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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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New housing design
Published Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0153
The Commons Library will produce a debate pack ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 5 September 2017 from 11.30am to 1pm on new housing design. The debate will be opened by Neil Parish MP.
Occupational pension increases
Published Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05656
Looks at the requirements on private sector Defined Benefit occupational pension schemes to index and revalue pension benefits and recent debates - including the 2016 consultation on the British Steel Pension Scheme and the 2017 Defined Benefit Pension Scheme Green Paper

Topic: Pensions

Military aid to the Civil Authorities
Published Friday, August 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8074
When can the armed forces be deployed in the UK? This Commons Library briefing paper looks at Military Aid to the Civil Authorities
Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, August 18, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0054
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill [HL] on 8 September 2017.
Passenger rail services in England
Published Friday, August 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06521
This paper explains how passenger rail services are provided in England and the policies of successive governments towards rail franchising. It also looks at those proposals which have been put forward for further reform – specifically more partnership working, competition, public ownership and devolution.

Topic: Railways

Brexit and state pensions
Published Friday, August 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7894
This Commons Library briefing looks at EU law providing for the co-ordination of State Pension entitlement and the possible impact of Brexit

Topic: Pensions

Employment by Country of Birth and Nationality
Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07056
This Commons Library briefing paper analyses data on employment in the UK by country of birth and nationality. The briefing compares data from 1997 to 2016 and explains how figures for employment by nationality can differ to those for employment by country of birth.

Topic: Employment

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Statistics on UK-EU trade
Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7851
This note provides some basic statistics on the UK's trade with the EU.
Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
Children: surrogacy, and single people and parental orders (UK)
Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8076
This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers surrogacy and parental orders, in particular the current position for single people who are unable to obtain such an order.
Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0053
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill [HL].
Asylum Statistics
Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01403
This Commons Library briefing paper analyses asylum statistics and trends in the UK and other EU countries. Statistics on asylums seekers and refugees in the UK are published by the Home Office and contain data on the number of people applying for asylum and the outcomes of asylum applications. Statistics on asylum seekers and refugees in European Union countries are published in the Home Office bulletin and by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
The Royal Prerogative
Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN03861
This briefing paper sets out the constitutional basis to the Royal Prerogative, describes general prerogative powers and the Crown's personal prerogative powers. It then sets out recent proposals for reform, and the case law that has led to the current understanding of the prerogative.
Unemployment by ethnic background
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06385
The unemployment rate varies considerably among different ethnicities. This note looks at unemployment by ethnic background, including analysis by age group and gender.
Charities and the voluntary sector: statistics
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05428
Statistics on the size, income and activities of the voluntary sector. Includes data on social investment, National Lottery funding, charitable giving and rates of informal and formal volunteering.
Productivity: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02791
Latest statistics showing changes in UK productivity and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries.
Average Earnings: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02795
Average Earnings: Regularly updated data on average weekly earnings, including breakdowns by public and private sectors.

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