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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.
Nuisance Calls: Unsolicited sales and marketing, and silent calls
Published Friday, February 5, 2016 |  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.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, February 5, 2016 |  SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
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.
Dealing with infestations in privately rented property (England)
Published Thursday, February 4, 2016 |  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.
Phoenix trading
Published Thursday, February 4, 2016 |  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 |  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 |  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

Commons Opposition Day Debates since 1997
Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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

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
Under-occupying social housing: Housing Benefit entitlement
Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016 |  SN06272
This House of Commons Briefing Paper provides information on which claimants are affected by the reduction in Housing Benefit when under-occupying a social rented home. The policy is often referred to as 'the removal of the Spare Room Subsidy' or the 'bedroom tax'. The benefit reduction has been in place since 1 April 2013. The paper summarises some of the key legal challenges to the under-occupation deduction from Housing Benefit.
Flood insurance
Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016 |  SN06613
This note outlines issues relating to flood insurance within the UK and the establishment of the Flood Re scheme by the Water Act and subsequent Regulations.
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.

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