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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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Brexit delayed: the European Council Conclusions on extending Article 50
Published Friday, March 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8533
With a week to go until the UK was due to leave the EU, EU leaders have agreed to delay Brexit. But unless the House of Commons approves the Withdrawal Agreement next week the UK could be faced with a choice between leaving the EU with no deal on 12 April or coming up with an alternative plan that could mean a longer extension and taking part in the European Parliament elections
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, March 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02802
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England’s and international, quantitative easing policy.
Debate on a Motion of Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993
Published Friday, March 22, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0075
This landing page gives background to the debate on a motion of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993, which will take place on 26 March 2019.
Brexit: parliamentary scrutiny of UK replacement treaties
Published Friday, March 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8509
The UK is party to hundreds of international treaties with third states or organisations, many of them on trade, by virtue of its EU membership. To continue to benefit from the advantages of these agreements, the Government has been seeking to replace them in a UK bilateral context. The Government has prioritised trade agreements, but has also agreed replacement agreements covering aviation services and safety, and road transport, for example. But Parliament is not happy about the way the Government is carrying out this 'treaty continuity programme' and Committees in both Houses have called for a greater scrutiny role for Parliament in treaty-making processes. This paper looks at what has been going on and what Parliamentary Committees have asked for. It includes a table showing where we are with these treaties so far and what sort of scrutiny they have undergone.
Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19: Progress of the Bill
Published Friday, March 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8532
The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19 has been reported to the House with no amendments. The Bill is due to have its Report Stage and Third Reading on a date to be announced.
Brexit: Debate under Section 13(6)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018
Published Friday, March 22, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0024
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the Brexit debate under section 13(6)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 25 March 2019. It includes a briefing published by the Library on 21 March 2019 and supplements it with additional material published after the European Council meeting on the evening of 21 March 2019.
Recall elections
Published Friday, March 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05089
Recall is used to describe a process where the electorate in an area can trigger a special election to remove an elected representative before the end of their term. A recall procedure was introduced in the UK in 2015. It only applies to Members of Parliament.
The late night levy
Published Friday, March 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN07100
This Library Briefing Paper looks at the late night levy.

Topic: Licensing

Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published Friday, March 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
Planning Appeals
Published Friday, March 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06790
This note provides information about planning appeals in England; what can be appealed, who can appeal and other routes of address for people unhappy with planning decisions.

Topic: Planning

Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, March 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Brexit timeline: events leading to the UK’s exit from the European Union
Published Friday, March 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7960
This paper provides a timeline of the major events leading up to the EU referendum and subsequent dates of note, looking ahead to expected events as the UK and EU negotiate the UK's exit.
Knives and offensive weapons
Published Thursday, March 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN00330
This briefing provides information on the two main categories of offence relating to knives and offensive weapons in England and Wales: offences relating to possession and offences relating to sale and supply. It also describes police guidance on cautioning and charging and the Government's policy on knife crime.
Overseas Electors Bill 2017-19
Published Thursday, March 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8223
The Overseas Electors Bill 2017-19 is a Private Member’s Bill to extend the basis on which British citizens outside the UK qualify to participate in Parliamentary elections. It will remove the '15-year rule' which prevents British citizens living overseas from registering to vote if they have lived abroad for more than 15 years.

Topic: Elections

Q&A: solar panels
Published Thursday, March 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8090
This Commons briefing paper attempts to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about solar panels.

Topics: Consumers, Energy

Brexit: Further Recent Developments
Published Thursday, March 21, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0036
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate scheduled to take place on 25 March 2019 on exiting the European Union. It covers recent developments, including the UK’s request to the European Council for agreement to extend article 50 to 30 June 2019. It was published before the European Council meeting on 21 March 2019.
Brexit: contingency planning and powers
Published Thursday, March 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8488
Media reports have speculated on whether the Government might be preparing to use its emergency powers conferred by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 to manage various problems commentators have suggested may emerge after Brexit, particularly if there is no deal.
Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, March 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
Extending Article 50: could Brexit be delayed?
Published Thursday, March 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8496
With the UK due to leave the EU next week and no Withdrawal Agreement as yet approved by the House of Commons, the Government has requested that the EU agree an extension to the Article 50 period in order to delay Brexit. Under what scenarios could an Article 50 extension be agreed with the EU? And could this lead to the UK taking part in the European Parliament elections?
The Commonwealth
Published Thursday, March 21, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0023
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming debate on the Commonwealth.

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