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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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Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | 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.
Domestic violence: a select bibliography
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00727
Domestic violence: a select bibliography.
Grenfell Tower fire: Response and tackling fire risk in high rise blocks
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7993
Following the fire at Grenfell Tower, this paper sets out the events and commentary around the fire, the relevant building regulations, fire safety laws and housing standards, the Government response to the fire, the responsibilities around re-housing, and previous concerns raised with fire regulations.
The Teaching Excellence Framework for higher education (TEF)
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7848
The Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF) will reward higher education institutions (HEIs) with high quality teaching. From 2016 HEIs will be able to apply to be assessed and those judged to have high quality teaching will be allowed to increase their tuition fees in line with inflation.
Brexit: red lines and starting principles
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7938
What has the UK Government said about its strategy for the Brexit negotiations? The Prime Minister and the Brexit Secretary have set out their views in speeches and white papers, and now the EU institutions have set out theirs. They often coincide, but there are areas that could be difficult to resolve. This paper summarises the starting points of the UK and the EU institutions at the beginning of the Article 50 process.
Social care: Government reviews and policy proposals for paying for care since 1997 (England)
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8000
This House of Commons Library briefing considers the policy proposals of successive Governments since 1997 for how individuals should pay for their social care.
Media ownership: the 21st Century Fox/Sky merger
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7969
This Library briefing paper looks at the proposed merger of 21st Century Fox and Sky plc.
Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
Child maintenance: enforcing payment of arrears (UK excluding NI)
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7774
This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at what steps can be taken by the Child Support Agency (CSA) and the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) when a non-resident parent (also referred to as a “paying parent”) fails to pay child maintenance on time and in full, and that as a consequence arrears build up.
Brexit and data protection
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7838
This Library Briefing Paper looks at the reform of EU data protection law and what might happen after Brexit.
Proscribed Terrorist Organisations
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00815
Proscription has been put forward as a powerful deterrent, a way of tackling lower-level support for terrorism, and a signal of rejection by society. However, questions have been raised as to its utility in combating terrorism. This paper sets out the grounds for proscription, the related offences under the Terrorism Act 2000, and some of the issues relating to the deproscription process.
Motability scheme
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00473
This paper explains what the Motability scheme is and how it operates, including changes to eligibility for the scheme as a result of PIP.
The 5p Plastic Bag Charge
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7241
This Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the single use carrier bag charge in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, examines the legal basis for the charge, the exemptions and what will be done with the proceeds of the charge. It also examines the impact of the charges to date.
State Opening of Parliament: Postponements
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0031
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on occasions on which the State Opening of Parliament has been postponed.

Topic: Parliament

Parliamentary Sessions: Years Without a Queen's Speech
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0032
This House of Lords Library briefing provides statistics on sessions since 1900 that have lasted for more than 12 months and lists the years in which there has been no Queen’s/King’s Speech. It also sets out how the length of a session is established.
Local Authority Homelessness Statistics (England)
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7586
This tool allows you to view collected homelessness statistics for individual local authorities in England.
The 2017 French parliamentary elections
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8015
What next for President Macron's government after his party's emphatic victory in the 2017 parliamentary elections? What will be the impact on the other major parties and France's relations with the UK? This paper looks at the results of the National Assembly elections, how these work and the functioning of the party system in the Assembly. It also looks to the future, including the challenge's for President Macron's government and the other major parties.
Pre-nuptial agreements
Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN03752
This Commons Library briefing paper considers the current status of pre-nuptial agreements and proposals for reform.

Topics: Family law, Marriage

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