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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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A Quick Guide to the Railways
Published Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04128
This paper provides a brief outline of the GB rail industry, including the bodies responsible for delivering services, how new schemes are chosen and financed.

Topic: Railways

Russian intelligence services and special forces
Published Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8430
Russian intelligence services hit the front pages to an unprecedented degree in October 2018

Topic: Russia

Adult further education funding in England since 2010
Published Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7708
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides a summary of how funding for adult further education (including apprenticeships) in England has changed since 2010.
Brexit - implications for private pensions
Published Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7629
Looks at the emerging discussion about the potential implications of Brexit for EU pensions

Topic: Pensions

GMP equalisation
Published Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8427
Looks at the debate around the equalisation of GMPs and the recent High Court judgment in relation to the Lloyds Bank pension scheme

Topic: Pensions

Reforming the regulation of shisha lounges
Published Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0270
A debate will be held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 5 December 2018 from 2.30-4pm on reforming the regulation of shisha lounges. The debate will be opened by Shabana Mahmood MP.

Topic: Smoking

Future of free schools and academies in England
Published Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0268
On 5 December 2018, at 9:30am, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on the Future of free schools and academies in England, sponsored by Greg Hands MP.

Topic: Schools

The Fisheries Bill 2017-19
Published Monday, December 3, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8442
Second Reading of the Fisheries Bill 2017-19 will took place in the House of Commons on 21 November 2018. The Bill will allow the UK to manage fisheries within its territorial waters once it has left the Commons Fisheries Policy.
Fisheries: Brexit Negotiations
Published Monday, December 3, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8396
Following Brexit, the UK will no longer be part of the EU Common Fisheries Policy. It will become an independent coastal state and be fully responsible for managing fisheries in the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone of 200 miles.
Hereditary By-elections: Results
Published Monday, December 3, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0129
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a list of hereditary peers’ by-election results since the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, including information on turn out and the number of candidates.
The use of section 21 evictions in the private rented sector
Published Monday, December 3, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0258
On 6 December 2018, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on the use of section 21 evictions in the private rented sector. The debate is scheduled to start at 1.30pm and the Member sponsoring this debate is Karen Buck MP.
Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster
Published Monday, December 3, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7898
This House of Commons Library briefing paper outlines the background to the need for a major refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster. A draft bill has been published. It provides for the oversight of the Restoration and Renewal (R&R) Programme and requires parliamentary approval of restoration works before they can begin. A Joint Committee has been appointed to scrutinise the draft bill.

Topic: Parliament

Proxy voting in divisions in the House
Published Monday, December 3, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8359
On 13 September 2018, there was a general debate on proxy voting in divisions in the House of Commons. This followed recommendations from the Procedure Committee on how a proxy voting system could be introduced for Members who had babies or adopted. The Government has said a debate on a substantive motion will take place.
Mental health and wellbeing in schools
Published Monday, December 3, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0265
On 4 December 2018, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on Mental health and wellbeing in schools, sponsored by Layla Moran MP. It is scheduled to begin at 2:30pm.
Statistics on UK-EU trade
Published Friday, November 30, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7851
This note provides some basic statistics on the UK's trade with the EU.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, November 30, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02817
Business and Consumer Confidence: Information on business and consumer confidence surveys, which is generally released ahead of official statistical data and can indicate changes to the economic outlook as well as turning points in the economic cycle.
Impact of ATM closures on towns and communities
Published Friday, November 30, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0269
There have been recent headlines about the possibility of widespread cuts to the ATM network. These proposals have since changed, but the announcement highlighted the important role that cash provision facilities makes to the viability of businesses and the vitality of local communities.
Railways: fares statistics
Published Friday, November 30, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06384
Rail fares are greater now, in real terms, than they were near the end of the 20th Century. In January 2018 fares across all operators were 20% higher in real terms than they were in January 1995; the average annual real increase has been 0.8%. Fares have increased fastest amongst long distance operators. On 30 November 2018 the rail industry, under the auspices of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), announced that the average fares increase for 2019 would be 3.1%.

Topic: Railways

Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill
Published Friday, November 30, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8449
The Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill [HL] would create a framework to enable law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to apply to a UK court for an ‘overseas production order’ requiring a person (in practice, generally a communications service provider or ‘CSP’) in a foreign jurisdiction to produce or grant access to electronic data for the purposes of investigating and prosecuting serious crime. An application would only be granted if the judge was satisfied that the data was likely to be of substantial value to the criminal proceedings or investigations for which it was sought, and that it would be in the public interest.

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