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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.
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The Space Industry Bill 2017-2019
Published Friday, February 2, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8197
This briefing paper provides an analysis of the Space Industry Bill 2017-2019. The paper provides an overview of the provisions in the Bill and the debate and amendments made during the House of Lords stages and Commons Committee stage.
Military detention of Palestinian children by the Israeli authorities
Published Friday, February 2, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0029
A Westminster Hall debate on ‘Military detention of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities’ is scheduled for Wednesday 7 February 2018 from 2.30pm to 4.00pm. The Member initiating the debate is Sarah Champion.
The European Free Trade Association
Published Friday, February 2, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0031
On 8 February 2018, there will be a Westminster Hall debate at 9:30am on the European Free Trade Association. The debate is sponsored by Stephen Hammond MP.
Manufacturing: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05206
Manufacturing: Data on manufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.
Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0017
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Nuclear Safeguards Bill on 7 February 2018.
Iran update 2018
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8220

Topics: Iran, Middle East

Registration of stillbirth
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05595
This Commons Library briefing paper deals with the registration of stillbirths across the UK. When a baby is stillborn (born dead) after 24 weeks pregnancy, the birth must be registered. However, there is no provision to allow the registration of stillbirths before the 24th week of pregnancy. There have been calls for the law to be changed.
The investigation of stillbirth
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8167
This Commons Library briefing paper deals with the way stillbirth is investigated at present, the Government announcement about independent investigations, and the role of coroners
The future of civil partnership
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7856
This Commons Library briefing paper considers the calls made by some for civil partnership to be made available to opposite sex couples
Mothers' details on marriage certificates
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7516
This Commons Library briefing paper provides information about calls for details of both parents of the bride and groom to be included in marriage registration (and not just fathers' details, as at present)
Commons Library analysis: Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8217
The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill 2017-19 has its second reading on 2 February 2018. This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information about the Bill and background material.
Proposed UK-EU Security Treaty
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0016
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of current UK-EU cooperation on security and justice, as well as a summary of proposals by the UK and EU for cooperation in this area once the UK has left the EU.
Future eligibility for free school meals and the pupil premium
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0027
There will be a debate entitled "Future eligibility for free school meals and the pupil premium". This will be led by Mrs Sharon Hodgson MP and will take place in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm on Tuesday 6th February 2017, lasting for one hour.

Topics: Schools, Students

Commons Library Analysis of Smart Meters Bill 2017-19
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8120
This Commons Library briefing contains background information on smart meters and the roll out, discussion on the clauses of the Smart Meters Bill 2017-19, and comment on the Bill. The Bill passed Report Stage and Third Reading on 5 February 2018 after being amended by the Government at Committee to give Ofgem the power to modify licence codes to enable half-hourly billing to be calculated using information obtained from smart meters. The Bill had its First Reading in the Lords on 6 February 2018.
Brexit: UK agriculture policy
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8218
This briefing paper has been expedited ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall at 3pm on Thursday 1 February 2018 on the policy framework for agriculture after the UK leaves the EU.
Child support: when a non-resident parent lives abroad - withdrawn
Published Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN03405
Please note that this briefing paper has been withdrawn, and replaced by CBP7775, Child maintenance: cases when someone lives overseas (England & Wales).
Child maintenance: cases when someone lives overseas (England & Wales)
Published Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7775
This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers child maintenance cases where a non-resident parent or person with care lives overseas. A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the bottom of this page.
Representation of Women in Parliament
Published Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0015
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 5 February 2018 on the following motion moved by Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative) on the “role of women in public life and the progress made in increasing their representation in Parliament 100 years after the Representation of the People Act 1918 received Royal Assent".
Rough sleeping in England: Social Indicators page
Published Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02647
Trends in rough sleeping in England since 2010.

Topic: Homelessness

The policy framework for agriculture after the UK leaves the EU
Published Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0024
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Thursday 1 February 2018 at 3pm on the policy framework for agriculture after the UK leaves the EU. The debate will be opened by Alistair Carmichael MP and the topic has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee.

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