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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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Local government; Queen's Speech 2019
Published Monday, January 13, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8789
The debate on the Queens Speech (Motion for an Address) on Tuesday 14 January 2020 will be on education and local government. The debate is expected to start at 12.30 unless delayed by any ministerial statements or urgent questions.
Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, January 13, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments
Economic Indicators, December 2019
Published Monday, January 13, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8786
Analysis of the latest UK and international economic indicators
Increases in the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s
Published Monday, January 13, 2020 | 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

Recall of Parliament
Published Monday, January 13, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN01186
This House of Commons Library briefing paper discusses the procedure for recalling Parliament, as well as providing details of recent occasions when Parliament has been recalled.

Topic: Parliament

Electric vehicles and infrastructure
Published Monday, January 13, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7480
This paper explains what electric vehicles are and how successive governments have planned for infrastructure and provided vehicle grants and incentives to encourage and accommodate their growth. It also sets out how the electricity grid is preparing to accommodate any increased demand from EV charging and looks at comparative emissions from EVs and conventional vehicles.
Pension Protection Fund
Published Monday, January 13, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN03917
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) which was one of the measures set up by the Pensions Act 2004. It was in response to a series of high-profile cases in which pension schemes had wound up with insufficient assets to meet their pension commitments. The PPF started operations on 6 April 2005 and applies to schemes that started winding up after that date.

Topic: Pensions

The election of a Speaker
Published Monday, January 13, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN05074
This note briefly outlines the procedure for electing a Speaker. It reports the results of the election of new Speakers in 2009 and 2019; and the Procedure Committee's review of the 2009 election.
Pension Schemes Bill 2019-20
Published Monday, January 13, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8693
Information on the Pension Schemes Bill 2019-20 published in the House of Lords on 7 January 2020.

Topic: Pensions

Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) Schemes
Published Monday, January 13, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8674
Looks at legislation in the Pension Schemes Bill to provide a framework for Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) pension schemes

Topic: Pensions

Full-fibre broadband in the UK
Published Friday, January 10, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8392
A Commons Library Briefing on Government policy for building nationwide gigabit-capable full-fibre broadband.
Retrospective taxation
Published Friday, January 10, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN04369
Retrospective tax legislation imposes or increases a tax charge prior to the legislation being introduced. Although this is a controversial practice, retrospective provisions are often introduced to mitigate the risks to the Exchequer from tax avoidance.

Topic: Taxation

TV licence fee non-payment: should it be decriminalised?
Published Friday, January 10, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN06860
This Library Paper looks at the offence of not paying for a TV licence and what's been said on decriminalising it.

Topic: Broadcasting

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, January 10, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0011
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill on 13 January 2020. Committee stage is due to take place on 14, 15 and 16 January 2020, with report and third reading scheduled for 20 and 21 January 2020.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 10, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Environment Bill 2019-20
Published Friday, January 10, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8788
Environment Bill 2019-20 was introduced in the Queen's Speech on 19 December 2019. No date is yet available for the second reading.
Domestic Abuse Bill 2017-19 to 2019-20
Published Friday, January 10, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8787
Domestic Abuse Bill 2017-19 to 2019-20 was introduced in the Queen's Speech on 19 December 2019. No date is yet available for second reading.
Manufacturing: statistics and policy
Published Friday, January 10, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN01942
Data on the manufacturing sector, analysis of recent trends and pressures facing the sector, a summary of government policy and a discussion of the potential impact of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill
Published Friday, January 10, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8785
Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill [HL] 2019-20 was introduced in the House of Lords on 07.01.2020. No date is yet available for second reading
Social security benefits for older people with mobility needs
Published Friday, January 10, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN07160
Both Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment (which is replacing DLA) provide help with the extra costs disabled people face when getting around. The DLA or PIP mobility component can continue to be paid indefinitely, but there is an upper age limit for new claims - now the State Pension Age. This means that some older people cannot get benefits for mobility needs and cannot access linked schemes such as Motability.

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