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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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Cool conflicts in Russia’s near neighbourhood
Published Monday, January 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8477
For many former Soviet States, proximity to a resurgent Russia has given rise to territorial conflicts and thousands of deaths. This paper looks at the areas of conflict, the causes of the conflicts, Russia's role and international attempts to broker peace.
Widowed Parent's Allowance
Published Monday, January 21, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0006
This House of Commons landing page briefing has been published in advance of a debate on "Widowed Parent's Allowance". This will be led by Liz Saville Roberts MP and will take place in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 23rd January 2019, starting at 11am and lasting for 30 minutes.
International and EU students in higher education in the UK FAQs
Published Monday, January 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7976
This House of Commons briefing paper answers some frequently asked questions about international and EU students in the UK. It sets out statistics in this area and outlines policy issues including the potential impact of Brexit and the net migration target on international and EU student recruitment.
Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill 2017-19
Published Monday, January 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8332
The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill 2017-19 (HC Bill 219) was published on Wednesday 6 June 2018. Consideration of Lords amendments by the House of Commons is scheduled for 22 January 2019
Future of the water industry in England and Wales
Published Monday, January 21, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0008
MPs will debate the Water Industry, on 22 January 2019 at 9.30am, in Westminster Hall. This House of Commons Library debate pack provides background information as well as parliamentary material, press articles, and further suggested reading.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, January 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday when the legislatures are in session.
Mental health and the benefits assessment process
Published Monday, January 21, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0005
This House of Commons Library debate pack briefing has been published in advance of a debate entitled “Mental health and the benefits assessment process”. This will be led by Angela Crawley MP and will take place on 22 January 2019 in Westminster Hall, starting at 2.30pm.
Tenant Fees Bill 2017-19: update on progress in Parliament
Published Monday, January 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7955
The Tenant Fees Bill will abolish most upfront fees for tenants in England and cap security deposits at the equivalent of five weeks’ rent where the annual rent is less than £50,000. This paper provides background to the Bill, including information on current practice in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It explains the Bill's provisions and summarises reactions from tenants, landlords and letting agents. This paper has been updated to include issues raised during Public Bill Committee and subsequent Parliamentary stages. Consideration of Lords amendments is scheduled to take place on 23 January 2019.
Government motion to provide additional Fridays to debate private Members’ bills
Published Monday, January 21, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0012
On Wednesday 23 January 2019, a motion to provide an additional five days for PMBs is to be debated. Extra debating time is being provided because the current session is expected to run for two years.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, January 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Pension Credit - 2017 onwards
Published Friday, January 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8135
Looks at some of the issues currently raised in connection with Pension Credit - including the introduction of changes for 'mixed age couples'

Topic: Pensions

Balanced budget rule
Published Friday, January 18, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0007
On 23 January, there will be a Westminster Hall debate a balanced budget rule, sponsored by Lee Rowley MP. The debate is due to start at 2:30pm.
General debate on Holocaust Memorial Day 2019
Published Friday, January 18, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0011
There will be a general debate on Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 to be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 24 January 2019. The subject was determined by the Backbench Business Committee.
The EU27: Internal Politics and Views on Brexit
Published Friday, January 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8362
The other 27 EU Member States have maintained a largely united front in the Brexit negotiations. This paper examines the views of each of the EU27 on Brexit and any contingency planning for a possible no-deal Brexit. it also provides background on their internal politics and trade and economic statistics.
A debate on a motion on e-petition 229744 relating to college funding
Published Friday, January 18, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0009
On 21 January 2019, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on the motion "That this House has considered e-petition 229744 relating to college funding." The debate will begin at 4:30pm.
Local Authority Provision of Essential Services
Published Friday, January 18, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0006
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 24 January 2019 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Scriven (Liberal Democrat), “that this House takes note of the ability of local authorities across the United Kingdom to deliver essential services to their communities”.
Post-Brexit Immigration Policy and Recruitment of Modern Foreign Language Teachers and Public Service Interpreters
Published Friday, January 18, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0009
This Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming question for short debate on the recruitment of European Union and other foreign nationals to jobs in teaching modern foreign languages and public service interpreting.
Part-time undergraduate students in England
Published Friday, January 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7966
This House of Commons briefing note gives and overview of the current position of part-time undergraduate education in England. It gives an overview of the numbers of part-time students, the decline in part-time students and discusses the reasons for the decline and the impact on the higher education sector.
Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.

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