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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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    Topics: Research material can be filtered by subject using the topic terms. The topics are arranged in a taxonomy (a hierarchical classification) and can be further filtered using sub-topics.

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Brexit reading list: economic, business and transport policy issues
Published Thursday, March 30, 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.
A short history of rent control
Published Thursday, March 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06747
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides historical background to the introduction and impact of rent control and its continued application until January 1989.
Asylum Statistics
Published Thursday, March 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01403
This Commons Library briefing paper analyses asylum statistics and trends in the UK and other EU countries. Statistics on asylums seekers and refugees in the UK are published by the Home Office and contain data on the number of people applying for asylum and the outcomes of asylum applications. Statistics on asylum seekers and refugees in European Union countries are published in the Home Office bulletin and by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Company insolvency: liability of directors
Published Thursday, March 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7936
This Commons briefing paper provides a brief overview of directors' duties and potential liabilities in relation to companies in financial difficulty. In particular, it looks at liability for wrongful and fraudulent trading and under the directors disqualification regime.

Topic: Insolvency

Finance Bill 2017 - foreign pensions
Published Thursday, March 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7937
Looks at changes to the tax treatment of foreign pensions in the Finance Bill 2017

Topic: Pensions

FAQs: Academies and free schools
Published Thursday, March 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07059
This Commons Library research briefing answers FAQs about academies and free schools in England. Topics covered include: academy conversion; school places; SEN provision; academy land disposal and sale; funding; and accountability.

Topic: Schools

Airspace change and modernisation
Published Thursday, March 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7889
This paper looks at the structure and management of airspace in the UK and the wider international context. It explains how airspace functions at the moment and proposals to upgrade and improve it, including the EU Single European Sky programme and the UK’s Future Airspace Strategy.

Topic: Aviation

Motor car insurance
Published Thursday, March 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06061
This note outlines some of the factors influencing the cost of motor insurance premiums and what government and the industry have done to try and reduce costs.
House of Lords Reform: debates and issues in the 2015 Parliament
Published Thursday, March 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7844
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper outlines the Government's view that House of Lords reform is not a priority in this Parliament. It also discusses pressure from members of the House of Lords to address their concerns about the size of the House of Lords.
Statutory Homelessness in England
Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01164
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides statistics on statutory homelessness in England and explains local authorities' duties to assist homeless households. The paper includes an overview of, and comment on, Government policy in this area.
Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7912
This reading list brings together briefings on Brexit by the Parliamentary libraries and the Devolved Assembly research services with reports by Parliamentary and Devolved Assembly committees following the result of the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.
Key documents : taxation
Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04680
This paper lists some of the most useful documents and sources relating to tax policy.

Topic: Taxation

UK offshore oil and gas industry
Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7268
This Commons Library briefing paper provides a summary of the state of the UK offshore oil and gas industries and outlines the industry, the regulatory framework and key challenges for the industry.
Finance (No.2) Bill, 2nd Reading
Published Wednesday, March 29, 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. The Bill is due to receive a Second Reading in the House of Commons chamber on 18 April 2017. The sponsoring Member is Jane Ellison.

Topic: Taxation

Child Maintenance Service
Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0113
The debate, entitled "Child Maintenance Service" and sponsored by Marion Fellows, will take place in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 18th April at 11.30am, lasting for 90 minutes.
Roll-out of universal credit
Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0112
The debate, entitled "Roll-out of universal credit" and sponsored by Catherine McKinnell, will take place in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 19th April at 2.30pm, lasting for 90 minutes.
Direct taxes: rates and allowances 2017/18
Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7915
This paper sets out the main changes to direct tax rates and allowances announced in the Budget on 8 March 2017. It lists the principal personal allowances which will be available against income tax in the tax year 2016/17, and it outlines the conditions necessary for eligibility for these allowances. The paper provides a summary of the general tax position in straightforward cases only. It should be noted that it deals just with tax allowances. No reference is made to cash benefits provided under the social security system, or to child tax credit and working tax credit.

Topic: Taxation

Parliamentary debate 19/4/17: A diesel vehicle scrappage scheme
Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0111

Topics: Pollution, Roads

Animal Welfare
Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0109
This Commons Library Debate Pack has been prepared ahead of the Backbench Business Committee debate in the Commons Chamber on animal welfare on Thursday 30 March 2017. The sponsoring Member is Neil Parish.
Future of local and regional news providers
Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0103
A backbench business debate on the future of local and regional news providers will be held in Westminster Hall on Thursday 30 March 2017 at 3.00pm. Helen Goodman, Jason McCartney and Liz Saville-Roberts will lead and open the debate.

Topic: Press

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