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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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Impact of Fiscal Policies on Recruitment, Retention and Conditions of NHS Staff
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0087
This House of Lords Library briefing has been written ahead of a debate in the House of Lords on 30 November 2017 on the impact of Her Majesty’s Government’s fiscal policies on the recruitment, retention and conditions of NHS staff.
Brexit: the November negotiations
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8159
Was progress made in the sixth round of Brexit negotiations? This paper looks at what happened in the latest round of talks in each of the priority areas and at other developments linked to Brexit in the UK and the EU.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Devolution
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8154
Read about the parts of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill concerning devolution, ahead of the House of Commons consideration of them in committee.
The National Minimum Wage: rates and enforcement
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06898
A briefing paper on National Minimum Wage rates and enforcement; part of a wider series on the National Minimum Wage.
Employment tribunal fees
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07081
Employment tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013, and declared unlawful by the Supreme Court in July 2017.

Topics: Courts, Employment

VAT on tourism
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | 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

Russia 2017
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8157
Theresa May had some sharp words for Russia in her speech to the Lord Mayor's Banquet in November 2017

Topic: Russia

Introducing a voluntary Right to Buy for housing association tenants in England
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7224
This House of Commons Library briefing explains proposals to extend the Right to Buy to assured tenants of housing associations on a voluntary basis. No implementation date for full roll-out has been announced. A large regional pilot scheme will begin in the Midlands in 2018 which will last for one year.
Public engagement in the UK Parliament: overview and statistics
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8158
This Commons Library Briefing Paper gives an overview of public engagement activities undertaken by the UK Parliament and their reach.

Topic: Parliament

Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
Devolution to local government in England
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07029
This Commons Library briefing paper summarises the main developments regarding the process of devolution of powers to local government within England since 2014. It covers the devolution deals agreed between the Government and local areas up to July 2016, including the powers to be devolved, the procedures required for devolution to take place, and reactions to the policy from the local government and policy-making worlds.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: statistics
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05745
This is a purely statistical note on public sector borrowing (the budget deficit), public sector debt and government debt interest payments.
GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
Rohingya crisis
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0238
This Debate Pack has been prepared for the debate on the 'Rohingya crisis', to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 28 November 2017, from 2:30-4:00pm, initiated by Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP.

Topic: Asia

Public Finances: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02812
Latest data on government net borrowing and net debt.
Animal Sentience and Brexit
Published Thursday, November 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8155
This is brief provides an overview of the debate over the recognition of animal sentience in UK law after Brexit
VAT Registration
Published Thursday, November 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00963
All businesses must register for VAT if their turnover of taxable goods and/or services is above a given threshold. This note discusses how the registration threshold has been set in recent years and the debate there has been about whether the threshold is too high or too low.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, November 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
Autumn Budget & Finance (No.2) Bill 2017
Published Thursday, November 23, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0244
The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, presented the Government's first Autumn Budget on 22 November 2017. The Government has stated that it will publish the Finance Bill, to implement the tax measures contained in the Budget, on Friday 1 December, and the Bill's Second Reading is scheduled to be on Monday 11 December.

Topic: Taxation

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