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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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Pension Schemes Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, January 20, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0018
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading debate in the House of Lords on the Pension Schemes Bill [HL] on 28 January 2020. The briefing looks at the three principal areas the bill addresses: collective defined contribution pensions, the Pensions Regulator, and pensions dashboards.

Topic: Pensions

Firearms
Published Monday, January 20, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8521
In the UK gun ownership is a privilege not a right. Firearms are heavily regulated. Not all guns can be licensed. Individuals seeking to own guns that can be licenced are vetted and approved by the police.

Topic: Firearms

Country and regional public sector finances
Published Monday, January 20, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8027
This briefing looks at estimates of public spending and revenues in UK countries and regions.
Part-time undergraduate students in England
Published Monday, January 20, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7966
This House of Commons briefing note gives and overview of the current position of part-time undergraduate education in England. It gives an overview of the numbers of part-time students, the decline in part-time students and discusses the reasons for the decline and the impact on the higher education sector.
Select committees: election of chairs and members
Published Monday, January 20, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7176
This briefing paper outlines the timetable for the election of chairs and members of select committees in the three previous Parliaments (2010, 2015 and 2017). It reports the allocation of chairs between the parties and the results of the election of committee chairs in 2017.
Briefing for debate on 'National Productivity'
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2020-0008
A briefing for the Westminster Hall debate on ‘National Productivity’ to be held at 9.30am on Wednesday 22 January 2020.
Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill 2019-20
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8707
This Library briefing paper provides an analysis of the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill 2019-20. It includes background information and stakeholder comment. The Bill was introduced to the House of Commons and given its First Reading on 8 January 2020. Second reading is scheduled for 22 January 2020.
NHS Funding Bill (2019-20)
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8798
Language teaching in schools (England)
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7388
This House of Commons Library briefing discusses the requirements on schools in England to teach languages; the quality of provision; support for teaching; calls for improved standards; and relevant Government reforms.

Topics: Schools, Teachers

General debate on Holocaust Memorial Day 2020
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2020-0007
There will be a general debate on Holocaust Memorial Day in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 23 January 2020. The debate will be on the motion: That this House has considered Holocaust Memorial Day 2020.
Contribution of music to the economy and society
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2020-0005
A Westminster Hall debate on the contribution of music to the economy and society is scheduled for Tuesday 21 January at 2.30 pm. The Member is Conor McGinn MP.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
Gene Editing: Recent Developments and Scientific Status
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0017
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared ahead of a debate due to take place on 30 January 2020 on the motion moved by Baroness Bakewell (Labour) “that this House takes note of recent developments in the field of gene editing and its status in scientific research around the world”.
Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7912
This reading list brings together briefings on Brexit by the Parliamentary libraries and the Devolved Assembly research services with reports by Parliamentary and Devolved Assembly committees following the result of the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.
Misuse of Civilian Drones
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0610
Drones (also known as unmanned aircraft) are flying systems that do not carry a pilot. As the technology has become cheaper and more sophisticated, the use of drones for recreational and commercial purposes has grown, with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) reporting a significant increase in the number of permissions obtained for operating commercial drones in the UK. Despite their potential to reduce costs, improve efficiency and provide new services, drones may be misused accidentally or for malicious purposes. For example, reports of drone sightings at Gatwick Airport in December 2018 grounded around 1,000 flights for almost 36 hours, affecting more than 140,000 passengers. In 2018, the Government introduced new limits on where drones can be flown and new registration and education requirements for drone operators and pilots. In January 2020, the new Government introduced an Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill to Parliament that included new police powers for enforcing aviation laws (such as the power to issue a fixed penalty notice for certain drone offences). This POSTnote looks at civilian drones and their applications, focusing on potential misuse and possible responses.
International Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Constitutional Conventions and Citizens' Assemblies: power to the people?
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN07143
This House of Commons Library briefing paper describes the theory and practice of constitutional conventions and citizens' assemblies.
NHS Expenditure
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN00724
NHS Expenditure by Rachael Harker. Documents NHS expenditure since 1948; summary of the structure of the NHS and how it is financed.
Regulation of fireworks
Published Thursday, January 16, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN05704
There are strict rules in place in the UK regulating the sale, possession and use of fireworks. This Commons briefing paper provides an overview of the current legislative provisions regulating the supply and use of fireworks in England & Wales and (in the main) Scotland.

Topic: Consumers

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