The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill


Published 11/05/2018

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.

Public legal education


Published 11/05/2018

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.

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL] 2017-19


Published 10/05/2018

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.

Registers of beneficial ownership


Published 10/05/2018

This briefing looks at the development of beneficial ownership registers in the UK and around the world.

Housing and Homes


Published 10/05/2018

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.

Household debt: statistics and impact on economy


Published 10/05/2018

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.

Contested mergers and takeovers


Published 10/05/2018

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.

Manufacturing: Key Economic Indicators


Published 10/05/2018

Manufacturing: Data on manufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.

Voting age


Published 09/05/2018

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 09/05/2018

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.