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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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Displaying 41-60 out of 8604

Brexit statements
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8467
This paper provides links to a selection of statements both written and oral that have referenced Brexit in the title or in the statement since the EU referendum. This paper will be updated periodically.
Making Tax Digital
Published Monday, June 17, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7949
In December 2015 HM Revenue & Customs published Making Tax Digital - its strategy to implement a new system of digital tax accounts to be used by businesses, the self-employed and landlords. Following a consultation exercise last year, in July 2017 the Government confirmed its plans to roll-out digital tax returns, but with an amended timetable in light of concerns about the potential impact on businesses. This paper discusses the background to this reform.

Topic: Taxation

Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Monday, June 17, 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.
Plastic waste
Published Monday, June 17, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8515
A House of Commons Library Briefing Paper on plastic waste in the UK, including statistics on plastic waste and information on UK Government and devolved Government plans and ambitions to reduce avoidable plastic waste and examples of voluntary initiatives from the plastics industry, environmental groups and retailers.
Commons Opposition Day debates since 1992
Published Monday, June 17, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06315
This Note lists opposition day debates in the House of Commons, by party and by session. The five tables cover different administrations:
Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published Monday, June 17, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill 2017-19
Published Monday, June 17, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8568
The Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill 2017-19 was introduced on 8 May 2019. It received a second reading on 21 May, and completed committee stage on 4 June. The Bill establishes the bodies that will be responsible for overseeing and delivering the restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster. This page includes a paper published before the Bill's second reading and a paper charting its progress through the House.
Brexit debates 2019
Published Monday, June 17, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8489
This paper provides links to a selection of debates that have referenced Brexit in the title or during a debate in 2019. This paper will be updated periodically.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, June 17, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday when the legislatures are in session.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, June 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
The Universal Credit assessment period and earned income
Published Friday, June 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8501
This Commons Library briefing looks at the problems working Universal Credit claimants can experience because of the assessment period rules, and at the implications of a recent High Court judgment.
National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill 2017-19
Published Friday, June 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8554
The National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill, Bill 381 of 2017-19, was presented on 25 April 2018.
Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill 2017-19
Published Friday, June 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8595
A briefing on the Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill 2017-19
Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, June 14, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0077
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill [HL], scheduled to take place on 25 June 2019.
Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme
Published Friday, June 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8369
The House debated the Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy Programme Team’s Delivery Report on 19 July and agreed a new parliament-wide Behaviour Code. Procedures for making complaints and obtaining support have been put in place. This briefing note reviews the debate, the report and the background to it. Dame Laura Cox's inquiry and the implementation of her recommendations are also discussed.
Unemployment - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, June 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02800
Unemployment: International Comparisons: Data on harmonised unemployment rates for major international economies.
Trade in services and Brexit
Published Friday, June 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8586
While the UK prepares to leave the EU, the future of services trade has received less attention in the public debate than trade in goods. The UK’s exposure to services trade means however that businesses in many sectors across the economy will be affected. This paper looks at the complexity of international trade in services and discusses what changes could take place under the different future scenarios.
The continued importance of International Humanitarian Law in protecting civilians in conflict
Published Thursday, June 13, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0152
A Westminster Hall debate on 'The continued importance of International Humanitarian Law in protecting civilians in conflict’ has been scheduled for Tuesday 18 June 2019, from 9:30-11:00am. The debate will be led by Ann Clwyd MP, Andrew Mitchell MP, Tom Brake MP and Stephen Twigg MP.
Free TV licences for the over-75s
Published Thursday, June 13, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN04955
This Library Briefing Paper looks at free TV licences for the over-75s

Topic: Broadcasting

Dangerous driving (e-petition 236952)
Published Thursday, June 13, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0155
The House of Commons Petitions Committee has scheduled a debate in Westminster Hall on the motion “That this House has considered e-petition 236952 relating to "Violet-Grace’s Law - Life sentences for Death by Dangerous Driving” on Monday 8 July at 4.30pm. Helen Jones MP, the Chair of the Committee, will open the debate.

Topics: Criminal law, Roads

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