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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.
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Homelessness Reduction Bill 2016-17 Committee Stage Report
Published Monday, January 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7854
The Report stage of the Homelessness Reduction Bill 2016-17 will take place on 27 January 2017. This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the Bill's progress through Public Bill Committee. The main thrust of the Bill is to refocus English local authorities on efforts to prevent homelessness.
Access to Kadcyla and other breast cancer drugs
Published Monday, January 23, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0029
This Debate Pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on access to Kadcyla and other breast cancer drugs, to be held on Thursday 26 January. The subject for the debate has been chosen by the Backbench Business Committee, following a representation by Siobhain McDonagh.

Topic: Diseases

The future of civil partnership
Published Monday, January 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7856
This Commons Library briefing paper considers the calls made by some for civil partnership to be made available to opposite sex couples
UK decarbonisation and carbon capture and storage
Published Monday, January 23, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0023
This Debate pack has been prepared for the debate on UK decarbonisation and carbon capture and storage to take place in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 24 January 2017 at 2:30pm. The subject for debate has been chosen by Philip Boswell, MP for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill.
Abolition of the ESA Work-Related Activity Component
Published Monday, January 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7649
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and details the changes to the Work Related Activity Component that will be introduced from April 2017. The paper also includes information on the mitigating support announced by the Government.
Higher education student numbers
Published Monday, January 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7857
Headline student numbers have increased to new records following a short dip after to the 2012 reforms. There are however ongoing concerns about numbers outside this group where trends have not been so positive, including part-time undergraduates, some postgraduates students, overseas students from some countries, especially India, mature students and some disadvantaged groups. There is also uncertainty about the impact of Brexit on EU student numbers.
UK Trends in Infectious Disease
Published Monday, January 23, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0545
This POSTnote looks at recent UK trends in infectious disease, with a focus on those infections for which vaccines are not yet available, and where the development of antimicrobial resistance is a serious concern.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, January 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
Statutory Pubs Code and the Pubs Code Adjudicator
Published Monday, January 23, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0027
The Statutory Pubs Code and the Adjudicator. This is a debate pack for the Backbench Business debate on 26 January 2017. The Backbench Business Committee allocated time for the debate following the request made to it by Mr Greg Mulholland and Mr Laurence Robertson on 6 December 2016. It summarises the role of the Adjudicator and why it was thought necessary to create the Pubs Code. It also provides background material on the continuing controversy over the appointment of Paul Newby as the first Adjudicator and how the Code is perceived to be operating since coming into effect on 21 July 2016.

Topic: Competition

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.
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.

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