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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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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.
Income tax : increases in the personal allowance since 2010
Published Thursday, November 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06569
This note discusses the Coalition Government's policy over 2010-15 to increase the basic personal allowance each year, with the aim that the allowance should reach £10,000 by 2015, before looking at the current Government's approach to increasing both the personal allowance and the higher rate threshold - the point at which individuals start to pay the 40% top rate of tax.

Topic: Taxation

Autumn Budget & Finance Bill 2018/19
Published Thursday, November 15, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0241
The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented the Autumn Budget on 29 October. The Finance (No.3) Bill 2017-19 was published on 7 November, and the Bill's Second Reading was on 12 November.

Topic: Taxation

The EU27: Internal Politics and Views on Brexit
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | 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, also giving background on their internal politics and trade and economic statistics.
Fixed odds betting terminals
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06946
This Library briefing paper looks at the controversy over fixed odds betting terminals.

Topic: Gambling

Freedom of information requests
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02950
This Library Briefing Paper gives an overview of freedom of information requests.
Support for UK Veterans
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7693
This briefing paper details the support available to armed forces veterans in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Veterans' Strategy
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0253
A general debate on the ‘The Veterans’ Strategy’ has been scheduled for Thursday 15 November 2018 in the Main Chamber
Provision of legal services after the UK leaves the EU
Published Wednesday, November 14, 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.
Financial provision when a relationship ends
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05655
This Commons Library briefing paper deals with the law in England and Wales and relates to the division of a couple’s property and income when their marriage or civil partnership breaks down.
Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0121
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill on 23 November 2018.
House prices (UK): Social Indicators page
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02645
Trends in house prices and affordability in the UK.
Proposals to allow self-identification of gender
Published Wednesday, November 14, 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.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.

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