Research briefings

This page provides access to research briefings produced by the Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). You can find research briefings by sorting by date, type, or one of 350 topics. Pick your options from the dropdown menus.

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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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Opposition Day Debate on Tax Credits and Support for Working Families
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0033
This page provides background information for the Opposition Day Debate, Tax credits and support for working families, on Wednesday 1 July 2015.
Devolution of financial powers to the Scottish Parliament: recent developments
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07077
This paper discusses the proposals made by the Smith Commission - in its report published in November 2014 - for further devolution of power to the Scottish Government, in relation to taxation, funding and borrowing, and the Government’s plans for their implementation.
Pension flexibilities
Published 01 July 2015 | 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

Apprenticeships policy, England
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN03052
This note provides a summary of apprenticeships policy in England.
Productivity: Key Economic Indicators
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02791
Latest statistics showing changes in UK productivity and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries.
Comparison of homelessness duties in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Published 01 July 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7201
Comparison of the legal duties to tackle homelessness and assist people presenting as homeless in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland. In this devolved policy area, increasingly divergent approaches are emerging from the four nations.
Ballot Bills since 1997
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN04055
Results of the 2015 Private Members’ bills ballot and spreadsheet showing results from previous sessions since 1997
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Westminster Hall debate: Operational productivity in NHS providers - Dr Matthew Offord
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0030
This page contains background information for the Westminster Hall debate, Operational productivity in NHS providers, on Wednesday 1 July 2015, including a Library summary, parliamentary questions and press material.
Financial provision on the breakdown of a relationship
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05655
This note deals with the law in England and Wales and relates to the division of a couple’s property and income when their marriage or civil partnership breaks down.
The gender pay gap
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07068
The Note reviews the differences between earnings for men and women - often referred to as the gender pay gap – using earnings data for April 2014 published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in its Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE).

Topics: Pay, Employment

Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Green Belt
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN00934
Government's policy on the green belt protection is set out in the National Planning Policy Framework and associated guidance. This note sets out further information on thes size of the green belt, the number of new homes constructed on it and on possible future policy changes.
Women in the House of Lords
Published 30 June 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-0017
This Note provides a short history of women in the House of Lords, looking at the events which led to the first female Peers being permitted to sit in the House. It provides a list of ‘firsts’ for women in the House of Lords, and a list of women who have held significant office in the House.
Scotland Bill 2015-16: Committee stage report
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7233
This page will be updated in the course of the committee stage of the Scotland Bill to provide an account of significant changes, or of amendments that were not successful but generated interest. A full Briefing Paper will be published after the conclusion of the committee stage. It will be available from this page.
Green Investment Bank
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05977
The Government has announced the creation of a Green Investment Bank to stimulate investment in green technologie. This note includes details of its role and its location.
Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published 30 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
Greek debt crisis: background and developments in 2015
Published 29 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07114
This briefing provides background to and analysis of developments in the Greek debt crisis, including an overview of the origins of the crisis, a review of latest developments and looks at the what would happen if Greece defaults on its debt.
European banking union
Published 29 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06462
This note brings together the main documents and developments regarding the EU's pan-Community supervisory and recovery mechanism for members’ banking sectors - the Banking Union. Significant new measures were approved of in December 2013 it faces a severe test in respect to Greece in 2015..
The Benefit Cap
Published 29 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06294
This briefing explains how the household benefit cap operates and considers evidence of its impact to date. It goes on to consider the Government's proposal to reduce the cap from £26,000 to £23,000 per year and the potential impact of this on claimants.

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