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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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General debate on HMRC closures
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0209
There was a general debate on HMRC Closures in Westminster Hall on Thursday 2 November 2017. The subject of the debate was nominated by the Backbench Business Committee. The debate was opened by Stuart McDonald MP.
Taxation of beer and pubs sector
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0206
A Westminster Hall debate on "Taxation of the beer and pubs sector" was held on Tuesday October 31 2017. The Member leading the debate was Mike Wood MP.

Topic: Taxation

Effect of taxes on small businesses
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0180
A Westminster Hall debate on the "Effect of taxes on small businesses" was held Wednesday 18 October 2017 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate was Derek Thomas MP.
VAT Registration
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00963
All businesses must register for VAT if their turnover of taxable goods and/or services is above a given threshold. This note discusses how the registration threshold has been set in recent years and the debate there has been about whether the threshold is too high or too low.
Local Housing Allowance and the social rented sector
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7833
This Commons Library briefing paper provides background on the 2015 Government's intention to apply Local Housing Allowance rates to tenants in receipt of Housing Benefit in the social rented sector. On 25 October 2017, the Prime Minister said that this change would not go ahead as previously planned.
New-build housing: construction defects - issues and solutions (England)
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7665
This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the existing building control regime and customers’ means of redress when faced with defects in newly built housing. It summarises the findings of the All-Party Parliamentary Group's 2016 inquiry and recommended actions and explains the Government and industry response.
Defence aerospace industrial strategy
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0224
A debate on ‘Defence aerospace industrial strategy’ has been scheduled for Thursday 16 November 2017 in the Main Chamber. The debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee after a representation from Ruth Smeeth MP and Robert Courts MP.
Finance Bill 2017-19
Published Monday, November 13, 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. Due to the timing of the General Election, the Bill completed all its remaining stages in the Commons on 25 April, in 'wash up' before Dissolution. In light of the abbreviated timetable for the Bill's scrutiny, the Government removed a significant number of clauses, to be introduced in a Finance Bill later this year. This second Finance Bill was published on 8 September and completed its scrutiny in the Commons on 31 October.

Topic: Taxation

Brexit: the exit bill
Published Monday, November 13, 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).
International Men's Day
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0220
On 14 November 2017, at 9:30am, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on International Men's Day. The debate is sponsored by Jeremy Lefroy MP and is due to last for 90 minutes.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
Unemployment - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02800
Unemployment: International Comparisons: Data on harmonised unemployment rates for major international economies.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retained EU law
Published Friday, November 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8136
This briefing paper has been prepared for day 2, scheduled to take place on 15 November, of the Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (EUW Bill) in the House of Commons.
Statistics on UK trade with China
Published Friday, November 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7379
China is one of the UK's largest trading partners. This note gives some key statistics on UK-China trade.
Implementation of the national funding formula for schools in England
Published Friday, November 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8106
This briefing paper looks at the implementation of the Government's reforms to school funding from 2018, including the introduction of a new National Funding Formula (NFF) for schools. The plans were confirmed in September 2017, with some important modifications.

Topic: Schools

The UK bee population
Published Friday, November 10, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0226
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 14 November 2017 from 4.30-5.30pm on the UK bee population. The debate will be opened by Alex Chalk MP.
Employment status
Published Friday, November 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8045
This briefing provides an overview of the concept of employment status and recent reviews of the law in this area.

Topic: Employment

Gambling advertising: regulation in Great Britain
Published Friday, November 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7428
This Library briefing paper looks at gambling advertising in Great Britain.

Topic: Gambling

Housing supply for local authorities (England)
Published Friday, November 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7796
Use this tool to compare housing supply statistics for local authorities.
Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, November 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.

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