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    Research Briefing

    European Union (Approvals) Bill

    The Bill aims to approve two draft EU Council Regulations made under Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

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    Research Briefing

    EU Agencies and post-Brexit options

    What are EU agencies and what do they do? Will the UK be able to participate in their activities after Brexit? And what will happen to the two that are based in the UK? This paper looks at the roles and functions of EU agencies, the issues surrounding the two UK-based agencies, and whether there are options for continued UK participation after Brexit.

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    Research Briefing

    Travel law: proposed changes to ATOL

    This note looks at the ATOL scheme, focusing on the weaknesses of the ATOL model and the deficit funding of the ATTF. It considers in detail the proposed ATOL reforms contained in secondary and primary legislation. Finally, it also considers EU initiatives for reform to travel law.

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    Research Briefing

    The regulation of sale and rent back agreements

    All firms undertaking sale and rent back agreements now have to be authorised by the FSA, so giving consumers greater protection. A key feature of the full regime will be that all consumers who undertake a sale and rent back agreement will have a guaranteed minimum tenancy of five years.

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    Research Briefing

    Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill

    The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill introduces reforms in a number of areas.

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    Research Briefing

    Equitable Life (Payments) Bill [Bill 62 of 2010-11]

    This paper has been written for the Second Reading debate in the House of Commons. The Bill provides the authority for a payments scheme for eligible former and current Equitable Life policyholders in respect of the consequences of maladministration by regulatory bodies as identified by the Ombudsman and accepted by government. The paper outlines the commercial problems of Equitable Life; the series of investigations into the regulation of its activities; and the work of the office of Sir John Chadwick in devising principles for designing a workable system of payments. The Bill is a short, simple and technical measure. Although the precise shape of the payments scheme is as yet unknown, this Bill provides the authority for money to be paid once it is set up and clarifies the tax treatment of future payments.

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    Research Briefing

    Legislating for Brexit: EU directives

    What are EU directives and what will happen to them when the UK leaves the EU? This paper looks at EU directives in force and how they are implemented in the UK. This will give some idea of the task ahead for UK legislators.

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    Research Briefing

    Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill

    The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill will receive its Second Reading in the House of Commons on 16 July 2014.

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