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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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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Lords Report Stage
Published Monday, May 14, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0053
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of third reading in the House of Lords of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, on 16 May 2018. The Briefing summarises amendments made to the Bill at report stage.
The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill
Published Friday, May 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8126
This briefing paper has been updated to take account of the Second Reading debate and Committee Stage in the House of Commons on the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill - sometimes referred to as the Customs Bill.
Direct recovery of tax debts
Published Friday, May 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07051
This note discusses the introduction of a new power, initially announced in the 2014 Budget, to allow HM Revenue & Customs’ to recover debts for both tax and tax credits directly from individuals’ bank and building society accounts.

Topic: Taxation

Public legal education
Published Friday, May 11, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0119
A Westminster Hall debate on Public legal education is scheduled for Tuesday 15 May 2018 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Ranil Jayawardena MP.
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, May 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02802
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England’s and international, quantitative easing policy.
Contested mergers and takeovers
Published Thursday, May 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05374
This briefing explains the law on mergers and takeovers, and describes the role and powers of bodies that get involved in the process. The development of the current regime and recent cases are also covered.
Household debt: statistics and impact on economy
Published Thursday, May 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7584
Latest statistics and forecasts for household debt in the UK and international comparisons. There is also a guide explaining how to understand and interpret household debt statistics and a summary of research looking at its effects on the economy.
Registers of beneficial ownership
Published Thursday, May 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8259
This briefing looks at the development of beneficial ownership registers in the UK and around the world.
Housing and Homes
Published Thursday, May 10, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0085
On 15 May 2018, there will be a General Debate on Housing and Homes. The Library has published numerous briefing papers on housing issues and a selection of relevant papers is provided below.
Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, May 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL] 2017-19
Published Thursday, May 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8297
This paper outlines the provisions of the Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL] 2017-19 (HC Bill 199), explains those issues which were raised when the Bill passed through the House of Lords, and provides some background as to where the Bill has come from and what issues it is designed to address.

Topic: Roads

Manufacturing: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, May 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05206
Manufacturing: Data on manufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.
Relocation of Channel 4
Published Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0118
A Westminster Hall debate on the Relocation of Channel 4 is scheduled for Thursday 10 May 2018 at 3.00pm. The Member leading the debate is Stewart Malcolm McDonald MP.

Topic: Broadcasting

Compensation for victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism
Published Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0117
A Backbench Business debate on Compensation for victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism is scheduled for Thursday 10 May 2018. The Member leading the debate is Laurence Robertson MP.

Topic: Terrorism

Women Members of Parliament: Background Paper
Published Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06652
This briefing paper provides a list of all the women who have ever been elected to the House of Commons.
House of Lords: Largest Votes Recorded
Published Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0048
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information about the largest votes that have taken place in the House of Lords.
Voting age
Published Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01747
Under current legislation, a person must be 18 or over to vote in elections to the UK Parliament. This Note gives details of calls for a change in the law to reduce the voting age to 16 in recent years.
Devolution to local government in England
Published Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07029
This Commons Library briefing paper summarises the main developments regarding the process of devolution of powers to local government within England since 2014. It covers the devolution deals agreed between the Government and local areas up to July 2016, including the powers to be devolved, the procedures required for devolution to take place, and reactions to the policy from the local government and policy-making worlds.
Taxation of termination payments
Published Tuesday, May 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8084
In the 2017 Budget the Government confirmed that it would introduce legislation to amend the tax treatment of termination payments. Provision to this effect is made by s5 of the Finance (No.2) Act 2017. This note discusses the background to this reform.
Brexit debates 2018
Published Tuesday, May 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8246
This paper provides links to a selection of debates that have referenced Brexit in the title or during a debate in 2018. This paper will be updated periodically.

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