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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.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
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Petrol and diesel prices
Published Tuesday, December 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04712
Average mid-November prices for petrol and diesel were 128.9 and 137.1 pence per litre respectively. Both have increased over the previous 12 months. The UK has the 12th highest petrol and 3rd highest diesel prices in the EU
Common Financial Services Questions
Published Monday, December 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7262
This Paper looks at a broad range of financial service and financial institution's issues.
Stalking and Harassment
Published Monday, December 17, 2018 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0592
Stalking and harassment both involve any repeated behaviour that would cause alarm, distress or fear of violence in a victim. Common stalking or harassment behaviours include unwanted contact online or in person, following a victim, and interfering with property. Stalking is characterised by a perpetrator’s fixation or obsession and can have long-term psychological and social effects on a victim. Stalking also has the potential to escalate to other crimes, such as sexual assault or murder. This POSTnote describes stalking and harassment before presenting evidence on the effectiveness of approaches to identifying, preventing and prosecuting these crimes.
Late Payment of debts
Published Monday, December 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06640
This note provides a history of the UK's legislation and other initiatives on late payment of debts.
Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill
Published Monday, December 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8466
This Commons Library briefing provides an overview of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, and the debates and amendments made during the Bills Lords stages, ahead of its Second Reading in the Commons on 18 December 2018.
UN report on the Rohingya refugee crisis
Published Monday, December 17, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0280
A debate on the ‘UN report on the Rohingya crisis’ has been scheduled for Thursday 20 December 2018 in the Main Chamber. The debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee after a representation from Rushanara Ali MP and Anne Main MP.

Topics: Asia, Human rights

New-build housing: construction defects - issues and solutions (England)
Published Sunday, December 16, 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.
Social care: forthcoming Green Paper (England)
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8002
This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at the forthcoming Green Paper on social care for adults. Its publication has been further delayed – it will now be published “at the first opportunity in 2019”. A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the bottom of this page.
National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and the self-employed
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7918
This paper looks at the way in which the self-employed are treated for the purposes of National Insurance, in the context of proposals made in the 2015 Budget to scrap Class 2 National Insurance contributions (NICs), and proposals in the Spring 2017 Budget to increase the rate of Class 4 NICs. In the latter case, the Government cancelled its plans a few days after the Budget, and in the former case announced in September 2018 that it would not proceed with the abolition of Class 2 NICs during this Parliament.
Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill 2017-19
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8185
This Commons Library briefing paper provides the background to Karen Buck's Private Members' Bill on housing fitness, and explains its provisions and amendments made at Committee Stage. The Bill is seeking to require that residential rented dwellings in England are fit for human habitation at the start of the tenancy and thereafter. The Bill's Third Reading in the House of Lords is scheduled for 19 December 2018.
Traidcraft and the future of fair trade
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0275
There will be a general debate on Traidcraft and the future of fair trade in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 18 December at 9.30am. The debate is being led by Liz Twist MP.
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02802
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England’s and international, quantitative easing policy.
Expedited legislation: Public bills receiving their Second and Third Reading on the same day in the House of Commons
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04974
This briefing notes public bills that have received their Second and Third Reading on the same day.
MPs' changes of party allegiance in the House of Commons since 1979
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02537
This list notes when a Member has changed allegiance from one political party to another or decided to sit as an independent MP. Instances of Members losing or resigning a party whip are also noted.
Mental health support for firefighters
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0277
A Westminster Hall debate on Mental health support for firefighters is scheduled for Tuesday 18 December 2018 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Emma Dent Coad MP.
Air passenger duty and regional airports
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7333
Air passenger duty (APD) is charged on all passenger flights from UK airports. Some regional airports have campaigned for lower rates of tax being charged on flights from the regions.

Topics: Aviation, Taxation

Islamophobia in the UK
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0142
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 20 December 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Sheikh (Conservative) “that this House takes note of the impact of Islamophobia in the United Kingdom”.
Leasehold and commonhold reform
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8047
This briefing paper considers recent trends in leasehold ownership and ongoing problems associated with the sector. The Government has committed to legislation; on 20 September 2018 the Law Commission published detailed proposals on leasehold enfranchisement and lease extensions. Responses can be submitted up to 7 January 2019. An additional consultation exercise on commonhold was launched on 10 December and a future consultation is expected on the Right to Manage.
Naval Shipbuilding
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2018-0132
This Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming question for short debate on naval shipbuilding.

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