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    Podcast

    Utility prices: How are they calculated?

    How are water, energy and broadband prices calculated? How do these different utilities operate? How are they regulated? And what does this mean for everyday consumers?

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    Insight

    Divorce after Brexit

    UK domestic law is unlikely to be affected by Brexit. But Brexit might impact procedural issues involving divorcing spouses from separate EU countries. This insight explains how.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    BBC governance and financial accountability

    Arrangements for the governance, regulation and financial scrutiny of the BBC look set to change when a new Royal Charter is agreed. This paper examines what is currently in place and what is proposed.

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    Research Briefing

    European defence: where is it heading?

    In light of Brexit, an increasingly assertive Russia and the unpredictable attitude of the current US administration toward European security, there is, at present. a political appetite for progress in the development of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy. Much has been achieved in the last few years and without the UK, which has historically opposed deeper defence integration, Brexit undoubtedly offers opportunities. The question is: how far will the EU at 27 be willing to go? This is an update to earlier versions of this paper published in May 2018 and May 2019.

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    Research Briefing

    Police complaints reform in 2016

    This Library briefing paper summarises the Government's proposed reforms to the police complaints system in England and Wales and to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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    Research Briefing

    Brexit: impact across policy areas

    This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.

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    Research Briefing

    Undercover policing in England and Wales

    This Library briefing paper discusses undercover policing in England and Wales. It explains how undercover operations are regulated and managed. It outlines the criticism of historic undercover policing units and provides details of the ongoing public inquiry into undercover policing.

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    Debate Pack

    Criminal Finances Bill: Lords Amendments

    This note summarises debate on and changes made to, the Criminal Finances Bill, during its Lords' committee stages. there is no accompanying Published Paper.

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    Research Briefing

    Master Trust regulation

    Looks at provisions to regulate Master Trusts (a kind of pension scheme used by many employers for auto-enrolment) to be introduced under the Pension Schemes Act 2017.

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    Debate Pack

    Lessons from the collapse of Carillion

    There will be a debate on Lessons from the collapse of Carillion in the House of Commons on Thursday 12 July.

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    Research Briefing

    Railways pension scheme (RPS)

    This note looks at the development of the Railways Pension Scheme set up in 1994 following the privatisation of British Rail

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    Insight

    Housing: Raising quality and supply

    The most pressing challenge facing the housing sector is to achieve a sustained increase in housebuilding

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    Constituency Casework

    Bailiffs

    Instructing a bailiff is one method of civil debt enforcement. Different types of bailiffs are used to collect different types of debt on behalf of creditors (including local authorities, government departments and private individuals seeking to enforce a county court judgment).

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    Research Briefing

    Brexit: the draft withdrawal agreement

    The Commission published a draft legal text of the withdrawal agreement in February 2018 and an updated draft on 15 March. On 19 March a third text was published which showed where there is full agreement between the EU and the UK, where there is agreement in principle and where there is no agreement. This paper looks at the recent draft, making reference to earlier drafts where relevant.