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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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Media ownership: the 21st Century Fox/Sky merger
Published Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7969
This Library briefing paper looks at the proposed merger of 21st Century Fox and Sky plc.
Membership of UK political parties
Published Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05125
As of January 2018, Labour had 552,000 members, compared to 124,000 Conservative members reported in March 2018. As of April 2018, SNP had 118,000, Liberal Democrats 101,000, Green Party 41,000, UKIP 21,000 and Plaid Cymru 8,000 members. Party membership has risen notably since 2013, both in total and as a percentage of the electorate.
Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill [HL] 2017-19
Published Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8253
The Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill [HL] 2017-19 completed its Public Bill Committee stage in the House of Commons on 27 March 2018. It is a short Bill which will ensure that certain victims of domestic violence retain a right to a 'lifetime' secure tenancy when fixed-term tenancies become mandatory for English housing authorities under the Housing and Planning Act 2016. This paper provides background on the Bill's progress to date.
Standing at football
Published Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN03937
This Library briefing paper looks at calls for the introduction of safe standing at grounds in the English Premier League and Championship.
European defence: where is it heading?
Published Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8216
In light of Brexit, an increasingly assertive Russia and the unpredictable attitude of the current US administration toward European security, there is, at present. a political appetite for progress in the development of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy. Much has been achieved in the last few years and without the UK, which has historically opposed deeper defence integration, Brexit undoubtedly offers opportunities. The question is: how far will the EU at 27 be willing to go? This is an update to an earlier paper published in January 2018.
Windrush generation
Published Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0111
An Opposition Day debate on the Windrush generation is scheduled for Wednesday 2 May 2018. The matter to be debated has been selected by the Leader of the Opposition.

Topic: Immigration

Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Statistics on UK-EU trade
Published Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7851
This note provides some basic statistics on the UK's trade with the EU.
Case for HPV vaccination for boys
Published Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0106
MPs will debate the Case for HPV vaccination for boys on Wednesday 2 May 2018 in Westminster Hall between 9.30 and 11.00 am. The debate will be led by Sir Roger Gale.
Government policy on reducing plastic waste in the maritime environment
Published Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0107
MPs will debate Government policy on reducing plastic waste in the maritime environment on Wednesday 2 May 2018 in Westminster Hall between 2.30 and 4pm. The debate will be led by Mr Alistair Carmichael MP
Housing cost element of Universal Credit and 18 to 21-year-olds
Published Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06473
This briefing paper provides information on the decision to restrict entitlement to the housing cost element of Universal Credit for young people aged 18 to 21. On 29 March 2018 the Government announced that restrictions on accessing the housing element would be removed.
Inheritance Tax
Published Monday, April 30, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN00093
This paper gives a brief summary of the structure of inheritance tax before looking at the debates there have been about the tax in recent years.

Topics: Death, Taxation

Increases in the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s
Published Monday, April 30, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7405
Briefing regarding the WASPI campaign and the impact of legislation increasing the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s

Topic: Pensions

Cold Weather Payments for winter 2017-2018
Published Monday, April 30, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8254
This Library Briefing Paper provides information on the Cold Weather Payments Scheme for winter 2017-18.
Ministers in the 2015 and 2017 Conservative Governments
Published Monday, April 30, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7335
Ministerial office holders in the 2015 and 2017 Conservative Governments
Commons Opposition Day debates since 1997
Published Monday, April 30, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06315
Opposition day debates in the House of Commons since the 1997 General Election - with links to Hansard.
Safeguarding children and young people in sport
Published Monday, April 30, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0108
A Westminster Hall debate on Safeguarding children and young people in sport is scheduled for Tuesday 1 May 2018 at 9.30am. The Member leading the debate is Bambos Charalambous MP.
NHS Cancer Targets
Published Monday, April 30, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0105
This House of Commons Library Debate Pack briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate entitled “NHS Cancer Targets”. This will be led by Mr John Baron MP and will take place in Westminster Hall at 2.30pm on Tuesday 1st May 2018.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, April 30, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Inheritance Tax : a basic guide
Published Monday, April 30, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN00573
This paper provides a summary description of the structure of inheritance tax (IHT) and the main reliefs which are available.

Topics: Death, Taxation

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