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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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Brexit reading list: no deal
Published Friday, October 4, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8642
This paper provides links to a selection of 2019 publications by private sector organisations, think tanks, research institutes and other academic institutions on a no-deal exit from the EU.
Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Friday, October 4, 2019 | 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.
CCTV surveillance by your neighbour
Published Friday, October 4, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN01803
This Library Paper summarises what the law says on the domestic use of CCTV.

Topic: Privacy

Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, October 4, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02811
Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, October 4, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Increases in the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s
Published Thursday, October 3, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7405
Briefing on the legislation increasing the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s, and the campaigns against it

Topic: Pensions

Adult Social Care Funding (England)
Published Thursday, October 3, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7903
This Commons Library briefing paper examines the key funding pressures facing adult social care services in England and evidence of the impacts of these pressures on social care and health services. The paper explains the additional short-term, ring-fenced funding that has been committed to adult social care between 2016/17 and 2020/21, and outlines concerns about a social care funding gap and future financial uncertainty.
Deforestation in the Amazon
Published Thursday, October 3, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0220
MPs will debate e-petition 266638 relating to deforestation in the Amazon on 7 October in Westminster Hall. This House of Commons Library debate pack provides some background information and press and parliamentary coverage of the issue.
UK trade, 1948-2018: statistics
Published Thursday, October 3, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8261
Statistics on UK trade, 1948-2018
Knife crime statistics
Published Thursday, October 3, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN04304
Knife crime is a persistent and worrying concern, especially as it impacts particularly upon young people and the disadvantaged, and various remedies have been tried over the years.
UK aid: frequently asked questions
Published Thursday, October 3, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7996
What is aid? What is the UN 0.7% aid target and why has the UK adopted it? Which government departments spend UK aid? What impact does UK aid have? What will be the impact of Brexit on UK aid? These and other questions are answered in an accessible way in this briefing paper.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, October 3, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
House of Lords Rural Economy Committee Report: Time for a Strategy for the Rural Economy
Published Thursday, October 3, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0110
On 8 October 2019 Lord Foster of Bath (Liberal Democrat) is due to move that “this House takes note of the Report from the Select Committee on the Rural Economy Time for a strategy for the rural economy”. The report was published in April 2019, and the Government responded in July 2019. This briefing provides a short summary of the key elements of the report and responses, and a selection of further information on the topic of the rural economy.
Lengths of Prorogation since 1900
Published Thursday, October 3, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0111
Prorogation is the mechanism by which parliamentary sessions are ended. This House of Lords Library briefing sets out the start and end dates of each parliamentary session since 1900, together with the number of calendar days between the end of the previous session and the start of the new one.
VAT on solar panels
Published Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8602
At present VAT is charged at the reduced 5% rate on the installation of energy saving materials (ESMs), including solar panels, in residential accommodation. The Government has introduced secondary legislation to amend the scope of the 5% rate to comply with European VAT rules (SI 2019/958). This took effect from 1 October 2019, although the Government has stated that the majority of solar panel installations is expected to be unaffected.

Topic: Taxation

Select Committees in the House of Lords
Published Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0125
This House of Lords Library Briefing considers committees in the House of Lords which deal with public matters.
Burundi: October 2019 update
Published Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8675
Burundi has been in renewed crisis since 2015, when President Jean-Pierre Nkurunziza controversially stood for a third term in office and was re-elected. National elections are due again in 2020. President Nkurunziza has said that he will not stand again, but many are sceptical. There are widespread concerns that the conditions for reasonably free and fair elections next year will not be in place.
People with disabilities in employment
Published Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7540
This note summarises the key statistics available on disabled people in employment in the UK.
Special Educational Needs: support in England
Published Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN07020
This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the system of support for children and young people in England aged 0-25 with special educational needs (SEN). The briefing provides an overview of the new system introduced in 2014, the transitional arrangements, and how the new system differs from that which preceded it. It also includes a brief history of the movement towards reform that preceded the 2014 changes, and information on the impact of the new system available to date.
Regulating the Internet of Things
Published Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0221
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Thursday 3 October 2019 on regulating the internet of things. The debate will be opened by Chi Onwurah MP.

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