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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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By-elections since the 2017 General Election
Published Friday, April 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8280
This Commons Library Briefing Paper sets out results of the by-elections held since the 2017 election. There have been three by-elections so far in this Parliament, the last was held in Newport West on the 4 April 2019. Full details are presented in the associated PDF but an overview of the recent by-election results are shown below.
Reserved matters in the United Kingdom
Published Friday, April 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8544
A briefing paper focusing on policy matters which remain "reserved" to Westminster concerning Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Prevention of retail crime
Published Friday, April 5, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0087
A Westminster Hall debate on the prevention of retail crime has been scheduled for Thursday 11 April 2019. The subject for debate has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee. The Member leading the debate is David Hanson MP.

Topic: Crime

Visas for non-EEA citizens working in the UK fishing industry
Published Friday, April 5, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0090
An Adjournment debate entitled "Visas for non-EEA citizens working in the UK fishing industry" is scheduled for Monday 8 April at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Alistair Carmichael MP.

Topic: Immigration

General Debate on UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Published Friday, April 5, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0088
The following material may assist Members during the general debate on the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Children's social care services in England
Published Friday, April 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8543
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the key challenges currently facing local authority children’s social care services in England, including: increasing demand for children’s social care; funding pressures; poor and inadequate services in some areas; workforce challenges; and poor outcomes for children in need.
Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02811
Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.
Women Members of Parliament: Background Paper
Published Friday, April 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06652
This briefing paper provides a list of all the women who have ever been elected to the House of Commons.
Returns to a degree
Published Friday, April 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8389
This House of Commons library briefing looks at the returns of participation in higher education and the benefits of higher education for individuals and society in the context of the rise in participation in higher education, changes in demand for graduates and graduate employment prospects.
Draft National Policy Statement for Water Resources Infrastructure 2018
Published Friday, April 5, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0037
This Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming debate on the draft National Policy Statement for Water Resources Infrastructure 2018.
The School Day and Year
Published Friday, April 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN07148
The rules and debate relating to the setting of school hours and term times. Do children benefit from a longer school day or year?

Topic: Schools

Introduction of the 2019 Loan Charge
Published Friday, April 5, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0078
On Thursday 4 April the House debated a motion relating to the introduction of the 2019 Loan Charge. The subject for the debate had been selected by the Backbench Business Committee.

Topic: Taxation

IR35 Tax Reforms
Published Friday, April 5, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0074
A Westminster Hall debate on IR35 Tax Reforms was held on Thursday 4 April 2019. The subject for debate was selected by the Backbench Business Committee. The Member leading the debate was Ged Killen MP.

Topic: Taxation

Construction Sector: Modernisation and Sustainable Housing Supply
Published Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0036
This House of Lords briefing pack contains a selection of material relevant to the forthcoming debate on the residential construction sector, modern methods of construction, and the steps being taken to boost the housing supply in a sustainable way.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Key documents : taxation
Published Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN04680
This note lists a series of key documents on taxation.

Topic: Taxation

Economic Assessments for the European Union
Published Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0035
This House of Lords briefing pack contains a selection of material relevant to the forthcoming debate on the Government’s assessment of the medium term economic and fiscal position for the purposes of submitting a convergence programme to the European Union.
General debate: Housing
Published Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0064
There will be a General Debate on the subject of housing on 9 April 2019. This landing page provides links to a selection of relevant Library papers.
Brexit statements
Published Thursday, April 4, 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.
European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill: Summary of Commons Stages
Published Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0042
This House of Lords Library Briefing covers the House of Commons stages of the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill. It may be of assistance to Members in the event that the bill is considered in the House of Lords on 4 April 2019.

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