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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.
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The Trade Bill
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8073
This paper has been prepared for the second reading of the Trade Bill
Corporate Governance Reform
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8143
The Government announced nine reforms to corporate governance that it wants to bring into effect by June 2018. This briefing discusses the Government's plans, related work in this area and other proposals.
Financial Inclusion (Exclusion)
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN03197
Successive governments have promoted the policy of financial inclusion for a number of reasons. This note outlines some of these methods.
Motion to approve European documents relating to the Schengen Information System
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0263
A debate on a Motion to approve European documents relating to the Schengen Information System is scheduled for Tuesday 19 December 2017.
The UK's contribution to the EU budget
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7886
This note considers how much the UK contributes to the EU budget and how much it receives back. Potential payments to the EU on or after Brexit - such as the exit bill - are also discussed.
Household debt: statistics and impact on economy
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7584
Latest statistics and forecasts for household debt in the UK and international comparisons. There is also a guide explaining how to understand and interpret household debt statistics and a summary of research looking at its effects on the economy.
Impact of the Trade in Ivory on Endangered Species
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0101
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 21 December 2017 on the following motion moved by Lord Carrington (Conservative) “that this House takes note of the impact of the trade in ivory on endangered species, and of the efforts being made to eliminate that trade while protecting the cultural heritage of antique ivory”.
Autumn Budget & Finance (No.2) Bill 2017
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0244
The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, presented the Government's first Autumn Budget on 22 November 2017. The Government published the Finance Bill, to implement the tax measures contained in the Budget, on Friday 1 December, and the Bill received a Second Reading on Monday 11 December.

Topic: Taxation

Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
MPs' changes of party allegiance in the House of Commons since 1979
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02537
This list notes when a Member has changed allegiance from one political party to another or decided to sit as an independent MP. Instances of Members losing or resigning a party whip are also noted.
Personal service companies : recent debate
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05976
The 'IR35' rules to prevent the exploitation of personal service companies for tax avoidance were introduced in April 2000, following a long and contentious consultation exercise. This legislation remains unpopular among freelancers who use this corporate form to provide services. This note looks at recent debate on how these rules might be reformed and wider concerns about the use of employment intermediaries to avoid tax.
Oversight of the intelligence services: a comparison of the "Five Eyes" nations
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7921
This paper provides a comparison of the arrangements for oversight of the intelligence services in the 'Five Eyes' nations: the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA
Brexit: the exit bill
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8039
When the UK leaves the EU it is expected to make a contribution towards the EU’s outstanding financial commitments – spending that was agreed while the UK was a member. The media have labelled this as an ‘exit bill’ or ‘divorce bill’, the EU see it as a matter of ‘settling the accounts’. The issue is being discussed in the first phase of Brexit negotiations under the title of the ‘single financial settlement’ (the settlement).
Life Peerage Creations: Powers of the Crown
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0100
This House of Lords Library Briefing contains a brief history of life peerages, as well as an exploration of appointing Peers outside of the Life Peerages Act 1958.
Apprenticeship statistics for England
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06113
This note presents and analyses data on the number of people starting apprenticeships in England and statistics for Parliamentary Constituencies in England from 1996 to 2016.
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, December 15, 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.
The Public Sector Equality Duty and Equality Impact Assessments
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06591
This note provides an overview of the public sector equality duty, contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, and Equality Impact Assessments.
Sudan: December 2017 update
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8180
The civil war may have ended but peace in Sudan remains elusive. This Commons Library briefing paper looks at recent developments in Sudan including peace efforts, UK relations and the recent easing of sanctions by the US.

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