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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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Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill 2017-18
Published Thursday, July 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8035
A briefing on the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill 2017-18.
Productivity in the UK
Published Thursday, July 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06492
The briefing provides latest statistics on UK productivity including breakdowns by sector and region/country of the UK. It also explains why productivity is important to growth, the public finances and living standards, analyses whether the stagnation in productivity is temporary or permanent, looks at the impact of Brexit on productivity growth and outlines Government policy. International comparisons are also included.
Brexit and financial services
Published Thursday, July 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7628
This Commons Library briefing paper brings together responses from financial organisations about the impact of the vote to leave the EU,. The vote to leave the EU has significant implications for the financial services sector, an economic sector which is critical to the UK economy. The degree of inter-linkage between the ‘City’ and the EU economies is substantial economically speaking and intricate in terms of the legislative interface.
Space Industry Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0039
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information on the Space Industry Bill [HL].

Topics: Aviation, Industry

Productivity: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02791
Latest statistics showing changes in UK productivity and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries.
Successful Private Members' Bills since 1983
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04568
Private Members' bills introduced since 1983 that have received Royal Assent.
Pension Schemes Bill 2016-17
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7874
Briefing on the debates on the legislation that became the Pension Schemes Act 2017, the main purpose of which is to improve regulation of Master Trusts - a type of occupational pension scheme used by many employers to meet their auto-enrolment duties

Topic: Pensions

Tenancy deposit schemes
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02121
This Commons Library briefing paper explains the duty on private landlords to protect tenants’ deposits and summarises how the schemes operate.
Household flood insurance
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06613
This note outlines issues relating to flood insurance within the UK and the establishment of the Flood Re scheme by the Water Act and subsequent Regulations.
Supreme Court of the United Kingdom: Changes to Membership
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0038
In July 2017, it is expected that three new appointments to the Supreme Court will be announced, including the selection of a new President. In 2018 three further Justices are expected to retire, creating additional vacancies. In light of these anticipated appointments, this House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the background, functions and membership of the Supreme Court.
Missing persons, guardianship and the presumption of death
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04890
This Commons Library research briefing provides information about looking for a missing person, dealing with their property and affairs while they are missing, and applying for a declaration of presumed death
Recent policy developments: Grammar schools in England
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07070
This Commons Library briefing paper provides an outline of the current position relating to grammar schools and proposed Government reforms. It covers England only. The paper also outlines recent support and opposition to the establishment of new grammar schools, and research on their impact.

Topic: Schools

School meals and nutritional standards (England)
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04195
The main recent policy developments regarding school meals, including the revised school food standards and provision of free school meals.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data for the sector that incorporates the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Global Education Before the G20 Summit
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0132
This Debate Pack has been prepared for the Westminster Hall debate on ‘Global education before the G20 Summit', to be held in Westminster Hall on Thursday 6 July 2017, from 1.30pm to 3.00pm, initiated by Stephen Twigg MP.
Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture
Published Tuesday, July 4, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0557
Agricultural practices can reduce water quality, degrade soils and cause biodiversity loss. This in turn can disrupt natural processes that support food production. Environmentally sustainable agriculture seeks to reduce environmental damage and restore such processes. This POSTnote summarises associated land management options, agricultural policies and the constraints imposed by a new trading environment.
Brexit: trade aspects
Published Tuesday, July 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7694
This paper looks at possible options for the UK's trading relationships with the EU after Brexit. The paper has been updated to include a new chapter on trade with non-EU countries.
Economic Indicators, July 2017
Published Tuesday, July 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8032
Analysis of the latest UK and international economic indicators
Security of UK Food Supply
Published Tuesday, July 4, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0556
This note outlines current UK trade in food and animal feed, examines the challenges raised to the security of UK food supply by withdrawal from the EU and analyses the policy options available for improving UK food security
Inheritance Tax
Published Tuesday, July 4, 2017 | 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

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