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This page provides access to research briefings produced by the House of Commons Library, the House of Lords Library and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). You can filter the research briefings by date, type, or one of 350 topics. Pick your options from the dropdown menus.

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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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    Topics: Research material can be filtered by subject using the topic terms. The topics are arranged in a taxonomy (a hierarchical classification) and can be further filtered using sub-topics.

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Criminal Injuries Compensation: The "same roof" rule
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7498
Some victims of abuse which took place before 1 October 1979 cannot get awards from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme because they lived in the same house as their attacker. This Briefing Paper explains the background, It covers England, Scotland and Wales.

Topics: Crime, Criminal law

EU reform negotiations: the Tusk package
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7497
What did David Cameron ask for in his bid to change the UK's terms of EU membership before holding a referendum on whether to stay in or leave the EU? What has the European Council President Donald Tusk come up with by way of a draft deal and will it be acceptable to the other Member States and the UK electorate? What's been going on behind the scenes? This paper looks at the proposals, their implications and prospects for agreement.
"Common law marriage" and cohabitation
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03372
The Commons Library has published a briefing paper which provides general information about the number of cohabiting couples, how the law applies to cohabitants, and about the Law Commission’s proposals for reform.
School meals and nutritional standards
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN04195
The main recent policy developments regarding school meals, including the revised school food standards and provision of free school meals.
Wilson Doctrine
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN04258
The Wilson Doctrine is a convention that MPs' communications should not be intercepted by the intelligence services. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal gave judgement on 14 October 2015 clarifying the Doctrine's status and effect and the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill, published in November 2015, introduced proposals to place the existing arrangements on a statutory footing. This Briefing Paper sets out the background.
Knives and offensive weapons
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN00330
This briefing provides information on the two main categories of offence relating to knives and offensive weapons in England and Wales: offences relating to possession and offences relating to sale and supply. This briefing sets out the various offences and sentences which are contained in a number of pieces of legislation. It also describes police guidance on cautioning and charging and government policy on knife crime.
Peerage Creations since 1997
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05867
This House of Commons briefing paper provides details of appointments to the House of Lords from May 1997 to January 2016. It provides tables showing the numbers appointed under Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron, broken down by party affiliation at the time of appointment. It also includes a chronological list of all those appointed during this period.
Police funding
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7279
The existing police funding arrangements have been criticised as being complex and lacking transparency. In 2015 the Government consulted on proposals for reform of police funding in England and Wales. These reforms have been delayed. This briefing looks at existing arrangements for police funding in all parts of the UK and explains the proposed new funding formula for England and Wales.
Special Educational Needs: support in England
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07020
This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the system of support for children and young people in England aged 0-25 with special educational needs (SEN). The briefing provides an overview of the new system introduced in 2014, the transitional arrangements, and how the new system differs from that which preceded it. It also includes a brief history of the movement towards reform that preceded the 2014 changes
Electronic Health Records
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0519
A POSTnote which explains the plans to introduce electronic health records for everyone. As well as background on what information such records will contain, the paper discusses the opportunities and challenges implementing them will involve.
Work capability assessments
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0040
There will be a debate on work capability assessments in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 9 February 2016 at 2.30pm, initiated by Louise Haigh MP. This Library briefing page provides background to the debate.
Persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims and other religious minorities in Pakistan
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0039
The House of Commons Library prepares a briefing in hard copy and/or online for most non-legislative debates in the Chamber and Westminster Hall other than half-hour debates. Debate Packs are produced quickly after the announcement of parliamentary business. They are intended to provide a summary or overview of the issue being debated and identify relevant briefings and useful documents, including press and parliamentary material. More detailed briefing can be prepared for Members on request to the Library.

Topics: Asia, Human rights

Rail resilience in the South West
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7495
This short briefing explains what has happened with regards to developing the rail lines in the South West of England following the winter storms of 2014 and the collapse of the Dawlish seawall.

Topics: Flooding, Railways

Opposition Day debate: Housing Policy
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0038
The Liberal Democrats have an Opposition Day debate on Housing Policy on Tuesday 9 February 2016. This Library Debate Pack provides a background briefing, media and parliamentary coverage of the issue and some further reading.
The role and powers of the Privy Council
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7460
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper looks at the role and powers of the Privy Council.
Police and fire reform 2016
Published Friday, February 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7494
The Government plans to legislate to enable closer working between police and fire services in England. This paper gives background and summarises the proposals and reactions to them.
Counter-extremism policy: an overview
Published Friday, February 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7238
Counter-extremism policy has evolved over the past few years with an increasing focus on addressing non-violent extremism. Recent policy announcements and a forthcoming Extremism Bill indicate that the Government remains determined to confront both violent and non-violent forms of extremism in its fight against terrorism.
Nuisance Calls: Unsolicited sales and marketing, and silent calls
Published Friday, February 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06033
Nuisance calls (i.e. unsolicited - and unwanted - marketing messages, silent or abandoned calls) cause widespread harm and inconvenience which have been acknowledged by previous and current Governments and the relevant regulators. This note sets out the key regulations which seek to address nuisance calls and the main sources of assistance and their limitations.
NHS Winter Pressures 2015/16 - Weekly Update
Published Friday, February 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07057
Weekly update on NHS winter pressures facing acute hospital trusts in England. Includes data for accident and emergency diverts, bed days lost to Norovirus closures and general and acute bed occupancy.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, February 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.

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