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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.
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E-petition 205476 relating to the enslavement of black Africans in Libya
Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0259
This debate pack has been prepared for the Petitions Committee debate on e-petition 205476 relating to the enslavement of black Africans in Libya, to be held in Westminster Hall on Monday 18 December 2017 from 4.30 to 5.30 pm, led by Paul Scully.
Youth unemployment statistics
Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05871
This paper presents the latest statistics on youth unemployment in the UK as well as comparisons with other EU countries.

Topic: Unemployment

Student loan statistics
Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01079
Student loans are the main method of direct government support for higher education students. More than £13 billion is loaned to students each year, this is expected to grow rapidly and reach around £330 billion (2014-15 prices) by the middle of this century. The expansion of loans has raised questions about graduate repayments and ultimately the cost of the system to the taxpayer
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Childcare for fostered children
Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0262
This House of Commons Library landing page has been prepared in anticipation of a debate entitled "Childcare for fostered children". This debate will be led by Lisa Nandy MP and will take place in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm on Tuesday 19th December 2017.
Egypt since the mosque attack
Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8178

Topics: Africa, Middle East

The Pupil Premium
Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06700
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of policy on the Pupil Premium since its introduction in 2011, including funding levels, eligibility criteria, and accountability.
UK steel industry: statistics and policy
Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7317
The steel industry: statistical summary of the UK and international industry; analysis of current prospects; summary of Government policy; timeline of events.
Situation in Ukraine
Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0260
Debate Pack for the Westminster Hall debate on the 'Situation in Ukraine'.
EU Defence: the realisation of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)
Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8149
On 13 November 2017, 23 EU Member States submitted a Joint Notification to the EU Council of Ministers setting out their intention to utilise the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) mechanism to further European defence (CSDP). Ireland and Portugal notified the Council of Ministers of their intention to join in early December and a Decision formally launching PESCO was adopted on 11 December 2017. The first capability projects are expected to be launched in early 2018. The UK did not sign the Joint Notification and will, therefore, remain outside of PESCO. In doing so, the UK will have no decision making rights over its governance or veto over its future strategic direction.
Brexit: the exit bill
Published Tuesday, December 12, 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).
Armed Forces accommodation allowance exemption
Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8174
In the Autumn Budget 2017 the Government announced that it would introduce an income tax and NICs exemption for certain allowances paid to Armed Forces personnel for renting or maintaining accommodation in the UK private market. Provision to this effect is included in the Finance (No.2) Bill 2017.
Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02792
Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Work Capability Assessments
Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0254
This House of Commons Library debate pack briefing has been prepared for a debate entitled "Work Capability Assessments". It will take place in Westminster Hall at 2.30pm on Wednesday 13th December 2017 and will be led by David Linden MP.
EU (Withdrawal) Bill: clauses 9, 8 and 17
Published Monday, December 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8170
This Commons Library briefing paper has been prepared for day 7 of the Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Commons, scheduled for Wednesday 13 December 2017.
Leasehold and commonhold reform
Published Monday, December 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8047
This Commons Library briefing paper considers recent trends in leasehold ownership and on-going problems associated with the sector. Areas identified for possible reform are summarised, including Government proposals which were subject to consultation up to 19 September 2017.
Hormone Pregnancy Tests
Published Monday, December 11, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0252
This debate pack has been prepared for the debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 14 November 2017 on hormone pregnancy tests. The subject for the debate has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee, and it will be opened by Sir Mike Penning MP.
New Nuclear Power
Published Monday, December 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8176
This Commons Library briefing paper summarises current progress on nuclear power, including conventional reactors, advanced designs, waste disposal and nuclear research.
Brexit and state pensions
Published Monday, December 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7894
This Commons Library briefing looks at EU law providing for the co-ordination of State Pension entitlement and the possible impact of Brexit

Topic: Pensions

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