Communicating Risk


Published 13/11/2017

People's responses to risk are shaped by the way that such risks are communicated. Communicating risks effectively can defuse concerns, mitigate disaster situations and build trust with public institutions and organisations. This POSTnote defines the often misunderstood concepts of risk, uncertainty and hazard and describes the key stakeholders communicating it. It examines the factors that shape how people perceive and respond to such risks and summarises evidence on effective risk communication strategies.

Brexit and the environment


Published 13/11/2017

A House of Commons Library Briefing paper discussing current environmental law and policy in the UK and in the devolved nations; preparations for Brexit and potential impacts of Brexit; and the possibility of a tailored UK approach to the environment in the future. The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is also discussed in the context of environmental matters, and REACH information is provided as an illustrative case study.

Defence aerospace industrial strategy


Published 13/11/2017

A debate on ‘Defence aerospace industrial strategy’ has been scheduled for Thursday 16 November 2017 in the Main Chamber. The debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee after a representation from Ruth Smeeth MP and Robert Courts MP.

Northern Ireland Budget Bill


Published 13/11/2017

The House of Commons is scheduled to take all stages of the Northern Ireland Budget Bill 2017-19 on 13 November 2017. This Paper looks at the background surrounding the absence of an Executive in Northern Ireland, and at the Bill itself.

Effect of loneliness on local communities


Published 13/11/2017

On the 15 November 2017, at 4:30pm, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on the effect of loneliness on local communities. The debate is sponsored by Rachel Reeves MP.

International Men's Day


Published 13/11/2017

On 14 November 2017, at 9:30am, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on International Men's Day. The debate is sponsored by Jeremy Lefroy MP and is due to last for 90 minutes.

Brexit: the exit bill


Published 13/11/2017

When the UK leaves the EU it is expected to make a contribution towards the EU’s outstanding financial commitments – spending that was agreed while the UK was a member. The media have labelled this as an ‘exit bill’ or ‘divorce bill’, the EU see it as a matter of ‘settling the accounts’. The issue is being discussed in the first phase of Brexit negotiations under the title of the ‘single financial settlement’ (the settlement).

Effect of taxes on small businesses


Published 13/11/2017

A Westminster Hall debate on the "Effect of taxes on small businesses" was held Wednesday 18 October 2017 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate was Derek Thomas MP.

Taxation of beer and pubs sector


Published 13/11/2017

A Westminster Hall debate on "Taxation of the beer and pubs sector" was held on Tuesday October 31 2017. The Member leading the debate was Mike Wood MP.

General debate on HMRC closures


Published 13/11/2017

There was a general debate on HMRC Closures in Westminster Hall on Thursday 2 November 2017. The subject of the debate was nominated by the Backbench Business Committee. The debate was opened by Stuart McDonald MP.