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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
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Increases in the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s
Published Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7405
Briefing regarding the WASPI campaign and the impact of legislation increasing the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s

Topic: Pensions

Pre-legislative scrutiny under the 2015 and 2017 Conservative Governments
Published Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7757
Pre-legislative scrutiny of draft bills or clauses in the 2015 Parliament.
Brexit reading list: economic, business and transport policy issues
Published Monday, September 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7830
The Commons Library has compiled, from a wide range of sources, a selection of analysis and comment relevant to the UK's forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union.
Income inequality in the UK
Published Monday, September 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7484
This briefing paper looks at trends in income inequality in the UK over the last 50 years.
Royal Mail delivery office closures
Published Monday, September 18, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0174
A Westminster Hall debate on Royal Mail delivery office closures is scheduled for Wednesday 11 October. The Member leading the debate is Helen Hayes MP.
Children: surrogacy, and single people and parental orders (UK)
Published Monday, September 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8076
This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers surrogacy and parental orders, in particular the current position for single people who are unable to obtain such an order.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, September 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill 2017-18
Published Monday, September 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8035
A briefing on the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill 2017-18.
Baby Loss Awareness Week
Published Friday, September 15, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0173
This pack will be produced ahead of the general debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Tuesday 10 October 2017 on Baby Loss Awareness Week.
E-petition 170931 relating to the TV Licence fee
Published Friday, September 15, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0172
A Westminster Hall debate on E-petition 170931 relating to the TV Licence fee is scheduled for Monday 16 October. The Member leading the debate is Helen Jones MP.

Topic: Broadcasting

Tackling aggressive antisocial behaviour
Published Friday, September 15, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0171
A Westminster Hall debate on Tackling aggressive antisocial behaviour is scheduled for Tuesday 10 October at 9.30am. The Member leading the debate is Steve McCabe MP.
Afghanistan 2017
Published Friday, September 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8087
The Western commitment to propping up the Afghan Government is increasing again.

Topics: Afghanistan, Asia

Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, September 15, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0061
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill [HL] on 27 October 2017.

Topics: Africa, Terrorism

Finance Bill 2017-19
Published Friday, September 15, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0114
Following the 2017 Budget on 8 March 2017, the Government published the Finance (No.2) Bill 2016/17 on 20 March 2017. Due to the timing of the General Election, the Bill completed all its remaining stages in the Commons on 25 April, in 'wash up' before Dissolution. In light of the abbreviated timetable for the Bill's scrutiny, the Government removed a significant number of clauses, to be introduced in a Finance Bill later this year. This second Finance Bill was published on 8 September and had its Second Reading on 12 September.

Topic: Taxation

Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Media ownership: the 21st Century Fox/Sky merger
Published Thursday, September 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7969
This Library briefing paper looks at the proposed merger of 21st Century Fox and Sky plc.
Exiting the European Union and data protection
Published Thursday, September 14, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0170
A general debate on exiting the European Union and data protection is scheduled for Thursday 12 October 2017.
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, September 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02802
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England’s and international, quantitative easing policy.
Effect of UK leaving the EU on consumers and consumer protection
Published Thursday, September 14, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0169
A Westminster Hall debate titled Effect of UK leaving the EU on consumers and consumer protection is scheduled for Tuesday 10 October 2017 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Vicky Ford MP.

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