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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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Economic Indicators, May 2019
Published Friday, May 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8579
Analysis of the latest UK and international economic indicators
Brexit: parliamentary scrutiny of UK replacement treaties
Published Friday, May 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8509
The UK is party to hundreds of international treaties with third states or organisations, many of them on trade, by virtue of its EU membership. To continue to benefit from the advantages of these agreements, the Government has been seeking to replace them in a UK bilateral context. The Government has prioritised trade agreements, but has also agreed replacement agreements covering aviation services and safety, and road transport, for example. But Parliament is not happy about the way the Government is carrying out this 'treaty continuity programme' and Committees in both Houses have called for a greater scrutiny role for Parliament in treaty-making processes. This paper looks at what has been going on and what Parliamentary Committees in both Houses have asked for. It includes a table showing where we are with these treaties so far and what sort of scrutiny they have undergone in their original form as EU treaties and currently as replacement treaties.
Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, May 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
Physical education and sport in schools
Published Friday, May 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06836
This briefing provides information on the provision of physical education and sport in schools, including National Curriculum requirements, funding, the School Games, and regulations relating to school playing fields.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, May 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Banking scams
Published Friday, May 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8545
This briefing answers frequently asked questions about banking scams, and describes: the scale of the problem; the types of scam; what help is available for victims; and, government and industry action.
GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, May 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
Leadership Elections: Conservative Party
Published Friday, May 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN01366
This House of Commons Library briefing paper sets out the current rules for election of a Conservative Party leader, and the background to their introduction.
Algerian spring?
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8578
The stand-off between demonstrators and the authorities in Algeria continues.

Topics: Africa, Middle East

UK replacement of the EU's external agreements after Brexit
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8370
The EU has over a thousand international agreements with non-EU countries, covering trade, aviation, nuclear co-operation and other issues. These will cease to apply to the UK when it leaves the EU. The Government has identified 158 agreements with non-EU countries that it is seeking in order to replace these arrangements in the event a no deal Brexit. Some agreements have already been concluded, but engagement is ongoing for most of these and some will not be in place by the scheduled Brexit day of 31 October.
Northern Ireland, Citizenship and the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8571
The definition of 'EEA citizen' in the rules for the Home Office's settled status scheme has recently changed. What are the consequences? How do these changes affect the people of Northern Ireland? Why are some people unhappy with these changes? What does British nationality law say about people born in Northern Ireland? How do these nationality laws interact with the birthright provision of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement? What does the European Convention on Human Rights say about identity and immigration? What do the people of Northern Ireland say when they are asked about their nationality? This paper looks at the complex issues behind all these questions.
Trade union access to workplaces
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0135
A Westminster Hall debate on 'Trade union access to workplaces‘ has been scheduled for Tuesday 4 June 2019 from 4.30-6pm. The debate has been initiated by Faisal Rashid MP.

Topic: Employment

Young People and Heritage Railways
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0060
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant to the forthcoming House of Lords debate on the report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail on ‘Engaging the Next Generation: Young People and Heritage Railways’.

Topic: Railways

Mortgage Prisoners and Vulture Funds
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0134
A debate on a Motion on Mortgage Prisoners and Vulture Funds has been scheduled for Thursday 6 June 2019. The debate has been initiated by Charlie Elphicke MP

Topic: Mortgages

Brexit timeline: events leading to the UK’s exit from the European Union
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7960
This paper provides a timeline of the major events leading up to the EU referendum and subsequent dates of note, looking ahead to expected events as the UK and EU negotiate the UK's exit.
Developments in Wind Power
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0602
UK power generation from wind has increased in recent years due to sharp reductions in the costs of constructing and operating wind power facilities. Onshore wind power provides the cheapest electricity of any form of new generation built, and offshore is expected to continue to reduce in cost. Generating wind power does not emit greenhouse gases, hence future growth will help the UK meet its GHG emissions reduction targets. This POSTnote examines the innovations that have enabled wind power cost reductions, associated policy considerations and challenges for future deployment.
House prices (UK): Social Indicators page
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02645
Trends in house prices and affordability in the UK.
Social care: Direct Payments from a local authority (England)
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN03735
This note is being updated and will be published shortly.
Air passenger rights, compensation & complaints
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8576
Passengers rights are guaranteed through a combination of EU regulation, international conventions and resolutions, as well as voluntary commitments of airlines. The applicability of these rights depends on the airline a person is travelling with and where they are departing from.

Topic: Aviation

Tidal Ranges
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0059
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming House of Lords debate on harnessing the potential of tidal ranges to generate renewable energy.

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