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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.
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Stalking: Developments in the law
Published Monday, July 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06261
A Private Members' Bill with Government support aims to introduce new civil Stalking Protection Orders. The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 was introduced to deal with stalking, but critics argued that it was not effective enough. Scotland introduced a specific offence of stalking in 2010, and England and Wales created two new specific offences in 2012. Northern Ireland still relies on the more general offence of harassment.

Topic: Criminal law

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018: scrutiny of secondary legislation (Schedule 7)
Published Monday, July 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8329
This briefing paper reviews how proposals for negative statutory instruments made under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 will be scrutinised in the House of Commons.
Small claims for personal injuries including whiplash
Published Monday, July 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04141
This Commons Library briefing paper considers the Government's proposals to reform the whiplash claims process and to increase the small claims track limit for personal injury claims
An early history of British race relations legislation
Published Monday, July 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8360
This Library paper has been written to support the House of Commons ‘artist in residence’ project First Waves: Exploring the impact of race relations legislation in the UK. Scarlett Crawford has been commissioned by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art in the House of Commons to explore the impact of the 1965, 1968 and 1976 Race Relations Acts. This paper provides information on all three of these Acts. It explains their main provisions and looks at how they attempted to address racial discrimination in the UK.
Parliamentary boundary reviews: public consultations
Published Monday, July 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7696
The four boundary commissions in the UK have to allow for various stages of public consultation during their general reviews of Parliamentary constituencies. These are summarised in this paper. Section 2 gives the dates of the various stages of the current review.

Topic: Elections

Lessons from the collapse of Carillion
Published Monday, July 9, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0177
There will be a debate on Lessons from the collapse of Carillion in the House of Commons on Thursday 12 July.
A brief guide to previous British defence reviews
Published Monday, July 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7313
This Commons Library paper provides a short guide to the main recommendations of the defence reviews that have taken place since the end of the Second World War, and whether those recommendations subsequently lived up to events.
Shipbuilding
Published Monday, July 9, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0176
An Opposition Day Debate on ‘Shipbuilding’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 11 July 2018 in the Main Chamber.
Air passenger duty : recent debates & reform
Published Sunday, July 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05094
This note looks at the recent debate on taxing aviation, in the context of concerns about the structure of air passenger duty, the rates of tax, and the reform to the structure of APD in the 2014 Budget. The development of APD since its introduction is set out in two other Library notes (CBP413 & CBP6426).

Topics: Aviation, Taxation

Postal services
Published Friday, July 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06763
This note gives an overview of postal services in the UK. It discusses current regulation, market trends and consumer problems.
Productivity: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02791
Latest statistics showing changes in UK productivity and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries.
Brexit and European Citizenship
Published Friday, July 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8365
When the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 UK nationals will lose their right to EU citizenship. Although the draft withdrawal agreement contains provisions that will guarantee certain citizens' rights for UK citizens living in another EU Member State and for EU citizens living in the UK, they will not guarantee EU citizenship status. There have been proposals for a form of 'associate' EU citizenship, which does not at present exist and is not being discussed by the Brexit negotiators. This paper looks at the debate and at public support for such proposals.
The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill
Published Friday, July 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8126
This briefing paper has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House Commons on Monday 16 July on the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill - sometimes referred to as the Customs Bill.
Alcohol: objecting to a licence
Published Friday, July 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN03788
This Library Briefing Paper looks at the Licensing Act 2003 and how to object to a premises licence.

Topic: Licensing

Accountable Care Organisations
Published Friday, July 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8190
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the introduction of Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) in the NHS in England, the development of the ACO policy, and comment on its potential impact.
Defined Benefit Pension Schemes - 2018 White Paper
Published Friday, July 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8219
Looks at the issues discussed in Defined Benefit Pension Schemes White Paper published on 19 March 2018

Topic: Pensions

Children in pubs
Published Friday, July 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04908
This Library Briefing Paper looks at alcohol licensing and children.

Topic: Licensing

Alcohol: mandatory licensing conditions
Published Friday, July 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05351
This Library Briefing Paper describes the mandatory licensing conditions that apply to the sale of alcohol in England and Wales.

Topic: Licensing

Statutory Homelessness in England
Published Friday, July 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01164
This briefing paper provides statistics on statutory homelessness in England and explains local authorities' duties to assist homeless households. The paper includes an overview of, and comment on, Government policy in this area.
Standing at football
Published Friday, July 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN03937
This Library briefing paper looks at calls for the introduction of safe standing at grounds in the English Premier League and Championship.

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