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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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Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, December 7, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
School meals and nutritional standards (England)
Published Friday, December 7, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04195
The main recent policy developments regarding school meals in England, including the revised school food standards and provision of free school meals.
Strategy for Disability Inclusive Development
Published Friday, December 7, 2018 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2018-0127
This briefing identifies relevant reports and useful documents, including recent parliamentary materials and press articles, which may be of assistance to Members in preparing for the debate on the Global Disability Summit and the Strategy for Disability Inclusive Development.
The UK's EU Withdrawal Agreement
Published Friday, December 7, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8453
This briefing looks in detail at the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the EU and UK and finalised on 14 November. It was endorsed by EU Member State leaders at a special European Council summit on 25 November and the UK Prime Minister has promoted it in the UK Parliament and around the country. But it will be debated at length in Parliament over the coming days before being put to the so-called 'meaningful vote' on 11 December.
Public sector employment by parliamentary constituency
Published Friday, December 7, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05635
This note analyses public sector employment by Parliamentary constituency.
Debate on an e-petition relating to the sale of products containing palm oil
Published Friday, December 7, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0272
A debate will be held on an e-petition relating to the sale of products containing palm oil on Monday 10 December 2018 in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm.
Challenges Facing Young People
Published Friday, December 7, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0137
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 13 December 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top (Labour), “that this House takes note of the challenges facing young people”.
Constitutional Issues and the Case for a UK-wide Constitutional Convention
Published Thursday, December 6, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0138
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on the motion scheduled to be moved by Lord Foulkes of Cumnock (Labour) on the “current constitutional challenges within the United Kingdom and the case for the establishment of a UK-wide constitutional convention to address issues of democratic accountability and devolution, particularly in England”.
250th Anniversary of the Royal Academy
Published Thursday, December 6, 2018 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2018-0126
This House of Lords Briefing pack contains a selection of material relevant to the forthcoming debate on the Government’s plans to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Academy of Arts, and the contribution made by the Academy to the artistic and cultural life of the country.
Science and Technology Committee Report: Off–site Manufacture for Construction
Published Thursday, December 6, 2018 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2018-0125
This Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming debate on the Report from the Science and Technology Committee, Off-site Manufacture for Construction: Building for Change (2nd Report, HL Paper 169).
Air passenger duty : recent debates & reform
Published Thursday, December 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05094
This note looks at the recent debate on taxing aviation, in the context of concerns about the structure of air passenger duty, the rates of tax, and the reform to the structure of APD in the 2014 Budget. The development of APD since its introduction is set out in two other Library notes (CBP413 & CBP6426).

Topics: Aviation, Taxation

Traidcraft and the future of fair trade
Published Thursday, December 6, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0275
There will be a general debate on Traidcraft and the future of fair trade in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 18 December at 9.30am. The debate is being led by Liz Twist MP.
Brexit questions in national and EU courts
Published Thursday, December 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8415
It has been predicted that Brexit issues will give rise to many legal actions in UK and other Member States' courts, and the Court of Justice of the EU. While there have not yet been a great many, several cases have been brought by UK citizens living in other EU Member States, while other cases have been interesting for their implications for the UK's future relations with the EU. This paper looks at issues that have been the subject of legal action in UK and EU courts.
Public Health Model to reduce youth violence
Published Thursday, December 6, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0274
A general debate on a Public Health Model to reduce youth violence is scheduled for Thursday 13 December 2018.
Publishing Government Legal Advice
Published Thursday, December 6, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0115
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides a brief overview of the role of the law officers and the convention on the publication of their legal advice to government in light of recent demands for the Government to publish the legal advice that is has been given regarding Brexit and the withdrawal agreement.
Democratic Republic of Congo: December 2018 update
Published Thursday, December 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8460
Two years later than scheduled, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is set finally to hold national elections on 23 December. Joseph Kabila, who many feared would never relinquish power, is now poised to stand down as president. So, will this be a turning-point for a country that has experienced violence and instability for decades? The omens do not look good – there is a real risk that the elections could destabilise the country further.
Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, December 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02811
Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.
Human Rights Day: 10 December 2018
Published Thursday, December 6, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0136
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on the international Human Rights Day, which takes place on 10 December 2018.
The United Nations Global Compact for Migration
Published Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8459
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will be formally adopted by most Member States of the United Nations, including the UK, in December 2018. This briefing explains what's in the Compact and its implications for Member States.
2019 Benefits Uprating
Published Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8458
2019/20 is the final year of the four-year freeze, which keeps most working-age benefits and tax credits at their 2015/16 cash values. Non-frozen benefits, mainly those aimed at disabled people and carers, rise in line with CPI inflation (+2.4%). The triple lock delivers a 2.6% increase to the new State Pension (£168.60 in 2019/20) and the Basic State Pension (£129.20).

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