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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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Master Trust regulation
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7758
Looks at provisions to regulate Master Trusts (a kind of pension scheme used by many employers for auto-enrolment) in the current Pension Schemes Bill

Topic: Pensions

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
The Midlands Engine
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0021
This debate pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on the Midlands Engine to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 24 January at 9.30am. The subject for debate has been chosen by Chris White MP.
Access to Kadcyla and other breast cancer drugs
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0029
There will be a backbench business debate on access to Kadcyla and other breast cancer drugs on Thursday 26 January 2017.

Topic: Diseases

GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
UK relations with West African countries
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0028
The House of Commons Library prepares a briefing in hard copy and/or online for most non-legislative debates in the Chamber and Westminster Hall other than half-hour debates. Debate Packs are produced after the announcement of parliamentary business. They are intended to provide a summary or overview of the issue being debated and identify relevant briefings and useful documents, including press and parliamentary material. More detailed briefing can be prepared for Members on request to the Library.
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02802
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England’s and international, quantitative easing policy.
Leaving the European Union: The Single Market, the Rights of EU Citizens in the UK and the UK’s Future Economic Requirements
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0006
This Library briefing will examine the impact on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK of the UK’s decision to formally withdraw from the EU. It will also consider the arguments regarding the UK’s future economic requirements of the UK.
Suicide: summary of statistics
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7749
A summary of statistics on suicide rates in the UK. Includes charts and data on England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, trends by gender, trends by age, and trends by English region.

Topics: Death, Mental health

Obesity Statistics
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN03336
27% of adults in England are obese. A further 36% are overweight. This briefing provides statistics on the obesity among adults and children in the UK, along with data on prescriptions, surgery, and international comparisons.
Parliament's role in ratifying treaties
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05855
Parliament now has a statutory role in ratifying treaties: the government must lay most treaties before Parliament for 21 sitting days before it can ratify them, and the Commons can block ratification indefinitely. However, there is no statutory requirement for a debate or vote, and parliament cannot amend treaties.
Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02792
Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.
Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Counter-extremism policy in English schools
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7345
The duties on schools in England to safeguard children from extremism, and promote British values

Topics: Schools, Terrorism

NHS Winter Pressures 2016/17 - Weekly Update
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | 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, trusts facing operational pressures, and bed occupancy.
Debate on an e-petition on banning non-compostable and non-recyclable packaging
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0024
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Monday 23 January 2017 at 4.30pm on e-petition 167596 to ban all non-recyclable and non-compostable packaging in the UK. The subject for the debate has been selected by the Petitions Committee and the debate will be opened by David Mackintosh MP.
Reform of Freshwater Abstraction
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0546
In some parts of the UK, high levels of water abstraction are reducing the quantity and quality of surface water (rivers, lakes) and groundwater (water accumulated in spaces in soil and rocks). This POSTnote sets out the challenge of balancing competing requirements for freshwater, and summarises proposed reforms to the abstraction system in England and Wales and their implications
Technical and Further Education Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0005
This Library briefing provides information on the Technical and Further Education Bill and the consideration of the Bill in the House of Commons.
Brexit: what impact on those currently exercising free movement rights?
Published Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7871
This Commons Library briefing paper addresses the question of the status, post-Brexit, of EU citizens currently resident in the UK and those British citizens living elsewhere in the EU.

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