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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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Pensions: Automatic enrolment - 2010 onwards
Published Monday, January 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06417
The Workplace pension reforms started to be introduced from 2012. Under the reforms, employers are required to automatically enrol workers into a qualifying pension scheme and, unless the worker opts out, make minimum contributions. This briefing paper looks at progress to date and the debate on the way forward, including the 2017 review

Topic: Pensions

Hybrid Bills: House of Commons Background Paper
Published Monday, January 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06736
This Background Paper outlines the procedures followed in considering a hybrid in the House of Commons.
16-19 education funding in England since 2010
Published Monday, January 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07019
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides a summary of how funding for 16-19 education in England has changed since 2010.
Anonymous electoral registration
Published Monday, January 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8202
Anonymous registration allows people whose safety would be at risk if their name or address were listed on the electoral register, for example survivors of domestic abuse, to register to vote without their details made public. This note outlines the current requirements and the proposals for change.
The effect of junk food advertising on obesity in children
Published Monday, January 15, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0012
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 16 January 2018 from 9.30-11am on the effect of junk food advertising on obesity in children. The subject for the debate has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee and the debate will be opened by Maggie Throup MP.
County lines exploitation in London
Published Monday, January 15, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0009
A Westminster Hall debate on County lines exploitation in London is scheduled for Wednesday 17 January 2018 at 9.30am. The Member leading the debate is Joan Ryan MP.

Topic: Drugs crimes

Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, January 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
Surgical mesh implants
Published Monday, January 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8108
This paper provides an overview on the use and regulation of mesh implants, concerns relating to use of these implants in urogynaecological surgical procedures, recent reviews and parliamentary debate on this subject.
Prime Minister's announcement on changes to student funding
Published Monday, January 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8097
This House of Commons briefing paper discusses the announcement of changes to the student finance system by the Prime Minister's on 1 October 2017. It gives an overview of past changes to the student finance system, outlines current debate and analyses the potential impact of the proposed changes.
Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill 2017-19
Published Sunday, January 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8185
This Commons Library briefing paper explains the provisions in Karen Buck's Private Member's Bill on housing fitness in preparation for the debate on Second Reading. The Bill is seeking to require that residential rented dwellings in England are fit for human habitation at the start of the tenancy and thereafter. The debate on Second Reading is scheduled for 19 January 2018.
US Foreign Policy and the UK’s International Relationships
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0005
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 18 January 2018 on the following motion moved by Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon (Liberal Democrat) “that this House takes note of the effect of the foreign policy of the USA on inter-state relationships around the world, particularly in light of the UK’s changing relationships with other European countries”.

Topic: North America

Food poverty in Merseyside
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0008
A Westminster Hall debate on Food poverty in Merseyside is scheduled for Tuesday 16 January 2018 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Stephen Twigg MP.
Yemen and the death of Saleh
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8201
In December the long-time former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was killed in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. What does this mean for the Yemen conflict?

Topic: Middle East

Proscription of Hezbollah
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0015
A Backbench Business Committee debate on Proscription of Hezbollah is scheduled for Thursday 25 January 2018. The debate will be opened by Joan Ryan MP.

Topic: Terrorism

School Holidays (Meals and Activities) Bill - 2nd reading
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0264
There will be a second reading debate on the School Holidays (Meals and Activities) Bill, which is sponsored by Rt Hon Frank Field MP. It is scheduled to take place in the Commons Chamber on Friday 19th January 2017.
Joint Enterprise
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0014
A Backbench Business Committee debate on Joint Enterprise is scheduled for Thursday 25 January 2018. The debate will be opened by Lucy Powell MP.

Topic: Criminal law

Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
Green Finance and the Resilience of the Financial Sector to Climate Change
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0004
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 18 January 2018 on the following motion moved by Lord Teverson (Liberal Democrat) “that this House takes note of the case for the UK to remain a global leader for green finance, and for the UK’s financial sector to be resilient to climate change”.
2018 Benefits Uprating
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8162
Most working-age benefits will be frozen at 2015/16 cash values from 2016/17 to 2019/20 inclusive. Over the year 2018/19 the increase in most benefits aimed at disabled people and pensioners will continue to be linked to CPI inflation, which increased to 3.0% in the year ending September 2017. The new State Pension will rise by 3.0% to £164.35.

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