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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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Brexit reading list: economic, business and transport policy issues
Published Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7830
The Commons Library has compiled, from a wide range of sources, a selection of analysis and comment relevant to the UK's forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union.
The European Arrest Warrant
Published Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07016
This note considers the European Arrest Warrant, including an overview of the benefits it brings and the criticisms it gives rise to. Parliament has made a number of recent changes to the regime aimed at addressing criticism, and subsequently voted in favour of the UK remaining within the European Arrest Warrant framework.
Special Educational Needs: support in England
Published Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07020
This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the system of support for children and young people in England aged 0-25 with special educational needs (SEN). The briefing provides an overview of the new system introduced in 2014, the transitional arrangements, and how the new system differs from that which preceded it. It also includes a brief history of the movement towards reform that preceded the 2014 changes, and information on the impact of the new system available to date.
Money laundering law
Published Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02592
This note charts successive phases of UK money laundering regulations and considers their benefits and burdens..
Stimulating housing supply - Government initiatives (England)
Published Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06416
This Commons Library Briefing Paper summarises key Government initiatives aimed at increasing housing supply in England.
Tax avoidance : a General Anti-Abuse Rule
Published Friday, April 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06265
UK tax law is specifically targeted rather than purposive: in tackling the exploitation of loopholes in the law, governments have legislated against individual avoidance schemes as and when these have come to light. This note looks at the case that has been made recently for a general anti-avoidance rule, and the Coalition Government's introduction of a 'narrower' General Anti-Abuse Rule in 2013.

Topic: Taxation

The roll-out of Universal Credit
Published Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0112
This House of Commons Library Debate Pack briefing provides information for the debate, entitled "Roll-out of Universal Credit" and sponsored by Catherine McKinnell, which will take place in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 19th April at 2.30pm, lasting for 90 minutes. A previous Westminster Hall debate on this topic led by Catherine McKinnell was interrupted by the attack on Parliament on 22 March
Tax avoidance: a General Anti-Avoidance Rule - background history (1997-2010)
Published Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02956
This note gives some background to the earlier debates there have been on the case for a general statutory prohibition of aggressive tax avoidance, in relation to the Coalition Government's introduction of a General Anti-Abuse Rule in 2013.

Topic: Taxation

Unemployment - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02800
Unemployment: International Comparisons: Data on harmonised unemployment rates for major international economies.
The Budget and the annual Finance Bill
Published Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00813
This note discusses the way that Parliament scrutinises the Government's proposals for taxation, set out in the annual Budget statement. It looks at how this procedure may be affected by the timing of a General Election, and gives some suggestions for further reading.

Topics: Elections, Taxation

Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
Child Maintenance Service
Published Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0113
This House of Commons Library debate pack briefing provides information for the debate, entitled "Child Maintenance Service" and sponsored by Marion Fellows, which will take place in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 18th April at 11.30am, lasting for 90 minutes.
Motion: Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) Regulations 2017
Published Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0115
A debate is to take place in the House of Commons Chamber on Wednesday 19 April on a motion to revoke the Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.
Shale gas and fracking
Published Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06073
The regulatory regime for fracking in the UK is covered in this note along with comment on environmental concerns. It also covers the new access provisions and debate on fracking in during the Infrastructure Bill’s passage through Parliament.
Zero-hours contracts
Published Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06553
This note discusses zero-hours contracts; a type of contract used by employers whereby workers agree to be potentially available for work although have no guaranteed hours.

Topic: Employment

Changes to the Personal Independence Payment eligibility criteria
Published Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7911
This Commons Library briefing looks at controversial proposals put forward by the Government to change the eligibility criteria for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) from 16 March 2017, to reverse the effect of two recent Upper Tribunal judgments.
Frozen Overseas Pensions
Published Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01457
Looks at why the UK state pension is not uprated in some overseas countries, the debates on this policy and the recent legal challenge.

Topic: Pensions

Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02792
Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.
Crossrail 1 & 2
Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00876
This paper provides information on the two London rail projects Crossrail 1 (the Elizabeth Line) and Crossrail 2. The former is nearing completion; the second is in the planning stages.

Topic: Railways

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