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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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Comparing private rented sector policies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7624
This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides a summary of the different approaches adopted by the Governments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in regard to some key areas of private rented sector policy.
Public sector pay
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8037
This briefing provides an overview of public sector pay policy; the financial implications of the cap and the cost of removing it; trends in public sector pay; and recent debate on the subject.
Syria and Iraq: update June 2017
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8011
The campaign for Mosul is making good progress and the re-conquest of Raqqah from ISIS is beginning. The Assad government looks as if it is here to stay, however.
Post office numbers
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02585
At the end of March 2017 the number of post offices in the Post Office Network stood at 11,659. The number of post office braches have remained relatively stable since around 2009. Over the longer term (since 1981/82) the number of post offices has almost halved.
The Office for Budget Responsibility and Charter for Budget Responsibility
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05657
This briefing investigates who the Office for Budget Responsibility are and what they do. It also discusses the government's fiscal targets, which are included in the Charter for Budget Responsibility.
Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7912
This reading list brings together briefings on Brexit by the Parliamentary libraries and the Devolved Assembly research services with reports by Parliamentary and Devolved Assembly committees following the result of the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: statistics
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05745
This is a purely statistical note on public sector borrowing (the budget deficit), public sector debt and government debt interest payments.
Litter: key trends, policy and legislation
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06984
A House of Commons Library Briefing Paper examining trends in litter and the policy and legislation in place to address litter problems in England. Information for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is also included.
Public Finances: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02812
Latest data on government net borrowing and net debt.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Media ownership: the 21st Century Fox/Sky merger
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7969
This Library briefing paper looks at the proposed merger of 21st Century Fox and Sky plc.
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 21, 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.
Postal services
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06763
This note gives an overview of postal services in the UK. It discusses current regulation, market trends and consumer problems.
Self-employment in the construction industry
Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00196
This note gives some background to the question of employment status and the difficulties it has caused in the construction sector, before discussing initiatives by both the Labour Government in 2009 and the Coalition Government in 2014, and more recent debates as to the possibility of a longer-term solution to this issue.
Commons Library analysis: Bees and neonicotinoids
Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06656
This briefing concentrates on the interaction between bees and a group of insecticides - known as neonicotinoids - which have been in the spotlight after a number of studies yielded evidence (although much of that evidence is contested) of sub-lethal, harmful effects on bees. In July 2015, the UK Government granted an emergency authorisation for the use of restricted neonicotinoids on oil seed rape seeds in four English counties. Similar application for emergency authorisations for 2016 and 2017 were rejected.
Public spending: a brief introduction
Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8046
The government expects to spend £802 billion in 2017-18, the most it has ever spent in cash terms. This money can be categorised in a number of different ways, including the method by which the spending was planned, the governmental function it is spent on, the departments and public bodies doing the spending, and the geographical areas where the money is spent. This note describes the different ways in which public spending is categorised, and presents statistics and commentary on recent spending in each category.
Gambling advertising: regulation in Great Britain
Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7428
This Library briefing paper looks at the regulation of gambling advertising in Great Britain.

Topic: Gambling

Fixed odds betting terminals
Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06946
This Library briefing paper looks at the controversy over fixed odds betting terminals.

Topic: Gambling

Hereditary By-elections: Results
Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0047
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a list of hereditary peers’ by-election results since the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, including information on turn out and the number of candidates.

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