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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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House of Lords: Backgrounds in Public Life—April 2019
Published Friday, April 12, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0043
This House of Lords Library Briefing presents lists of current Members of the House, as at 5 April 2019, who have held roles across government, defence, law, policing, media and other areas of public life.
Leasehold and commonhold reform
Published Friday, April 12, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8047
This briefing paper considers 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 could be submitted up to 7 January 2019. An additional consultation exercise on commonhold was launched on 10 December; consultation on the Right to Manage was opened at the end of January 2019.
The UK's EU Withdrawal Agreement
Published Thursday, April 11, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8453
This briefing looks in detail at the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the EU and UK and finalised on 14 November. It was endorsed by EU Member State leaders at a special European Council summit on 25 November and the UK Prime Minister has promoted it in the UK Parliament and around the country. The Agreement has been debated at length in Parliament on several occasions and, with the Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relationship, has been put to the so-called 'meaningful vote' twice - in January and March 2019. But the House of Commons has not yet endorsed it and time is running out for UK approval before the default exit date of 29 March 2019.
The Fisheries Bill 2017-19
Published Thursday, April 11, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8442
Committee stage of the Fisheries Bill 2017-19 in the House of Commons was completed on 17 December 2018. The Bill will allow the UK to manage fisheries within its territorial waters once it has left the Commons Fisheries Policy. There is no date set for Report.
Frozen Overseas Pensions
Published Thursday, April 11, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN01457
Looks at why the UK state pension is not uprated in some overseas countries, the debates on this policy and the recent legal challenge.

Topic: Pensions

Business Appointment Rules
Published Thursday, April 11, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN03745
Ministers and civil servants leaving office are subject to rules regarding appointment in other sectors. These rules, known as the Business Appointment Rules, exist to prevent former civil servants and ministers being able to profit from their knowledge of and contacts within Whitehall, and to prevent any perception of wrongdoing. The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACoBA) administers the rules.
Military coup in Sudan
Published Thursday, April 11, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8546
The armed forces take power in Sudan, removing President Omar al-Bashir from power. This short briefing paper looks at recent developments.
Advances in Cancer Treatment
Published Thursday, April 11, 2019 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0598
A POSTnote that gives an overview of recent advances in cancer treatment, the potential benefits and risks, and considers the opportunities and challenges to using new technologies in the NHS.
Off-rolling in English schools
Published Thursday, April 11, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8444
This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of the concerns that increasing numbers of children in England are being 'off-rolled' - being excluded or otherwise leaving school for reasons that do not serve their best interests

Topics: Ofsted, Schools

Public service pensions - employer contributions
Published Thursday, April 11, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7539
Discusses the impact of reductions in the SCAPE discount rate used in valuations of unfunded public service pension schemes

Topic: Pensions

Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 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.
GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, April 11, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
Update on vice-chancellors pay in higher education institutions in England
Published Thursday, April 11, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8526
This House of Commons briefing paper gives an update on vice-chancellors pay in higher education in England since the introduction of the Committee of University Chairs Senior Staff Remuneration Code in 2018 and the publication of the Office for Students first annual report on senior staff remuneration in February 2019.
Gurkha Pensions
Published Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN04375
This note looks at pension arrangements for Gurkhas
Social care: forthcoming Green Paper (England)
Published Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 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 earliest opportunity”. A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the bottom of this page.
Research and development spending
Published Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN04223
R&D spending in the UK. Including analysis of R&D by region and industry, and international comparisons of R&D.
Brexit and state pensions
Published Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7894
This Commons Library briefing looks at EU law providing for the co-ordination of State Pension entitlement and the possible impact of Brexit

Topic: Pensions

Manufacturing: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05206
Manufacturing: Data on manufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.
Home education in England
Published Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05108
This briefing provides information on home education in England and outlines current and past proposals for reform. It also notes issues raised with regards to home education and briefly summarises the relevant sections of selected reports. Education is a devolved issue; the briefing covers the position in England only.
Junk Mail
Published Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05762
This note provides an outline of what an individual can do to stop junk mail and to remove their name from direct marketing mailing lists. It also briefly considers how unsolicited emails (known as "spam") can be stopped through the use of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.

Topic: Consumers

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