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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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Tackling aggressive antisocial behaviour
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0171
A Westminster Hall debate on Tackling aggressive antisocial behaviour is scheduled for Tuesday 10 October 2017 at 9.30am. The Member leading the debate is Steve McCabe MP.
Taxation of non-domiciles: the 2008 reforms
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04604
This note provides a short introduction to the taxation of non-domiciles, before discussing the reforms to these rules introduced in the 2008 Budget.

Topic: Taxation

Taxation of non-domiciles: recent developments
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8099
A person's 'domicile' is their permanent home, and while this is a concept of general law, it has long been an important consideration in an individual's liability to pay tax in the UK. "Non-domiciles" who live in the UK have been entitled to be taxed under the "remittance basis", where any overseas income or gains is only subject to UK tax if remitted to this country. In the Summer 2015 Budget the Government announced a number of major changes to non-domicile taxation which are to take effect from April 2017. This paper discusses the background to these proposals and the current debate as to their impact.

Topic: Taxation

Terrorism in Great Britain: the statistics
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7613
This briefing examines the available statistics on terrorism since 2001 in Great Britain.
Education funding in South Liverpool
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0167
On 10 October 2017 at 4:30pm, there will be an hour long Westminster Hall debate on Education Funding in South Liverpool. The debate is sponsored by Maria Eagle MP.

Topic: Schools

Productivity: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02791
Latest statistics showing changes in UK productivity and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries.
Effect of UK leaving the EU on consumers and consumer protection
Published Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0169
A Westminster Hall debate on the "Effect of the UK leaving the EU on consumers and consumer protection" is scheduled for Tuesday 10 October 2017 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Vicky Ford MP.
Impact of Brexit on UK consumer regime
Published Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8102
This Commons briefing paper provides an overview of some of the main issues in respect of the impact of Brexit on the UK's consumer regime.

Topic: Consumers

What happens after an indecisive election result?
Published Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7163
Most UK governments are based on the MPs of the government’s party filling a majority of the seats in the House of Commons, and forming a government is relatively straightforward. When no single party holds a majority of seats, this is known as a hung parliament.
Human rights in Iran
Published Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0175
This Debate Pack has been prepared for the debate on 'Human Rights in Iran', to be held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 11 October 2017, from 9:30-11:00am, initiated by Theresa Villiers MP.

Topics: Human rights, Iran

TV licence fee statistics
Published Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8101
This briefing provides statistics on the TV licence fee and general television viewing trends. TV licence fee revenues grew from £3.5 billion in 2010/11 to £3.8 billion in 2016/17 (in cash terms).Total BBC income in 2016/17 was £4.95 billion. TV licence fee revenues accounted for around 76% of total income.
Energy bills and proposals for reform
Published Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8081
During her speech to the Conservative party conference on 4 October 2017, the Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the Government would publish a Draft Bill to put a price cap on energy bills. There has been a mixed response to this announcement. Energy UK, the industry trade body, said the cap could interfere with competition and instead advocated energy efficiency measures. Whereas, Citizens advice welcomed the plans as a potential “solution to runaway energy costs.”
The 2017 Government at Westminster: Governing as a minority
Published Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8103
This Commons Library Briefing Paper considers the formation of the Government following the 2017 general election and the agreement between the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party.
Data Protection Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0065
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Data Protection Bill [HL] on 10 October 2017.
Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials
Published Thursday, October 5, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0562
The unique properties of engineered nanomaterials are beneficial to a range of industries. However, uncertainties in assessing their potential health and environmental risks could hinder their safe use. This POSTnote summarises the current regulation of nanomaterials and highlights potential future directions for regulatory testing approaches.
UK defence obligations to South Korea
Published Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8100
Is the UK obliged to defend South Korea? This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the potential implications for the UK of a 1953 Declaration amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula.
Brexit: civil judicial cooperation
Published Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8092
This Commons Library briefing paper considers civil judicial cooperation post-Brexit. The UK is seeking a new agreement mirrored on existing provisions.
Registration of stillbirth
Published Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05595
This Commons Library briefing paper deals with the registration of stillbirths across the UK. When a baby is stillborn (born dead) after 24 weeks pregnancy, the birth must be registered. However, there is no provision to allow the registration of stillbirths before the 24th week of pregnancy. There have been calls for the law to be changed.
Homelessness in England: Social Indicators page
Published Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02646
This note summarises quarterly homelessness statistics for England.

Topic: Homelessness

Infant cremation
Published Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7731
This Commons Library briefing paper considers actions taken both in Scotland and in England and Wales to to ensure that, where possible, ashes are available from infant cremations and are returned to parents.

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