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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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Support for UK Veterans
Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7693
This briefing paper details the support available to armed forces veterans in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Advertising: vaping and e-cigarettes
Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN07001
This Commons briefing paper provides information about the advertising of e-cigarettes in the UK. Specifically, it considers the implementation and enforcement of the "Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016" and the role of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Topic: Consumers

Agriculture: Historical Statistics
Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN03339
This note sets out important indicators of UK agriculture that have been published annually over this time. Together they give an indication of some of the ways that agriculture has changed in response to events over the last 100 years or more including the two world wars, the depression of the 1930s, the post-war boom and entry into the European Community. These long runs of data also give some historical context to more recent changes in agriculture including the dramatic fall in prices and farm incomes in the late 1990s, BSE and the outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

Topics: Agriculture, Farmers

GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
Food Banks in the UK
Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8585
Polish contribution to the UK war effort in World War Two
Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0168
A Westminster Hall debate on the ‘Polish contribution to the UK war effort in World War Two’ has been scheduled for Tuesday 2 July 2019 from 2.30pm to 4.00pm. The debate has been initiated by Daniel Kawczynski MP
Wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery: Mitigating Risks
Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0073
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming debate on mitigating the risks posed by the wreck of SS Richard Montgomery.
Economic Affairs Committee Report: Measuring Inflation
Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0072
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming on the report from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, 'Measuring Inflation'.
Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities Committee Report: The Future of Seaside Towns
Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0071
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming debate on the report from the Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities 'The Future of Seaside Towns'.
VAT on solar panels
Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8602
At present VAT is charged at the reduced 5% rate on the installation of energy saving materials (ESMs), including solar panels, in residential accommodation. The Government has introduced secondary legislation to amend the scope of the 5% rate to comply with European VAT rules (SI 2019/958). This is to take effect from 1 October 2019, although the Government has stated that the majority of solar panel installations is expected to be unaffected.

Topic: Taxation

Combat Air Strategy progress and next steps
Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0154
A Westminster Hall debate on the 'Combat Air Strategy progress and next steps’ has been scheduled for Thursday 27 June 2019, from 1:30-4:30pm. This Backbench Business debate will be led by Robert Courts MP.
Opposition Day Debate: Immigration
Published Monday, June 24, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0167
On 26 June 2019 there will be a half-day Opposition day debate on a Motion on Immigration in the name of the Scottish National Party. The debate will take place in the Chamber.

Topic: Immigration

Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Monday, June 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7912
This reading list brings together briefings on Brexit by the Parliamentary libraries and the Devolved Assembly research services with reports by Parliamentary and Devolved Assembly committees following the result of the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.
Evolution and changing composition of departmental select committees
Published Monday, June 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8603
Departmental select committees were first established in 1979. This briefing paper charts changes in their number and size over the 40 years since 1979.
The Universal Service Obligation (USO) for Broadband
Published Monday, June 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8146
This Commons Library Briefing provides information about the Government's Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband.
Replacement of EU structural funds for Least Developed Regions
Published Monday, June 24, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0163
A Westminster Hall debate on the replacement of EU structural funds for Least Developed Regions has been scheduled for Wednesday 26 June 2019, from 2:30-4:00pm. The debate will be led by Paul Blomfield MP.
Augar Review of Post-18 Education and Funding
Published Monday, June 24, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0070
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming House of Lords debate on the Augar Review of Post-18 Education and Funding.
Firearms
Published Monday, June 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8521
In the UK gun ownership is a privilege not a right. Firearms are heavily regulated. Not all guns can be licensed. Individuals seeking to own guns that can be licenced are vetted and approved by the police.

Topic: Firearms

The UK's contribution to the EU budget
Published Monday, June 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7886
This note considers how much the UK contributes to the EU budget and how much it receives back. Potential payments to the EU on or after Brexit - such as the exit bill - are also discussed.
Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: statistics
Published Monday, June 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05745
This is a purely statistical note on public sector borrowing (the budget deficit), public sector debt and government debt interest payments.

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