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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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    Topics: Research material can be filtered by subject using the topic terms. The topics are arranged in a taxonomy (a hierarchical classification) and can be further filtered using sub-topics.

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Economic Indicators, August 2015
Published 04 August 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7273
Analysis of the latest key UK and international economic indicators.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published 04 August 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators
Published 04 August 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02811
Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.
Big Society Bank/Capital
Published 04 August 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05876
This note sets out the known facts surrounding the establishment of the Big Society Bank/ Big Society Capital
Government bank rescues: financial consequences
Published 04 August 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05748
This standard note gives some basic numbers concerning the government's net expenditure on banks rescued during the financial crisis of 2008-9 and the debts owed to it by other organisations.
Summer-born children: starting school
Published 03 August 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7272
An overview of the flexibility for parents of summer-born children in England to request for their children to be admitted to school outside of their normal age group, and Governmental and parliamentary activity considering potential changes.

Topic: Schools

Manufacturing: Key Economic Indicators
Published 03 August 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05206
Manufacturing: Data on maufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.
Water Framework Directive: achieving good status of water bodies
Published 31 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7246
The Water Framework Directive requires the UK to achieve 'good' status of all water bodies by 2015, but in 2012 only 36% of water bodies in the UK met this standard. This note examines the requirements of the Directive; sets out some facts and figures for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and explains what happens if the requirements are not met.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published 31 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
Police numbers: Social Indicators page
Published 31 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02615
Police numbers: Social Indicators page

Topics: Employment, Police

Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published 31 July 2015 | 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.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published 31 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
EU budget 2014 - 2020
Published 31 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06455
This note considers the EU budget and how it is financed. It includes the UK's contributions and receipts to and from the EU budget and discusses the UK's rebate.

Topic: EU budget

Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published 30 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published 30 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02787
Components of GDP: data on the components that make up GDP, including household consumption, government spending, investment, net trade and output by sector.
GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published 30 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published 30 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
Charities and the voluntary sector: statistics
Published 30 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05428
Statistics on the size, income and activities of the voluntary sector. Includes data on social investment, National Lottery funding, charitable giving and rates of informal and formal volunteering.
Interest Rates and the Money Supply: Key Economic Indicators
Published 30 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02802
Interest Rates and Money Supply: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England’s quantitative easing policy; and the latest money supply data for the UK.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published 29 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.

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