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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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House of Lords: Party and Group Strengths and Voting
Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0016
This House of Lords Library briefing presents statistics on the relative size of the three largest political parties and the politically unaligned groups in the House of Lords. It also presents select statistics on voting behaviour in the House.
Local government in England: structures
Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07104
This note contains basic details of the structure of local government (counties, districts and unitary authorities); the electoral system, ward structures, and the franchise; the divisions of functions between local authorities; and the process for changing local government boundaries and structures.
Universal Credit and the claimant count
Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7927
This briefing paper explains how Universal Credit is acting to increase the number of people claiming unemployment benefits, by requiring a broader group of claimants to look for work than was the case under Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Child maintenance: inclusion of earnings from "special occupations" in the 2012 CMS scheme
Published Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7772
This Commons Library research briefing provides information about changes to the treatment of earnings (for child maintenance purposes) from certain "special occupations", including reserve or territorial force members and local authority councillors.

Topic: Child support

Brexit: What next for UK fisheries?
Published Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7669
The implications of Brexit for fisheries are highly uncertain. The implications will depend on future negotiations with the EU and future UK Government policy.
Reports from the International Development Committee and Government responses on the Syrian refugee crisis and DfID's programme in Nigeria
Published Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0091
On Thursday 23 March 2017, MPs will debate the First Report from the International Development Committee of Session 2015-16, Syrian refugee crisis, HC 463, and the Government Response, HC 902, and the Second Report from the International Development Committee of Session 2016-17, DfID's programme in Nigeria, HC 110, and the Government Response, HC 735. The debate will start at 1.30pm in Westminster Hall and has been initiated by the Chairman of the International Development Committee, Stephen Twigg MP.
Iran's influence in the Middle East
Published Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0062
MPs will debate Iran's influence in the Middle East in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 22 March 2017 from 9.30am to 11.00am. The debate has been initiated by Dr Matthew Offord MP.

Topics: Iran, Middle East

Farrier’s (Registration) Bill 2016-2017
Published Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7924
This Commons Library briefing provides background to the Farrier’s (Registration) Bill 2016-2017. This is a Private Members Bill introduced by Byron Davies MP which has support from the Government. This page details the background and aims of the Bill.
The implications for the Scottish devolution settlement of triggering Article 50
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0083
Debate on the motion: "That this House has considered the implications for the Scottish devolution settlement of triggering Article 50".
Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2014–15: House of Lords Extradition Law Committee
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0015
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information about the work of the House of Lords Extradition Law Committee; its two reports ('The European Arrest Warrant Opt-In' and 'Extradition: Law and Practice'); its conclusions and recommendations; the government’s responses; and a summary of the debates held on the two reports in the House of Lords.
Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2014–15: House of Lords Digital Skills Committee
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0014
This Lords Library briefing provides information about the work of the House of Lords Digital Skills Committee; its conclusions and recommendations; the government’s response; and a summary of the debate held in the House of Lords.
Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2014–15: House of Lords Affordable Childcare Committee
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0013
This Lords Library briefing provides information about the work of the House of Lords Affordable Childcare Committee; its conclusions and recommendations; the government’s response; and gives an update on developments since the government response to the Committee’s report.
Occupational pension increases
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05656
Looks at the requirements on private sector Defined Benefit occupational pension schemes to index and revalue pension benefits and recent debates - including the 2016 consultation on the British Steel Pension Scheme

Topic: Pensions

Brexit reading list: legal and constitutional issues
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7702
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.
Defence and security after Brexit: a reading list
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7742
The Commons Library has compiled a selection of analysis and comment on defence and security related matters, relevant to the UK's forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union.
Detention of vulnerable persons
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0086
A Westminster Hall debate on the detention of vulnerable persons has been scheduled for 2.30pm on Tuesday 14 March 2017. The Member in charge of this debate is Anne McLaughlin MP.

Topics: Asylum, Immigration

Cost of GP indemnity in England
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0085
The debate, entitled “Cost of GP Indemnity in England” and sponsored by Alex Chalk, will take place in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 15 March at 2.30pm, lasting for 90 minutes.
Faith Schools: FAQs
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06972
This House of Commons Library briefing discusses what makes faith schools in England different. It answers FAQs and provides key statistics.

Topic: Schools

Leaving the European Union: The UK and Ireland
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0012
For the UK, the decision to leave the EU could have a significant impact, particularly on its relationship with Ireland. This includes on peace and security, which encompasses the peace process following the 30-year conflict in Northern Ireland, known as ‘the Troubles’, border controls and the Common Travel Area; and trade, particularly the bilateral trade relationship between UK and Ireland. This briefing examines the implications of the UK’s decision to leave the EU on its relationship with Ireland, particularly, in regards to peace, security and trade. In addition to covering the aforementioned issues in closer detail, this briefing also examines the current situation in both the UK and Ireland, and discusses the potential implications of the UK leaving the EU, drawing upon commentary from UK and Irish heads of governments, political parties, think tanks and organisations.
Brexit Glossary
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7840
This Commons Library research briefing contains a list of commonly-used terms and acronyms that have needed clarification since the United Kingdom voted in the June 2016 EU referendum.

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