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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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Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, August 26, 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.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, August 26, 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 Friday, August 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
Brexit: impact across policy areas
Published Friday, August 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7213
This paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, August 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
Local govrnment reform
Published Friday, August 26, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0154
Local government reform - debate pack prepared by the Commons Library
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, August 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, August 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02787
Components of GDP: data on the components that make up GDP, including household consumption, government spending, investment, trade and output by sector.
Support for Small Firms
Published Thursday, August 25, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7690
This Paper is a guide to current government schemes designed to improve access to funding and other advice and support to the small firms sector.
Common Financial Services Questions
Published Thursday, August 25, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7262
This Paper looks at a broad range of financial service and financial institution's issues.
Parliamentary Private Secretaries
Published Thursday, August 25, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN04942
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper sets out the role of Parliamentary Private Secretaries, including their functions and the limitations placed on them.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, August 25, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Scotland: Public spending and revenue
Published Thursday, August 25, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06625
Public spending and taxation in Scotland was a hotly debated issue in the run up to the Scottish independence referendum, and has remained so since. A range of statistics exist on the subject: this note summarises what these say and how they are measured.
Access and waiting time standards for early intervention in psychosis
Published Wednesday, August 24, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0150
MPs will debate access and waiting time standards for early intervention in psychosis in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 9.30am. The debate will be led by Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP. This House of Commons Library briefing provides background, recent press articles, Parliamentary material and links to further reading.

Topic: Mental health

City Deals
Published Wednesday, August 24, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07158
This note provides an overview of City Deals, with details on the 30 that have been successfully negotiated since July 2012.
New-build housing: construction defects - issues and solutions (England)
Published Tuesday, August 23, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7665
This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the existing building control regime and customers’ means of redress when faced with defects in newly built housing. It summarises the findings of the APPG’s 2016 inquiry and recommended actions.
Teachers at Academies and Free Schools: Qualifications
Published Tuesday, August 23, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0044
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background reading in advance of the question for short debate on 12 September 2016 about what plans the Government has to ensure that all teachers at academies and free schools are fully qualified.

Topic: Schools

Smoking Related Diseases: Government Action
Published Tuesday, August 23, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0045
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background reading on what further action the Government is taking to reduce the incidence of smoking-related diseases, in advance of the question for short debate on 14 September 2016.
Homelessness
Published Tuesday, August 23, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0046
This House of Lords Library briefing contains background information on homelessness, including causes, statistics and government and local authority policies in preparation for the forthcoming question for short debate on how Her Majesty’s Government plans to deal with homelessness on 7 September 2016.

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