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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.
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Local Growth Deals
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07120
This note looks at the creation of the Single Local Growth Fund and the process of allocating Growth Deal funding to Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Estimates Day: Health and social care
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0066
There will be an Estimates Day debate on health and social care. This will take place in the House of Commons Chamber on Monday 27 February 2017.
An Estimates Day debate on intergenerational fairness 
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0065
There will be an Estimates Day debate on intergenerational fairness. This will take place in the House of Commons Chamber at 11.30am on Tuesday 28th February.
Leaving the European Union: Euratom
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0010
The Government has stated that leaving the EU also means leaving the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). This Lords Library briefing examines what Euratom does and the possible implications of leaving Euratom for the future of the nuclear industry and nuclear research in the UK.
Iran's influence in the Middle East
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0062
MPs will debate Iran's influence in the Middle East in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 1 March 2017 from 9.30am to 11.00am. The debate has been initiated by Dr Matthew Offord MP.

Topic: Middle East

Debate on e-petition 176138 relating to attacks on NHS medical staff
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0050
This Commons Library debate pack has been prepared in advance of a debate on e-petition 176138 relating to attacks on NHS medical staff.
Poverty in the Liverpool city region
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0064
A debate will be held on poverty in the Liverpool city region in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 1 March at 2.30pm. The subject for debate has been chosen by Steve Rotheram MP.
Trophy Hunting: UK and international policy
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7908
This Commons Library Briefing Paper looks at the issues surrounding trophy hunting, particularly the sport of hunting lions. It examines the impacts of this industry on biodiversity and asks whether it can contribute positively to conservation.
Reviewing and reforming business rates
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7538
A briefing paper on the introduction of 100% business rate retention and other changes to business rates announced in 2016-17.
Missing persons, guardianship and the presumption of death
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04890
This Commons Library research briefing provides information about looking for a missing person, dealing with their property and affairs while they are missing, and applying for a declaration of presumed death
Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0003
The Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill 2016-17 is due to have its Report stage on 24 February 2017

Topics: Employment, Equality

Importance of intellectual property to the British economy
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0063
A Westminster Hall debate on the subject of the importance of intellectual property to the British economy has been scheduled for 0930hrs on Tuesday 28 February 2017. The Member in charge of this debate is Nigel Adams MP.
Rail fares and ticketing
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01904
This paper explains the rail fares framework, including who sets fares, what constitutes a ‘regulated’ fare, how regulated fare levels are calculated and it also looks at the question of why fares go up. It also explores changes to ticketing – including smart and flexible ticketing, travel cards and penalty fares.

Topic: Railways

Armed forces and investigation and prosecution of historical cases
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0061
An Opposition Day debate on a motion relating to Armed forces and investigation and prosecution of historical cases, will be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 23 February 2017. The debate will arise on a motion in the name of the Democratic Unionist Party.
Adult ESOL in England
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7905
This briefing provides information on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for learners aged 19 and over in England, including current current provision and funding, past funding changes, and recent reports. It also provides information on the Government's community-based English language programmes.
The financial (minimum income) requirement for partner visas
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06724
Controversial maintenance funds requirements were introduced for spouse/ partner visas (affecting non-EEA national partners of British citizens, refugees and people settled in the UK) in July 2012. Various migrants' rights organisations continue to campaign against the Rules. Following legal challenges to the lawfulness of the Rules, the Supreme Court held the minimum income requirement to be acceptable in principle.

Topic: Immigration

Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Nuisance from helicopters and light aircraft
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04059
This short paper summarises the law in respect of helicopter and light aircraft noise; safety when flying low over built up areas; permitted development for landing sites and routes of complaint if an aircraft breaches those rules.

Topic: Aviation

Bus Services Bill [HL] 2016-17
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7545
This paper explains the policy background to and contents and purpose of the Bus Services Bill [HL] 2016-17.
Unaccompanied children in Greece and Italy
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0057
A backbench business debate on a motion relating to Unaccompanied children in Greece and Italy will be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 23 February 2017. The debate will be opened and lead by Alison McGovern, Heidi Allen, Tom Brake and Anne McLaughlin.

Topic: Asylum

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