The House of Commons Library serves MPs by providing them with briefing packs relevant to upcoming Commons’ debates. Today’s briefing pack raised a ‘smile’!
First we learn: ‘On Monday 16 May 2022, there will be a debate in the Commons chamber, linked to the Queen’s Speech. The proposed subject for this debate is “Making Britain the best place to grow up and grow old”. ‘
Then helpfully MPs are informed: ‘The following existing House of Commons Library briefing papers provide background for the debate’.
The list of existing papers is reproduced below. Note anything in particular about the briefing papers for MPs preparatory to this debate ‘on Britain’?
– ‘March 2022 schools white paper (England) – relevant to the planned Schools Bill, and proposals to move to a fully academy trust-led system’
– ‘School funding in England – information on the National Funding Formula (NFF) for schools and the planned completion of reforms in this area’
– ‘Home Education in England – information on the current legislative framework and Government plans to introduce compulsory registers of children not in school’
– ‘The Post-18 Education and Funding Review: Government conclusion – relevant to the planned Higher Education Bill’: this links to a briefing with this ‘The Government has concluded its review of post-18 education and funding and announced changes to England’s student finance system.’
– ‘The white paper on reforming the Mental Health Act – background for the planned Draft Mental Health Act Reform Bill’: this links to a briefing with this: ‘The Government’s White Paper on Reforming the Mental Health Act, published on 13 January 2021, contains wide-ranging proposals to reform the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended in 2007) in England and Wales.’
– ‘Proposed reforms to adult social care (including cap on care costs)’: this links to a report with ‘In September 2021, the Government set out plans to reform adult social care in England’.