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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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Stalking: Developments in the law
Published Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06261
A Private Members' Bill with Government support aims to introduce new civil Stalking Protection Orders. The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 was introduced to deal with stalking, but critics argued that it was not effective enough. Scotland introduced a specific offence of stalking in 2010, and England and Wales created two new specific offences in 2012. Northern Ireland still relies on the more general offence of harassment.

Topic: Criminal law

The use of Section 21 evictions in the private rented sector
Published Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0258
On 6 December 2018, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on the Use of section 21 evictions in the private rented sector. The debate is scheduled to start at 1.30pm and the Member sponsoring this debate is Karen Buck MP.
Armed violence against farming communities in Nigeria
Published Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0257
A Westminster Hall debate on ‘Armed violence against farming communities in Nigeria’ has been scheduled for Tuesday 27 November 2018 from 9.30am to 11.00am. The debate has been initiated by Jim Shannon MP.

Topics: Africa, Human rights

Public service pensions - employer contributions
Published Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7539
Discusses the impact of reductions in the SCAPE discount rate used in valuations of unfunded public service pension schemes

Topic: Pensions

Brexit Glossary
Published Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7840
This Commons Library research briefing contains a list of commonly-used terms and acronyms that have needed clarification since the United Kingdom voted in the June 2016 EU referendum.
The Fisheries Bill 2017-19
Published Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8442
Second Reading of the Fisheries Bill 2017-19 will take place in the House of Commons on 21 November 2018. The Bill will allow the UK to manage fisheries within its territorial waters once it has left the Commons Fisheries Policy.
UK Trade by Country and Commodity or Service
Published Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0125
This House of Lords Library Briefing contains information on the UK’s international trade, both by country (or area, such as the EU) and by type of commodity or service being traded.
Number of urgent questions in the House of Commons since 1997
Published Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8344
Urgent questions are a category of oral questions that allow all MPs not in the Government to put a question to a minister without the usual notice required for oral question time and without the need to be drawn in a ballot.
Investing in nursing higher education in England
Published Monday, November 19, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0252
This House of Commons Library debate pack briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate entitled “Investing in nursing higher education in England”. This will be led by Ms Eleanor Smith MP and will take place in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 21st November from 2.30pm.
Brexit reading list: defence and security
Published Monday, November 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7742
The Commons Library has compiled a selection of analysis and comment on defence and security related matters, relevant to the UK's forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union.
Domestic violence in England and Wales
Published Monday, November 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06337
The Queen's Speech 2017 promises a draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, and measures in the Courts Bill to deal with suspects cross examining victims. This Briefing Paper looks at the background.
Parliamentary debate: 20/11/18: Road justice and the legal framework
Published Monday, November 19, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0250

Topic: Roads

Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, November 19, 2018 | 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.
Provision of legal services after the UK leaves the EU
Published Monday, November 19, 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.
Tax avoidance: recent developments
Published Monday, November 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7948
In recent years concerns as to the scale of mass marketed tax avoidance schemes have led to three major initiatives to undermine this market, and encourage a sea change in attitudes, both in the accountancy industry and its customers: the Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes regime (DOTAS); the General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR); and the system of follower notices & accelerated payments. Following these initiatives the Government has continued to introduce provisions to tackle both tax avoidance and tax evasion, including measures in both the Spring & Autumn Budgets last year, and the 2018 Budget. This note provides an introduction to the issue of tax avoidance, looking in detail at the development of follower notices and accelerated payments, before discussing the current Government’s approach, including the introduction of the 2019 Loan Charge.

Topic: Taxation

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

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.

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