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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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New-build housing: construction defects - issues and solutions (England)
Published Sunday, November 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7665
This briefing paper considers the existing building control regime and customers’ means of redress when faced with defects in newly built housing. It summarises the findings of the All-Party Parliamentary Group's 2016 inquiry and recommended actions and explains the Government and industry response.
Mobile (park homes): 10% commission on sales
Published Friday, November 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07003
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains the requirement to pay 10% commission on the sale price of a mobile home to the site owner and provides information on various reviews of that requirement. Mobile home owners regard the commission charge as "unfair and out of date", whilst site owners regard it as an important source of income.
Increases in the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s
Published Friday, November 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7405
Briefing on the WASPI campaign and the impact of legislation increasing the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s

Topic: Pensions

Provision of legal services after the UK leaves the EU
Published Friday, November 16, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0255
A Westminster Hall debate on Provision of legal services after the UK leaves the EU is scheduled for Wednesday 21 November 2018 at 4.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Jonathan Djanogly MP.
Proposals to allow self-identification of gender
Published Friday, November 16, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0254
A Westminster Hall debate on Proposals to allow self-identification of gender is scheduled for Wednesday 21 November 2018 at 9.30am. The Member leading the debate is David T C Davies MP.
Fixed odds betting terminals
Published Friday, November 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06946
This Library briefing paper looks at the controversy over fixed odds betting terminals.

Topic: Gambling

"The settled will"? Devolution in Scotland, 1998-2018
Published Friday, November 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8441
"The settled will"? Devolution in Scotland, 1998-2018
UN Sustainable Development Goals: Integration into UK Policy
Published Friday, November 16, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0124
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 22 November 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Baroness Suttie (Liberal Democrat), “that this House takes note of the progress made across government departments in integrating the universal sustainable developments goals into domestic policy in preparation for the United Kingdom’s Voluntary National Review presentation at the United Nations in September 2019”.
Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) [HL] Bill (2018-19)
Published Friday, November 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8440
The Government introduced a Bill into the House of Lords in May 2018 to reform the Courts and Tribunals system in (predominantly) England and Wales. This paper sets out the key provisions and issues raised by the Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) [HL] Bill 2017-19. The Bill was introduced into the Commons on 13 November 2018, with a Second Reading anticipated on 26 November 2018
Devolution in Northern Ireland, 1998-2018
Published Friday, November 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8439
Devolution in Northern Ireland, 1998-2018
Armed Forces Covenant
Published Friday, November 16, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0256
A general debate on the ‘Armed Forces Covenant’ has been scheduled for Thursday 22 November 2018 in the Main Chamber.

Topic: Armed forces

Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published Friday, November 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, November 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, November 15, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0123
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill which is due to receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 23 November 2018.
Displaced Children
Published Thursday, November 15, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0122
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 22 November 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale (Labour), “that this House takes note of the numbers of children displaced from their homes internationally, and the actions undertaken by the Government, the European Union and the United Nations to support them.
Draft Withdrawal Agreement: 7 sites you should bookmark
Published Thursday, November 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8438
The Government has now published 3 key documents on the Brexit deal: a draft Withdrawal Agreement, an outline of the political declaration, and an explainer on the Northern Ireland Protocol. The same documents can also be found on the EU's Taskforce 50 website. The links to these documents can be found below.
VAT on tourism
Published Thursday, November 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06812
This note gives a short introduction to the way VAT works, and the significance of EU VAT law for setting VAT rates, before discussing the campaign for a lower VAT rate on tourist services.

Topics: Taxation, Tourism

The Post Office
Published Thursday, November 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7550
This briefing paper contains information on the Post Office.
E-petition 219905 relating to leaving the European Union
Published Thursday, November 15, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0248
A debate will be held in Westminster Hall on Monday 19 November at 4.30pm on e-petition 219905 relating to leaving the European Union. Liz Twist MP will lead the debate.
Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, November 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.

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