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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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Police and fire reform 2016
Published Friday, February 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7494
The Government plans to legislate to enable closer working between police and fire services in England. This paper gives background and summarises the proposals and reactions to them.
Counter-extremism policy: an overview
Published Friday, February 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7238
Counter-extremism policy has evolved over the past few years with an increasing focus on addressing non-violent extremism. Recent policy announcements and a forthcoming Extremism Bill indicate that the Government remains determined to confront both violent and non-violent forms of extremism in its fight against terrorism.
Nuisance Calls: Unsolicited sales and marketing, and silent calls
Published Friday, February 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06033
Nuisance calls (i.e. unsolicited - and unwanted - marketing messages, silent or abandoned calls) cause widespread harm and inconvenience which have been acknowledged by previous and current Governments and the relevant regulators. This note sets out the key regulations which seek to address nuisance calls and the main sources of assistance and their limitations.
NHS Winter Pressures 2015/16 - Weekly Update
Published Friday, February 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07057
Weekly update on NHS winter pressures facing acute hospital trusts in England. Includes data for accident and emergency diverts, bed days lost to Norovirus closures and general and acute bed occupancy.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, February 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Three debates relating to migration
Published Friday, February 5, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0036
On Wednesday 10 February 2016, three debates relating to migration will be held in Westminster Hall. The topics include the provision of asylum support, migration into the EU, and the UK Government’s policy on refugees.
Dealing with infestations in privately rented property (England)
Published Thursday, February 4, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06041
This House of Commons Briefing Paper provides an overview of the factors to consider when deciding who is responsible for tackling infestations in privately rented housing, together with a summary of the powers available to local authorities.
Seeking a negotiated solution in Syria
Published Thursday, February 4, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7392
Political negotiations between the major powers may have been given a boost by events in Syria and Paris, but big differences remain. Meanwhile, the Syrian parties did not participate in the latest round of talks

Topic: Middle East

Phoenix trading
Published Thursday, February 4, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN04083
This Library briefing paper looks in detail at the legality of phoenix trading and at the personal liability of directors to the creditors of an insolvent company. In addition to the Insolvency Act 1986 (as amended) and the Enterprise Act 2002, this note looks at new provisions contained in the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, which received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, February 4, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Police complaints reform in 2016
Published Thursday, February 4, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7493
This Library briefing paper summarises the Government's proposed reforms to the police complaints system in England and Wales and to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Topic: Police

Psychological Health of Military Personnel
Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0518
A POSTnote which examines the impact of military service on the psychological health of serving personnel, reservists, veterans and their families. It outlines what is known about the effectiveness of interventions, and highlights areas for further research.
Commons Opposition Day Debates since 1997
Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06315
Opposition day debates in the House of Commons since the 1997 General Election - with links to Hansard.
Peerage Creations: Appointments to the House of Lords since 1997
Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016 |  LLN-2016-0007
This House of Lords Library briefing provides details of the peerage creations under the prime ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron (up to 25 January 2016).
The Sustainable Communities Act
Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN04724
A briefing on the Sustainable Communities Acts (2007 and 2010), which allow local authorities and groups to propose action or legislative change to improve the economic, social or environmental well-being of their area.
State Pension Uprating
Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05649
Looks at the current policy on uprating the State Pension and Pension Credit

Topic: Pensions

The Intelligence and Security Committee
Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02178
This note describes the functions and powers of the Intelligence and Security Committee, which is responsible for scrutinising the UK's intelligence and security agencies. It outlines reforms to the Committee under the Justice and Security Act 2013, and summarises recent inquiries.
Frozen Overseas Pensions
Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN01457
Looks at why the UK state pension is not uprated in some overseas countries, the debates on this policy and the recent legal challenge.

Topic: Pensions

Devolution of financial powers to the Scottish Parliament: recent developments
Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | 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.
Diabetes: UK Prevalence and Policy Developments
Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016 |  LIF-2016-0012
This Lords Library briefing provides information on the prevalence of diabetes in the UK and sets out some of the policies and actions being implemented to help tackle the issue.

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