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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.
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Legislating for Brexit: EU decisions
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8205
EU decisions form a large part of EU law but have not been much debated in the context of Brexit. There are different kinds of EU decisions and they are a the main instrument in the EU's foreign policy. This paper looks at the different types of EU decisions and how the EU Withdrawal Bill will deal with them.
E-petition 200165 relating to leaving the European Union
Published Thursday, January 18, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0007
This Debate Pack has been prepared for the 'debate on e-petition 200165, relating to leaving the European Union', to be held in Westminster Hall at 4:30pm. The Member opening the debate is Paul Scully MP.
Hybrid Bills: House of Commons Background Paper
Published Monday, January 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06736
This Background Paper outlines the procedures followed in considering a hybrid in the House of Commons.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: exit day
Published Monday, December 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8184
This briefing paper addresses the domestic legal concept of exit day, as defined by the provisions of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (EUW Bill) as introduced. The paper also addresses some of the amendments tabled relating to exit day, including those tabled by the Government and Sir Oliver Letwin. The paper has been prepared for day 8 of the Committee Stage of the EUW Bill in the House of Commons, scheduled to take place on 20 December.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: clause 7 “the correcting power”
Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8171
This briefing paper covers clause 7 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (EUW Bill), described by David Davis MP, the Secretary State for Exiting the European Union, as the “so-called correcting power”. The paper has been prepared for day 6, scheduled to take place on 12 December, of the Committee Stage of the EUW Bill in the House of Commons.
E-petitions 200004, 187570, 193282 and 200311 relating to a referendum on the deal for the UK’s exit from the European Union
Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0253
Debate Pack for the Westminster Hall debate on Monday 11 December at 4.30pm considering e-petitions 200004, 187570, 193282 and 200311 relating to a referendum on the deal for the UK’s exit from the European Union. The debate has been initiated by the Petitions Committee and will be led by Susan Elan Jones MP.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retained EU law
Published Friday, November 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8136
This briefing paper has been prepared for day 2, scheduled to take place on 15 November, of the Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (EUW Bill) in the House of Commons.
Select Committees in the House of Lords: Updated September 2017
Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0062
This House of Lords Library Note considers committees in the House of Lords which deal with public matters.
Pre-legislative scrutiny under the 2015 and 2017 Conservative Governments
Published Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7757
Pre-legislative scrutiny of draft bills or clauses in the 2015 Parliament.
House of Commons ballot bills since 1997
Published Monday, August 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04055
Ballot bills introduced in the House of Commons since 1997
Customs and Traditions of the House of Lords
Published Monday, August 7, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0050
This Lords Library briefing describes the customs, traditions, rules of behaviour and courtesies for both Members of the House and the Chamber, their historical origins and development, and their continuing importance to the manner in which the House conducts its business.
Wales and the Queen's Speech
Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0146
Westminster Hall debate on Wales and the Queen's Speech.
Successful Private Members' Bills since 1983
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04568
Private Members' bills introduced since 1983 that have received Royal Assent.
Number of public bills introduced and gaining Royal Assent since 1997
Published Monday, July 3, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02283
A table showing the number of public bills introduced by session in each parliament since 1997 and the number that gained Royal Assent, becoming Acts of Parliament.
The Estimates process and 2017-18 Main Estimates
Published Friday, June 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8028
The government gets Parliament's consent to spend money via the annual Estimates process. This note describes the decisions made by government departments when drafting their Estimates, the process that Parliament goes through to scrutinise and approve them, and some possible ways in which the process could be improved.
European Union (Approvals) Bill 2017-19
Published Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8025
What is an EU (Approvals) Bill and why is one needed now? This Bill concerns draft EU proposals concerning Albania and Serbia participating as observers in the EU's Fundamental Rights Agency, and an agreement between the EU and Canada on competition laws. This paper provides background on the proposals and explains why an Act of Parliament is needed for the UK Government to approve them in the Council of the European Union.
The 2017 French parliamentary elections
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8015
What next for President Macron's government after his party's emphatic victory in the 2017 parliamentary elections? What will be the impact on the other major parties and France's relations with the UK? This paper looks at the results of the National Assembly elections, how these work and the functioning of the party system in the Assembly. It also looks to the future, including the challenge's for President Macron's government and the other major parties.
Legislating for Brexit: the Great Repeal Bill
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7793
The UK Government triggered Article 50 on 29 March 2017, beginning the formal process of negotiating the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU). Leaving the EU will require major changes to the statute book and to the UK’s constitutional framework.
Expedited legislation: Government Bills receiving their Second and Third Reading on the same day in the House of Commons
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04974
A list of Government Bills since 1979 whose main Commons stages have been passed within one day

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