from a range of sensors to provide monitoring data at a range of scales. This POSTnote outlines some of the environmental uses and benefits of EO data, the potential opportunities from advances in relevant technologies and challenges facing the effective use of EO data.

Antimicrobial resistance


Published 15/11/2017

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a significant and increasing threat to public health globally. It is estimated that in the US and Europe alone, antimicrobial-resistant infections currently cause at least 50,000 deaths per year with hundreds of thousands more dying in other areas of the world.

World Antibiotics Awareness Week


Published 15/11/2017

This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Thursday 16 November 2016 from 1.30-3.30pm on World Antibiotics Awareness Week. The subject for the debate has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee and the debate will be opened by Julian Sturdy MP.

General Debate on the Department for Work and Pensions support for care leavers


Published 15/11/2017

This Commons Library Debate Pack briefing has been prepared for a General Debate on the Department for Work and Pensions’ support for care leavers which will take place at 3pm on Thursday 16 November 2017. This debate was agreed by the Backbench Business Committee and will take place in Westminster Hall.

Universal Credit roll-out: Autumn/Winter 2017


Published 15/11/2017

Universal Credit aims to replace six working-age benefits. The Government is now rolling out the Full Service, under which everyone eligible can claim UC no matter their circumstances. Once the Full Service is launched in an area both the number and range of people claiming UC is likely to grow quickly. At the end of September 2017 there were 101 jobcentres running the Full Service. Between October 2017 and January 2018, 134 more jobcentres will launch the Full Service. That will add 150,000 more people to the UC caseload – a 25% increase, and an overall rise from 8% to 10% of the final 7 million people expected to be eligible.



Published 15/11/2017

A Commons Library briefing paper on EURATOM, the European Atomic Energy Community.

Family justice reform


Published 14/11/2017

A Westminster Hall debate on Family justice reform is scheduled for Wednesday 15 November 2017 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Suella Fernandes MP.

UK's role in degradation of the marine environment


Published 14/11/2017

MPs will debate the UK's role in degradation of the marine environment from 2.30 to 4pm on Tuesday 14 November 2017. The debate will take place in Westminster Hall and be led by Barry Sheerman MP.

The Paradise Papers


Published 14/11/2017

On Tuesday 14 November the House is scheduled to debate the 'Paradise Papers', a large tranche of material gathered by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, leaked from two offshore service providers and 19 tax havens' company registries. Details of the financial holdings of both wealthy individuals and multinational enterprises has been reported by the BBC, the Guardian, and other media organisations that are part of the consortium, reiterating public concerns as to the scale of tax avoidance and evasion, and the ability of offshore jurisdictions to facilitate these activities. This note gives some background on this issue.