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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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Personal service companies: introduction of IR35
Published Thursday, September 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN00914
This note discusses the introduction in April 2000 of 'IR35' - legislation to tackle the exploitation of personal service companies as a means to avoid tax.

Topic: Taxation

Proxy voting in divisions in the House
Published Thursday, September 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8359
On 13 September 2018, there will be a general debate on proxy voting in divisions in the House of Commons.
In Vitro Fertilisation: 40th Anniversary
Published Wednesday, September 5, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0094
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on the motion scheduled to be moved by Baroness Deech (Crossbench) on the “40th anniversary of the first baby born using in vitro fertilisation”.
Anonymous electoral registration
Published Wednesday, September 5, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8202
Anonymous registration allows people whose safety would be at risk if their name or address were listed on the electoral register, for example survivors of domestic abuse, to register to vote without their details made public. This note outlines the current requirements.
The Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill 2017-19
Published Wednesday, September 5, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8164
The Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill 2017-19 is a Private Member's Bill that seeks to change the Rules for Redistribution of Parliamentary constituencies. This briefing summarises the main changes that the Bill would make if passed.
Brexit: public procurement
Published Wednesday, September 5, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8390
Overview of the expected effects of Brexit on public procurement and future policy choices for the UK.
Supporting children in need into adulthood
Published Wednesday, September 5, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0190
This House of Commons Library Debate Pack briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate entitled “Supporting children in need into adulthood”. This will be led by Steve McCabe MP and will take place in Westminster Hall on Thursday 6 September 2018, starting at 3pm.
Regional and local economic growth statistics
Published Wednesday, September 5, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05795
Statistics on the size of regional/country and local economies, recent economic growth in these areas, their contribution to total UK economic output, and rough comparisons of their living standards.
Free votes in the House of Commons since 1997
Published Tuesday, September 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04793
A list of known free (not whipped) votes in the House of Commons since 1997.
Mental health policy in England
Published Tuesday, September 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7547
House of Commons Library briefing on mental health policy in England.
Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, September 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02811
Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.
Energy Smart Meters
Published Tuesday, September 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8119
Between now and 2020 more than 50 million new energy ‘smart meters’ are being rolled out to 30 million homes and smaller non-domestic sites in Great Britain. This Library briefing covers information on smart meters, consumer benefits and concerns, and evaluations of the roll-out.
Findings of the Care Crisis Review
Published Tuesday, September 4, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0191
This House of Commons Library landing page has been prepared in advance of a debate entitled "Findings of the Care Crisis Review". This will be led by Lucy Allan MP and will take place in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 5th September 2018, starting at 4.30pm and lasting for one hour.
Careers Education and Advice
Published Monday, September 3, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0093
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate to take place on 6 September 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Aberdare (Crossbench), “that this House takes note of the case for high-quality careers education and advice to be available to all students".
The budget deficit: a short guide
Published Monday, September 3, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06167
This note aims to answer some FAQs related to the budget deficit.
Maiden Speeches in the House of Commons since 2015
Published Monday, September 3, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04588
Maiden speeches by newly elected MPs in the 2015 and 2017 Parliaments with data from 1918 in the attached spreadsheet.
Draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure
Published Monday, September 3, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0092
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate to take place on 6 September 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Henley (Conservative), “that the Grand Committee takes note of the draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure: A Framework Document for Planning Decisions on Nationally Significant Infrastructure”.
Full-fibre networks in the UK
Published Monday, September 3, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8392
A Commons Library Briefing on the Government’s policy for building a UK-wide full-fibre broadband network by 2033. It covers what is full-fibre broadband compared to superfast broadband and the Government's strategy for promoting full-fibre set out in its Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR), published in July 2018.
Tenancy deposit schemes
Published Monday, September 3, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02121
This briefing paper explains the duty on private landlords to protect tenants’ deposits and summarises how the schemes operate. The Government is legislating to cap security deposits at six weeks' rent in England.
Tackling the under-supply of housing in England
Published Monday, September 3, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7671
This briefing paper considers key trends in housing supply in the UK and goes on to focus on some of the key barriers and potential solutions to increasing supply in England. It summarises proposals set out in the Housing White Paper published in February 2017 and subsequent developments.

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