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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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Limitations on the number of Ministers
Published Thursday, July 28, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03378
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper reports the legal restrictions on the number of ministers receiving a salary and the number of ministers sitting in the House of Commons. It includes statistics on the number of ministers in each Chamber following each general election since 1979 and at the July 2016 change of Government. Lastly, it sets out calls from the Public Administration Select Committee and others for the number of ministers and the payroll vote to be reduced.
Brexit: What next for UK fisheries?
Published Thursday, July 28, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7669
The implications of Brexit for fisheries are highly uncertain. The implications will depend on future negotiations with the EU and future UK Government policy.
Brexit: some legal and constitutional issues and alternatives to EU membership
Published Thursday, July 28, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7214
This paper considers how the UK will leave the EU, some legal and constitutional issues, and possible alternatives to EU membership. What is the process for leaving the EU? Will the UK join a different grouping of states or go it alone? Will EU or UK citizens or businesses have any vested rights?
Housing options for serving and ex-military personnel
Published Thursday, July 28, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN04244
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper outlines the housing options open to serving and ex-military personnel, it does not cover service accommodation provided by the Ministry of Defence.
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, July 28, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02802
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England’s and international, quantitative easing policy.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
The Supreme Court on Devolution
Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7670
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on the Supreme Court's role in devolution. The paper explains how cases on devolution reach the Supreme Court and summarises some of the most important cases since 2009.
Somalia: July 2016 update
Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7298
Somalia remains highly fragile as it prepares for legislative and presidential elections in August and September 2016 respectively. Even at this late stage there are reports that the elections may be delayed. The elections will not be on a 'one-person one-vote' basis as was originally hoped. While it has suffered setbacks, Al-Shabaab remains a real threat.
Social care: paying for care home places and domiciliary care (England)
Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN01911
This note sets out the means-test that applies to care home residents and those in other settings (such as care at home) in need of social care, and provides information on personal budgets.
GP Practices by Constituency
Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7293
A downloadable file listing all GP practices located in each UK constituency, as recorded in service data released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
Sex and Relationship Education in Schools (England)
Published Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06103
This House of Commons Library briefing provides an overview of the legislation and guidance currently in place regarding sex and relationship education (SRE) in schools, and also outlines related reviews and proposals in Parliament.

Topic: Schools

Transport in Scotland
Published Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03192
This paper gives an overview of those transport areas that are reserved to the UK Parliament and those which are devolved to Scotland, including most recently by the Scotland Act 2016.
Chart style guide
Published Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05073
This guide and sets out some best practice principles for statistical charts and conventions used by the statistics section of the House of Commons Library
Tables style guide
Published Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05072
This guide and sets out some principles and conventions for table layout and format. As used by the Social & General Statistics section of the House of Commons Library
Impacts of immigration on population and the economy
Published Monday, July 25, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7659
This note looks at the impacts of immigration on different aspects of the economy and society, including population growth, employment, earnings, public services and the public finances.
Transport in Wales
Published Monday, July 25, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03156
This paper gives an overview of those transport areas that are reserved to the UK Parliament; those which are devolved to Wales and proposals by the Silk Commission and in the Wales Bill to devolve further powers.
Corporate tax reform (2010-2016)
Published Monday, July 25, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05945
This note discusses the Coalition Government’s approach to corporate tax reform since 2010, focusing on the reductions made to the main rate, the decision to set a single rate of tax, and the reforms made to tax reliefs for capital investment. It goes on to examine the debate over corporate tax avoidance and the international efforts, led by the OECD, to tackle avoidance by multinationals through ‘Base Erosion and Profit Shifting’ (BEPS). It concludes by looking at developments in both these areas following the establishment of the new Conservative Government after the 2015 General Election.

Topic: Taxation

Badgers: Culls in England
Published Monday, July 25, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06837
The Government is committed to eradicating bovine TB and takes the view that badger culling in areas with high incidence of TB in cattle is an effective part of this strategy. Controlled shooting of badgers was trialed in Gloucestershire and Somerset in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, a badger cull continued in these two areas and was extended to a third area in Dorset. The Government intends to enable badger control to take place over a wider number of areas in 2016. However, badger culling as a means of controlling TB in cattle remains a contentious policy.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, July 25, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02817
Business and Consumer Confidence: Information on business and consumer confidence surveys, which is generally released ahead of official statistical data and can indicate changes to the economic outlook as well as turning points in the economic cycle.

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