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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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Introduction to devolution in the UK
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8599
An introduction to the devolution settlements in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, London and parts of England.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0080
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill, scheduled to take place on 26 June 2019.
Debate on a Motion on Refugee Family Reunion
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0157
A Backbench Business debate on a Motion on refugee family reunion is scheduled in the Chamber on Thursday 20 June 2019. The debate is sponsored by Angus MacNeil MP.

Topic: Asylum

Devolution of the Adult Education Budget
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8596
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on the forthcoming devolution of the Adult Education Budget from the 2019-20 academic year.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Replacement of EU structural funds for Least Developed Regions
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0163
A Westminster Hall debate on the replacement of EU structural funds for Least Developed Regions has been scheduled for Wednesday 26 June 2019, from 2:30-4:00pm. The debate will be led by Paul Blomfield MP.
The JCPOA and rising US-Iran tensions
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8597
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the Iran nuclear agreement (the JCPOA) and recent developments between the US and Iran, following the attack on tankers in the Gulf in June 2019.
House prices (UK): Social Indicators page
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02645
Trends in house prices and affordability in the UK.
Court Closures and Access to Justice
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0156
General debate on Court Closures and Access to Justice to be held in the Commons chamber on Thursday 20 June 2019. The subject of the debate was determined by the backbench Business Committee following an application from Bambos Charalambous MP.

Topic: Courts

Live Animal Exports
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8031
Live animals are exported to EU countries from the UK for breeding, fattening, and slaughter. EU rules to protect the welfare of live animals during transport and related operations were agreed in 2004, and implemented in the UK in 2007. However, there are a number of ongoing campaigns calling for a ban on live exports for slaughter, on welfare grounds. The UK vote to leave the EU has prompted renewed calls for such a ban.
Political situation in Sudan
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0158
A Westminster Hall debate on the 'Political situation in Sudan’ has been scheduled for Thursday 20 June 2019, from 1:30-3:00pm. The debate will be led by Dr David Drew MP.

Topic: Africa

Treaty of Versailles: 100th Anniversary
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0079
On 28 June 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed in the Palace of Versailles, in the Hall of Mirrors. This briefing has been prepared in advance of the centenary. It provides an overview of the peace negotiations and a summary of the terms of the treaty.
Lords Membership: Lists of Current and Former Female Peers
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0078
This House of Lords Library briefing provides lists of the current and former female life Peers and the female hereditary Peers who have been Members of the House of Lords.
Personal service companies & IR35
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05976
The 'IR35' rules to prevent the exploitation of personal service companies for tax avoidance were introduced in April 2000, following a long and contentious consultation exercise. This legislation remains unpopular among freelancers who use this corporate form to provide services. This note looks at debates as to the effectiveness of these rules and wider concerns about the use of employment intermediaries to avoid tax, before discussing recent developments as to their application in the public and private sector.
Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0160
A Westminster Hall debate on The Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act is scheduled for Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 2.30 pm. The Member leading the debate is Frank Field MP.

Topics: Crime, Human rights

Public Bodies: Diversity on Boards
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0068
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming question for short debate on what action Her Majesty’s Government are taking to ensure that boards of public bodies are fully representative of, and reflect, the society they are set up to serve.
FAQs: Academies and free schools
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN07059
This briefing paper answers FAQs about academies and free schools in England. Topics covered include: academy conversion; school places; special educational needs provision; academy land disposal and sale; funding; and accountability.

Topic: Schools

The Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill 2017-19
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8164
The Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill 2017-19 is a Private Member's Bill that seeks to change the Rules for Redistribution of Parliamentary constituencies. This briefing summarises the main changes that the Bill would make if passed.
Combat Air Strategy progress and next steps
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0154
A Westminster Hall debate on the 'Combat Air Strategy progress and next steps’ has been scheduled for Thursday 27 June 2019, from 1:30-4:30pm. This Backbench Business debate will be led by Robert Courts MP.

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