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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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Reintroduction of the Royal Yacht Britannia for the purpose of international trade
Published Friday, September 30, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0170
This pack has been prepared ahead of the Westminster Hall debate on the reintroduction of the Royal Yacht Britannia for the purpose of international trade on Tuesday 11 October 2016.
GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 30, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 30, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
BBC Charter renewal
Published Friday, September 30, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03416
The current BBC Charter expires at the end of 2016. Negotiations are underway for its renewal. What is the process and what happened when it was last renewed?

Topic: Broadcasting

Recent policy developments: Grammar schools in England
Published Friday, September 30, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07070
This Commons Library briefing paper provides an outline of the current position relating to grammar schools. It covers Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement that the Government intends to remove the ban on the opening of entirely new grammar schools. It covers England only. This note also briefly outlines recent support and opposition to the establishment of new grammar schools. The final section provides a brief history of grammar schools.

Topic: Schools

Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 30, 2016 | 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.
Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 30, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
Business rates: the 2017 revaluation
Published Friday, September 30, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7722
This Commons Library briefing note explains the processes governing the 2017 business rates revaluation.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 30, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 30, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 30, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 30, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 30, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 30, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02787
Components of GDP: data on the components that make up GDP, including household consumption, government spending, investment, trade and output by sector.
The legal and regulatory framework for UK arms exports
Published Friday, September 30, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02729
This briefing provides an overview of the development of the legal and regulatory framework for UK arms exports since 1997. There have been two important changes to this regulatory framework since the Conservative Government took office in May 2015. The Government has announced the creation of a cross-government ‘Export Controls Joint Unit’ and responsibility for export controls has moved to the new Department for International Trade. Meanwhile, there has been mounting controversy over the use of UK-manufactured arms by Saudi Arabia in Yemen. This has led to some to question whether the current licensing system is fit-for-purpose.
"No-fault divorce"
Published Thursday, September 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN01409
This Commons Library briefing paper considers the current basis for divorce and arguments for and against the introduction of "no-fault" divorce.

Topic: Divorce

NEET: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training
Published Thursday, September 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06705
843,000 people aged 16-24 were NEET in the second quarter of 2016, representing 11.7% of the age group.
Local Libraries and Independent Bookshops in the UK
Published Thursday, September 29, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0047
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on local libraries and independent bookshops in the UK.
Pension flexibilities: the 'freedom and choice' reforms
Published Thursday, September 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06891
Looks at the rules which came into force in April 2015 giving people more flexibility about when and how to access their defined contribution pension savings

Topic: Pensions

Rewilding and Ecosystem Services
Published Thursday, September 29, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0537
This POSTnote explores the consequences of increasing the role of natural processes within landscapes. Evidence from the UK and abroad suggests that rewilding can benefit both wildlife and local people, but animal reintroductions could adversely affect some land-users.

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