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The security of UK food supply is a key priority for the Government, particularly in light of the UK’s forthcoming withdrawal from the EU. This note outlines current UK trade in food and animal feed, examines the challenges raised to the security of UK food supply by withdrawal from the EU and analyses the policy options available for improving UK food security.
Read the full POSTnote here: http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0556
Agricultural practices can reduce water quality, degrade soils and cause biodiversity loss. This in turn can disrupt natural processes that support food production. Environmentally sustainable agriculture seeks to reduce environmental damage and restore such processes. This POSTnote summarises associated land management options, agricultural policies and the constraints imposed by a new trading environment.
Read the full POSTnote here: http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0557
Players wanted for successful Football Club in South London
Westminster Wanderers are an established and successful Sunday League Football Club playing in and around Wandsworth and Merton. We are looking for new players for the 2017-18 season.
We were born out of the Conservative Central Office side of the 1990s but now have Labour, Liberal and Tory staffers on the side as well as parliamentary researchers, civil servants and PR and PA professionals.
We welcome new players and the growth of the club in a few years is because we are well organised and attract and retain good players.
We play in the Southern Sunday Football League. Our three league teams play to a high standard, train regularly and our home ground is on Tooting Common. We play friendly fixtures and train throughout the year in Battersea Park.
If you are a committed player who wants to be part of a successful club then please contact the Club Chairman Alex Aiken at email@example.com.
The club will be running training sessions during July and August on Tuesday and Thursday nights and plays 8aside on Monday evenings. New players are welcome to come to any of these sessions.
Internet search engines and social media platforms are an increasingly popular way of accessing news and information. In 2017, the proportion of UK adults consuming news online exceeded those who watched news on TV (74% versus 69%). This note considers how people access news online, how algorithms (sequences of instructions) and social networks influence the content that users see, and options for mitigating any negative impact.
Read the full POSTnote here: http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0559
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The full list of elected committee chairs for the new Parliament has been announced by the Speaker, the Rt Hon John Bercow. All successful candidates are listed below. This includes 19 departmental select committees and a selection of other committees elected under Standing Order Number 122B. The chair of the Backbench Business Committee is elected separately, under Standing Order 122D.
The successful candidates are:
And, elected under Standing Order 122D:
Committees where no election is necessary (for which a single nomination was received)
Other specified select committees:
The successful candidates will take up their position as Chair of the committee when the remaining members of the committee have been appointed by the House.
Further details for each position of Chair, including nominations and supporting statements, are available on individual committee pages.
The Clerk of the House has published an updated edition of this invaluable booklet that offers a short guide to the business of the House of Commons.
It is available as a PDF and can be downloaded here.
Download the 2017 Guide to House and its Committees
Further details on the Guides page
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