Research briefings

This page provides access to research briefings produced by the Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). You can find research briefings by sorting 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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Migration Statistics
Published 02 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06077
A guide to understanding UK migration statistics, explaining the concepts and methods used in measuring migration and setting out a range of data on migration in the UK and in European Union countries.
Current Members Related to Other Current or Former Members
Published 02 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN04809
MPs who have family members that are also current or former Members of the House of Commons.
Payment Services Regulator
Published 02 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06866
The financial crash of 2008 was a wake up call to the inadequacies of financial regulation worldwide. The basic payment service mechanisms on which everything relies did not escape the notice of the authorities. The upshot is a new regulator of the 'plumbing' of the financial system. This note describes its establishment and scope.
Rail electrification
Published 02 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05907
This briefing paper explains the rail electrification schemes planned by the Labour, Coalition and Conservative governments and where things currently stand with each one.

Topic: Railways

Litter
Published 02 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06984
This note considers the financial cost of litter in England and Wales, and the penalties available under current legislation to the enforcing authorities. It also considers forthcoming legislation, and what the public and local groups can do to combat litter.
Airports Commission: Final Report
Published 02 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7242
This is a one page guide to the final report of the Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies.

Topic: Aviation

The prescription charge and other NHS charges
Published 02 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7227
This briefing outlines the provisions for prescription, dental and other NHS charges under NHS legislation.
Restricting pension tax relief
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05901
Looks at recent measures to restrict pension tax relief

Topics: Taxation, Pensions

The Charleston Shootings and the Protests against the Confederate Flag in the United States
Published 01 July 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0015
This In Focus note examines the shootings in Charleston, North Carolina on 17 June 2015 and the subsequent debate surrounding the flying of the Confederate flag.

Topic: North America

Discretionary Housing Payments
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06899
This note explains the funding position and considers evidence on how Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) are allocated by local authorities.
Opposition Day Debate on Tax Credits and Support for Working Families
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0033
This page provides background information for the Opposition Day Debate, Tax credits and support for working families, on Wednesday 1 July 2015.
Devolution of financial powers to the Scottish Parliament: recent developments
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07077
This paper discusses the proposals made by the Smith Commission - in its report published in November 2014 - for further devolution of power to the Scottish Government, in relation to taxation, funding and borrowing, and the Government’s plans for their implementation.
Pension flexibilities
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06891
Looks at the rules which came into force in April 2015 giving people more flexibility about when and how to access their defined contribution pension savings

Topic: Pensions

Apprenticeships policy, England
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN03052
This note provides a summary of apprenticeships policy in England.
Productivity: Key Economic Indicators
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02791
Latest statistics showing changes in UK productivity and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries.
Comparison of homelessness duties in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7201
Comparison of the legal duties to tackle homelessness and assist people presenting as homeless in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland. In this devolved policy area, increasingly divergent approaches are emerging from the four nations.
Ballot Bills since 1997
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN04055
Results of the 2015 Private Members’ bills ballot and spreadsheet showing results from previous sessions since 1997
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Westminster Hall debate: Operational productivity in NHS providers - Dr Matthew Offord
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0030
This page contains background information for the Westminster Hall debate, Operational productivity in NHS providers, on Wednesday 1 July 2015, including a Library summary, parliamentary questions and press material.
Financial provision on the breakdown of a relationship
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05655
This note deals with the law in England and Wales and relates to the division of a couple’s property and income when their marriage or civil partnership breaks down.

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