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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 |  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.
Three debates relating to migration
Published Friday, February 5, 2016 |  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.
Police complaints reform in 2016
Published Thursday, February 4, 2016 |  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

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).
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.
The role of men in preventing violence against women
Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016 |  CDP-2016-0034
A debate on the role of men in preventing violence against women will be held on Thursday 4 February 2016 at 13.30 in Westminster Hall. The members in charge of the debate are Gavin Newlands, Jess Phillips and Andrew Percy
The Zika Virus: Update, February 2016
Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016 |  LIF-2016-0011
This House of Lords Library briefing examines the recent outbreak of the Zika Virus.
Parliamentary sovereignty and EU renegotiation
Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016 |  CDP-2016-0033
This is a Debate Pack for the debate on 'Parliamentary sovereignty and EU renegotiations' on Thursday 4 February 2016. Debate Packs are collections of parliamentary and other relevant material produced for most non-legislative debates in the Chamber and Westminster Hall, other than half-hour adjournment debates.
Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill 2015-16
Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016 |  CBP-7491
The Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill 2015-16 had its First Reading on 6 July 2015 and is scheduled for its Second Reading on 5 February 2016. The Bill is a Private Members' Bill presented by Christopher Chope. The Bill aims to restrict entitlement to benefits of non-UK Citizens from the EU and EEA.

Topics: , , Immigration

Conflict in Yemen
Published Monday, February 1, 2016 |  CDP-2016-0032
This is a Debate Pack for the debate on the 'Conflict in Yemen' on Thursday 4 February 2016. Debate Packs are collections of parliamentary and other relevant material produced for most non-legislative debates in the Chamber and Westminster Hall, other than half-hour adjournment debates.

Topic: Middle East

Economic Indicators, February 2016
Published Monday, February 1, 2016 |  CBP-7490
Analysis of the latest key UK and international economic indicators.
House of Commons Commission (External Members)
Published Monday, February 1, 2016 |  CDP-2016-0030
A motion to appoint two external members to the House of Commons Commission is scheduled to be considered on Tuesday 2 February 2016, in the Chamber.
Size of the House of Lords
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 |  LLN-2016-0006
This Library Note provides statistics and background information on the changing size of the House of Lords since the 1992–93 session alongside commentary and debates on the subject of the House’s size over recent years.
Financial Conduct Authority
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 |  CBP-7488
A debate on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is to be held on 1 February 2016. This note provides some background to potential issues which may be raised. Further information can be found in another Library Note (CBP-07234)
Gender pricing
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 |  CDP-2016-0027
Gender based pricing is the practice of charging a different price for the same consumer goods or services on the basis of gender. Recently, the issue has come to the fore with the publication of research undertaken by the Times, which found price disparities across a wide range of gender-targeted items, with those marketed at women 37 per cent more expensive on average.

Topic: Consumers

UK Government policy on abolition of the death penalty
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 |  CBP-7489
This Commons Library briefing outlines changes around the Government's policy on abolition of the death penalty, following a campaign saying that the policy has been abandoned.
Electric vehicles and infrastructure
Published Thursday, January 28, 2016 |  CBP-7480
This paper explains what electric vehicles are and how successive governments have planned for infrastructure to encourage and accommodate their growth. It also sets out the various grant streams that have been allocated for the same purpose.

Topics: , Roads

Recent Developments in Poland
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016 |  LIF-2016-0010
This House of Lords Library briefing considers recent developments in Poland following the election of the Law and Justice party in the October 2015 Parliamentary elections.
Chairman of Committees: Proposed Changes
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016 |  LIF-2016-0009
This Lords Library briefing provides information on the recently proposed changes to the post of Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords, put forward by the Leader’s Group on Governance.
The NHS and a social care commission
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016 |  CDP-2016-0025
There will be a Backbench Business debate on "The NHS and a social care commission" on Thursday 28 January 2016. This Library debate pack provides a background summary and related parliamentary coverage and reports. The debate was initiated by Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP.

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