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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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Future Energy Efficiency Policy
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0550
This POSTnote outlines the benefits and costs of future improvements in energy efficiency across various UK sectors. It then describes the barriers to energy efficiency measures, outlines options for future energy efficiency policy and summarises analyses of the effectiveness of different policy options.
Productivity in the UK
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06492
The briefing provides latest statistics on UK productivity including breakdowns by sector and region/country of the UK. It also explains why productivity is important to growth, the public finances and living standards, analyses whether the stagnation in productivity is temporary or permanent, looks at the impact of Brexit on productivity growth and outlines Government policy. International comparisons are also included.
Women around the world: International Women's Day 2017
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7910
This briefing gives an introduction to International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrated on the 8th of March. It examines a variety of indicators for women’s equality both in the UK and internationally.
Poverty in the Liverpool city region
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0064
A debate will be held on poverty in the Liverpool city region in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 1 March at 2.30pm.
Welsh Affairs - annual debate on 2 March 2017
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0068
A general debate on Welsh Affairs is held each year in the Commons Chamber on, or around, St David’s Day. Since 2010 the Backbench Business Committee has allocated time for the annual debate from its 35 allotted days. The debate in on the motion: “that this House has considered Welsh Affairs.”
Business rates
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06247
A brief guide to the system of non-domestic rating, better known as ‘business rates’.
Data protection: constituency casework
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01936
This Commons Library Briefing Paper looks at the Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) (Elected Representatives) Order 2002 (SI 2002/2905).
Motor car insurance
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06061
This note outlines some of the factors influencing the cost of motor insurance premiums and what government and the industry have done to try and reduce costs.
Women in Parliament and Government
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01250
191 women MPs were elected at the 2015 General Election, 29% of all MPs and a record high. Prior to 1987 women had never been more than 5% of MPs. 456 women have been elected to the Commons since 1918, surpassing the current number of male MPs.
Redundancies at CSC
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0060
A debate on proposed redundancies at consulting and IT services firm Computer Sciences Corporation, sponsored by Toby Perkins, will be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 28 February 2017 at 4.30pm. 
LGBT History Month
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0059
A debate on LGBT History Month, sponsored by Richard Arkless, will be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 28 February 2017 at 2.30pm. The debate will last for one and a half hours.

Topic: Schools

Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, February 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
Anti-social neighbours living in private housing (England)
Published Saturday, February 25, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01012
This Commons Library briefing paper outlines the legal position and potential remedies available where people find themselves living next door to tenants of private landlords or owner-occupiers who exhibit anti-social behaviour. The briefing focuses on the legal position in England.
Anti-social behaviour in social housing (England)
Published Saturday, February 25, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00264
This Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the remedies available to social landlords to deal with tenants who exhibit anti-social behaviour. The paper focuses on England but some of the same legislation applies in Wales. Scotland and Northern Ireland operate under different legislative regimes.
Importance of intellectual property to the British economy
Published Friday, February 24, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0063
A Westminster Hall debate on the importance of intellectual property to the British economy has been scheduled for 0930hrs on Tuesday 28 February 2017. The Member in charge of this debate is Nigel Adams MP.
Women in Public Life, the Professions and the Boardroom
Published Friday, February 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05170
How are women represented in public life, the professions and the boardroom? This note sets out key trends and statistics, covering politics, public appointments, civil servants the judiciary, the NHS, education and leading private sector vocations.
Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, February 24, 2017 | 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.
Careers guidance in schools, colleges and universities (England)
Published Friday, February 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7236
This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at the requirements on schools, colleges and universities in England to provide careers guidance, the quality of the advice provided, and also the organisations working to provide careers advice.
Pensioner benefits
Published Friday, February 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06354
Looks at the main benefits available to pensioners, in addition to the State Pension, and the debate on whether they should be reformed
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, February 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.

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