Brexit: the August negotiations


Published 06/09/2017

What happened in the third round of Brexit negotiations from 28 to 31 August? Was any progress made in the contentious areas of citizens' rights for EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU after Brexit? And has the UK agreed to pay the 'divorce bill' demanded by the EU? And could the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland remain open and flexible after Brexit? The talks did not resolve these issues, but some aspects were agreed. Will this be enough to allow a move to phase two of the negotiations in October?

Queen's Speech - proposers and seconders of the Loyal Address since 1900


Published 06/09/2017

The task of proposing and seconding the motion on the Loyal Address is regarded as an honour and is given to two government backbenchers.

Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators


Published 05/09/2017

Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.

Service industries: Key Economic Indicators


Published 05/09/2017

Service industries: Data for the sector that incorporates the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.

Economic Indicators, September 2017


Published 05/09/2017

Analysis of the latest UK and international economic indicators

House of Lords: Lords Spiritual


Published 04/09/2017

This House of Lords Library briefing looks at the role of the Lords Spiritual in the House of Lords. The membership of the House of Lords includes 26 Church of England Archbishops and Bishops who sit on an ex officio basis as ‘Lords Spiritual’. Their right to sit and vote in the House having been established by ancient usage and by statute. They currently comprise around 3 percent of the total membership.

The legal and regulatory framework for UK arms exports


Published 04/09/2017

This briefing provides an overview of the development of the legal and regulatory framework for UK arms exports since 1997. It also describes the main changes to this regulatory framework under the 2015-17 Conservative Government. During the last parliament there was also controversy over the use of UK-manufactured arms by Saudi Arabia in Yemen. As the current parliament gets down to work, there are potential uncertainties about the implications of Brexit for this area of policy.

English Baccalaureate


Published 04/09/2017

This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the history and purpose of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), and the Government's plans following the publication of its response to a consultation on the EBacc in July 2017

Parliamentary Private Secretaries


Published 04/09/2017

This Commons Library Briefing Paper sets out the role of Parliamentary Private Secretaries, including their functions and the limitations placed on them.

Ministers in the House of Lords


Published 04/09/2017

This Commons Library briefing paper sets out the number of ministers in the House of Lords over recent years. It considers briefly the accountability arrangements for Cabinet Ministers in the Lords and it looks at the appointment of ‘outside’ ministerial appointments.