Research briefings

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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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Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Emergency debates in the House of Commons since 1979
Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04569
A list of emergency debates held in the House of Commons since 1979.
Parliamentary debate 19/7/17: Thameslink passenger services
Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0145
This debate will take place between 4.30 and 5.30 pm on 19 July in Westminster Hall. The Member who secured the debate is Anne Main MP (Con., St Albans).

Topic: Railways

Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02792
Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.
Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
Key documents : taxation
Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04680
This paper lists some of the most useful documents and sources relating to tax policy.

Topic: Taxation

British prisoners in Iran
Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0143
Debate pack for the Westminster Hall debate on British prisoners in Iran.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Labour market statistics: UK regions and countries
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7950
This paper gives an overview of labour market statistics across the UK’s regions and countries. The spreadsheet published alongside this paper includes a ‘profile tool’ where you can select a region and see all data for that region presented in tables and charts.
Chairs of Commons select committee since 2010
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04400
Chairs of House of Commons Select Committees since 2010
Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0043
This briefing summarises the recent Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices and provides background and reaction to the report.
National Insurance contributions: an introduction
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04517
This note gives an introduction to National Insurance system, and the debate there has been about integrating National Insurance contributions (NICs) with income tax.
Government borrowing and debt: international comparisons
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06054
This note provides international comparisons of government borrowing and debt from 2010 to 2022.
Brexit Negotiations: The Irish border question
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8042
The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and how it will operate, is one of the three main areas of discussion in the first phase of Brexit negotiations . This paper sets out the different UK and EU negotiating positions as well as how they both pledge to honour the Good Friday Agreement, and what this pledge commits both sides to. It looks at how the Northern Irish devolved government is inputting into the talks, and how the confidence and supply deal between the Conservative party and the DUP might impact on the negotiations. This paper explores how people will move between the two countries, and how the Common Travel Area might be maintained. It also looks at the complexities of avoiding a 'hard border', the stated position of both the EU and the UK, while still adhering to EU rules on moving goods between itself and countries outside the Single Market and Customs Union.
Future shape of the armed forces
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0142
This Debate Pack has been prepared for the debate on the 'Future shape of the armed forces', to be held in the Westminster Hall on Wednesday 19 July 2017. The Member leading the debate is Leo Docherty MP.

Topic: Armed forces

Foreign Investment in UK Residential Property
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7723
This short House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the extent to which foreign ownership of residential property should be considered an issue for the UK housing market.
Calling in a planning application
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00930
The Secretary of State has powers to "call-in" a planning application and "recover" a planning appeal, to determine it himself. This note explains these powers further.

Topic: Planning

Drugs policy
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0149
This pack has been prepared ahead of the general debate on drugs policy to be held in the Commons Chamber on Tuesday 18 July 2017.

Topics: Crime, Drugs misuse

Making Tax Digital
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7949
In December 2015 HM Revenue & Customs published Making Tax Digital - its strategy to implement a new system of digital tax accounts to be used by businesses, the self-employed and landlords. Following a consultation exercise last year, in the 2017 Budget the Government confirmed its plans to roll-out digital tax returns from next April. This note discusses the background to this reform.

Topic: Taxation

Exiting the EU and sanctions
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0148
This Debate Pack has been prepared for the general debate on 'Exiting the European Union and sanctions', to be held in the main chamber on Wednesday 19 July 2017

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