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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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Registers of beneficial ownership
Published Friday, March 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8259
This briefing looks at the development of beneficial ownership registers in the UK and around the world.
Extending Article 50: could Brexit be delayed?
Published Friday, March 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8496
With two weeks to go before the UK is due to leave the EU and no Withdrawal Agreement as yet approved by the House of Commons, the Government has said it will seek to agree an extension to the Article 50 period with the EU in order to delay Brexit day. 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?
Income inequality in the UK
Published Friday, March 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7484
This briefing paper looks at trends in income inequality in the UK over the last 50 years.
Full-fibre networks in the UK
Published Friday, March 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8392
A Commons Library Briefing on the Government’s policy for building a UK-wide full-fibre broadband network by 2033. It covers what is full-fibre broadband compared to superfast broadband and the Government's strategy for promoting full-fibre set out in its Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR), published in July 2018.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, March 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
Nuisance Calls: Unsolicited sales and marketing, and silent calls
Published Friday, March 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06033
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper sets out the regulations which seek to address nuisance calls, including unsolicited sales and marketing calls, and the main ways in which individuals can try to reduce the number of unwanted calls or texts they receive.
General debate on the effect of leaving the European Union on the UK’s health and social care sector
Published Friday, March 15, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0066
Commons Library reading list for general debate on the effect of leaving the European Union on the UK’s health and social care sector.
Returning terrorist fighters
Published Friday, March 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8519
This paper looks at the possible options for dealing with returning terrorist fighters
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, March 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Energy bills and the price cap
Published Friday, March 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8081
This Library briefing paper provides a summary of the UK energy market, a breakdown of the components of energy bills, and details of concerns and reforms in the market, including the price caps.
Gambling-related harm
Published Friday, March 15, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0068
A Westminster Hall debate on gambling-related harm is taking place on 19 March 2019. The Member leading the debate is Ronnie Cowan MP.

Topic: Gambling

Brexit timeline: events leading to the UK’s exit from the European Union
Published Friday, March 15, 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.
The Universal Credit assessment period and earned income
Published Friday, March 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8501
This Commons Library briefing looks at the problems working Universal Credit claimants can experience because of the assessment period rules, and at the implications of a recent High Court judgment.
Tax relief on landlords' finance costs: s24 of Finance (No.2) Act 2015
Published Friday, March 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06361
This note looks at the way that landlords have been able to offset their finance costs against tax, the changes made to these rules by s24 of Finance (No.2) Act 2015, and the debate there has been over their likely impact. It looks briefly at the introduction from April 2016 of higher rates of stamp duty on the purchase of additional residential properties, as the Government has explicitly linked these two measures as being targeted to help first time buyers.

Topic: Taxation

Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, March 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Reviewing and reforming local government finance
Published Friday, March 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7538
A briefing paper covering the Fair Funding Review and business rate retention in English local government.
Local Growth Deals
Published Thursday, March 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN07120
This note looks at the creation of the Single Local Growth Fund and the process of allocating Growth Deal funding to Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Sitting Members imprisoned since 1945
Published Thursday, March 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN04594
A list of imprisoned MPs showing length of sentence, reason for imprisonment and date the House was notified.
Confidence motions
Published Thursday, March 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02873
On 16 January 2019, the House debated a motion of no confidence in Her Majesty's Government, tabled by the Leader of the Opposition, in accordance with the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. Provision was made for a full day's debate on the motion of no confidence. The motion was defeated.
The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc) Bill: Lords Amendments
Published Thursday, March 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8529
Consideration by the House of Commons of Lords amendments to the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill is due to take place on 15 March 2019

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