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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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Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, February 21, 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.
Public Finances: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02812
Latest data on net borrowing and net debt. This includes provisional estimates for 2015/16.
Armed forces and investigation and prosecution of historical cases
Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0061
An Opposition Day debate on a motion relating to Armed forces and investigation and prosecution of historical cases will be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 23 February 2017. The debate will arise on a motion in the name of the Democratic Unionist Party.
UK policy on ratifying the Istanbul Convention on preventing violence against women
Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7829
This Commons Library Briefing Paper gives background to Dr Eilidh Whiteford's Private Members' Bill requiring the UK Government to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women (the "Istanbul Convention").
Redundancies at CSC
Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0060
A debate on proposed redundancies at consulting and IT services firm Computer Sciences Corporation, sponsored by Toby Perkins, will be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 28 February 2017 at 4.30pm. 
Police Grant Report (England and Wales)
Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0056
This debate pack has been compiled ahead of the Motion to approve the Police Grant Report (England and Wales) 2017/18 on Wednesday 22 February 2017.

Topic: Police

Constituency casework: schools in Wales
Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7904
This House of Commons Library briefing provides an introduction and reference guide to the key schools-related topics often raised with Members by constituents in Wales.

Topic: Schools

LGBT History Month
Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0059
A debate on LGBT History Month, sponsored by Richard Arkless, will be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 28 February 2017 at 2.30pm.  The debate will last for one and a half hours.

Topic: Schools

Role of fathers in the family unit
Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0058
The debate, entitled "Role of fathers in the family unit" and sponsored by Neil Gray, will take place in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 1 March at 4.30pm for one and a half hours.
Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0018
This Lords Library briefing provides a short overview of the Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill (HL Bill 99 of 2016–17), its key provisions, and a summary of its passage through the House of Commons in advance of the Bill's second reading in the House of Lords on Friday 24 February 2017.

Topic: Broadcasting

Promoting trade with the Commonwealth
Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0049
A debate will be held on promoting trade with the Commonwealth to in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 22 February at 2.30pm. The subject for debate has been chosen by Jake Berry MP.
Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill: Committee Stage Report
Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7885
The Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill, which was presented on 29 June 2016, is sponsored by Gareth Johnson MP. The Bill passed Second Reading in the Commons on 25 November 2016. Several amendments which narrow the scope of the Bill were adopted in Committee on 1 February 2017. Report Stage and Third Reading is now scheduled for 24 February 2017. The Bill has the full support of the Government and is therefore considered likely to progress.
The care home market (England)
Published Monday, February 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7463
This note considers the current state of the market for residential care (i.e. care homes).
Changes in council funding and social care
Published Monday, February 20, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0051
Adult Social Care Funding (England)
Published Monday, February 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7903
This paper examines the key funding pressures facing adult social care services in England and evidence of the impacts of these pressures on social care and health services. The paper explains the additional funding for adult social care that the Government has made available through the Social Care Precept, improved Better Care Fund and Adult Social Care Support Grant. The paper also discusses stakeholder concerns about a growing social care ‘funding gap’, and calls for a comprehensive review of the long-term sustainability of social care.
Pensions: Automatic enrolment - 2010 onwards
Published Monday, February 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06417
The Workplace pension reforms started to be introduced from 2012. Under the reforms, employers are required to automatically enrol workers into a qualifying pension scheme and, unless the worker opts out, make minimum contributions. This briefing paper looks at progress to date and the debate on the way forward, including the 2017 review

Topic: Pensions

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, February 20, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0017
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background reading in advance of the second reading of the Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill in the House of Lords on Friday 24 February 2017.
Accident and Emergency Statistics: Demand, Performance and Pressure
Published Monday, February 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06964
England's A&E attendances in 2016 were 5.2% higher than in 2015. In 2016 16.2% of patients spent over 4 hours in major A&E departments, compared with 4.8% five years ago. This briefing gives stats on A&E demand, performance and pressure for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Finances of the Monarchy
Published Monday, February 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00819
This briefing provides information about the Royal finances. It includes figures for the official income and expenditure of the Queen and the Prince of Wales. Statistics are published in full in the supplementary tables at the bottom of the page.

Topic: Crown

Section 75 employer debt and multi-employer pension schemes
Published Monday, February 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7684
Looks at the application of the "section 75 employer debt provisions" to multi-employer pension schemes

Topic: Pensions

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