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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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Junior doctor contracts in England
Published Monday, September 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7314
This Commons Library briefing provides background information on the introduction of a new contract for doctors in training (junior doctors) in England, including a summary of the proposed changes, and background on negotiations between NHS Employers and the BMA.
School inspections in England: Ofsted
Published Monday, September 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07091
This note gives answers to some common questions on Ofsted inspections of state-funded schools in England. It looks at the practicalities of inspection and the implications of Ofsted 'gradings'. It also provides information on current topical issues in inspection.

Topic: Schools

Leadership Elections: Labour Party
Published Monday, September 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03938
This Commons Library Briefing Paper sets out the current rules for the election of the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.
Ministers in the 2015 Conservative Governments
Published Monday, September 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7335
Ministerial office holders in the 2015 Conservative Governments
Chairs of House of Commons Select Committee since 2010
Published Monday, September 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN04400
Chairs of House of Commons Select Committees since the 2010 General Election
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, September 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, September 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Designing a Circular Economy
Published Monday, September 26, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0536
Circular economies recover resources at their highest quality and keep them in circulation for longer. Shifting to this model could alleviate concerns arising from current approaches to material use, such as resource insecurity and pollution. This POSTnote outlines what a circular economy could look like and summarises some of the benefits of, and challenges to, creating one.
NHS Commissioning before April 2013
Published Friday, September 23, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05607
This briefing paper looks at the development of commissioning arrangements in the NHS in England up to April 2013 and provides background to the Coalition Government’s policies for reform.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 23, 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.
2018 Boundary Review: initial proposals for England
Published Friday, September 23, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7716
This Commons Library Briefing Paper examines the initial proposals for new constituency boundaries in England. It looks at the extent to which proposed constituencies can be identified with existing seats, and the area and electorates of the proposed seats.
Welfare savings 2010-11 to 2020-21
Published Friday, September 23, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7667
The House of Commons Library Welfare Expenditure and Savings Tool combines multiple sources of expenditure and savings data into one easy to use, up-to-date analysis tool. Users can track changes in welfare expenditure over time, analyse savings as a proportion of expenditure and identify key policy measures by benefit announced since June 2010. Total spending on UK social security and tax credits will be £218.4 billion in 2016-17, 28.3% of total managed expenditure. Measures announced since 2010 will save around £26 billion in the same year, roughly 10% of what welfare spending might otherwise have been.
GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 23, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
EU budget and the UK's contribution
Published Thursday, September 22, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06455
This note considers the EU's spending and how it is financed. It includes the UK's contributions and receipts to and from the EU budget and discusses the UK's rebate.

Topic: EU budget

Mobile Coverage in the UK: Government plans to tackle ‘mobile not-spots’
Published Thursday, September 22, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07069
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper summarises Government and industry proposals to extend mobile coverage across the UK. Mobile 'not-spots' and 'partial not-spots' - areas where there is currently no mobile coverage and areas which have coverage from some but not all of the 4 mobile networks - currently affect parts of the UK, particularly rural areas.
Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: statistics
Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | 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.
Public Finances: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02812
Latest data on net borrowing and net debt. This includes provisional estimates for 2015/16.
Secondary annuities market
Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7707
Looks at plans to allow annuity holders to sell that income stream to a third party from April 2017

Topic: Pensions

Selecting a new UN Secretary-General
Published Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7544
The selection process is well under way for a new UN Secretary-General to head the organisation from 2017, as described in this Commons Library briefing paper.
Land Registry Privatisation
Published Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7556
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of the role and functions of the Land Registry, and historical reviews of its operating model. The Government has consulted on proposals to move Land Registry operations to the private sector, and is currently analysing the consultation responses. The paper outlines the debate for and against privatisation of the Land Registry.

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