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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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GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 28, 2017 | 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.
Ethnic Minorities in Politics and Public life
Published Friday, July 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01156
Currently around 8% of Members of both Houses are from an ethnic minority background. This compares with 13.6% of UK population. The share of non-white population is the most proportionally represented in the Civil Service (11.6%), whereas the NHS has the largest share of ethnic minority staff (18%).
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Gambling advertising: regulation in Great Britain
Published Friday, July 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7428
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at gambling advertising in Great Britain.

Topic: Gambling

Registration and management of sex offenders
Published Friday, July 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05267
This note provides an overview of the various measures in Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 aimed at enabling the police to monitor and manage sex offenders living in the local area. It considers the requirement for certain sex offenders to notify the police of personal information such as their name and address, and to update the police whenever this information changes. The police record of these notifications is commonly referred to as the "sex offenders' register". It also considers a range of civil orders that can be used to manage the behaviour of sex offenders.
What is the Council of Europe?
Published Thursday, July 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8061
This Commons Library briefing gives a short introduction to the 47-member Council of Europe, which is a human rights and democracy organisation, entirely separate from the EU. Its best-known products are the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights that oversees how the Convention is implemented.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, July 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data for the sector that incorporates the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Acid attacks
Published Thursday, July 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8041
In response to concerns about increasing number of acid attacks, this briefing looks at controls on the sale of acid and at relevant criminal offences.
Turnout at elections
Published Thursday, July 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8060
This note looks at turnout in a variety of UK elections. It provides a range of statistics on turnout at both national and local elections as well as the devolved administrations and European Parliament elections. Where possible comparisons to other countries are made.
Counter-extremism policy in English schools
Published Thursday, July 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7345
This briefing sets out duties on schools in England to safeguard children from extremism, and promote British values, and related policy debates.

Topics: Schools, Terrorism

Women in Public Life, the Professions and the Boardroom
Published Thursday, July 27, 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.
Rail structures, ownership and reform
Published Thursday, July 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7992
This paper explains the various ways railways are structured around the world and sets out how rail structures in Great Britain have developed to date and prospects for the future.

Topic: Railways

Brexit and data protection
Published Thursday, July 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7838
This Library Briefing Paper looks at data protection and what might happen after Brexit.
Rail electrification
Published Thursday, July 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05907
This briefing paper explains the rail electrification schemes planned by the Labour, Coalition and Conservative governments and where things currently stand with each one.

Topic: Railways

Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, July 27, 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.
Local Growth Deals
Published Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07120
This note looks at the creation of the Single Local Growth Fund and the process of allocating Growth Deal funding to Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Prison Overcrowding
Published Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0049
This Lords Library briefing has been written ahead of a debate in the House of Lords on 7 September 2017 on overcrowding in prisons.

Topic: Prisons

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.

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