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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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Lifetime survivors pensions from public service schemes
Published Thursday, February 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07109
Looks at why some survivors of public service pension scheme members lose their survivors pensions if they remarry or cohabit

Topic: Pensions

Manufacturing: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, February 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05206
Manufacturing: Data on maufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.
Political disengagement in the UK: who is disengaged?
Published Thursday, February 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7501
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information about which groups in the UK are considered to be politically disengaged, and why.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, February 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
The UN Inquiry into the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the UK
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7367
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is conducting an inquiry into the impact of the UK Government's policies on people with disabilities in relation to their human rights obligations. This briefing paper provides information on the Committee, details of the inquiry and an overview of the Government's policies in relation to people with disabilities.
Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
Planning Reform Proposals
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06418
Reforms aimed at making the planning system quicker and simpler to use are high on the Government's agenda, as set out in the 2015 Productivity Plan. Provisions in the Housing and Planning Bill make changes to the planning system with the aim of getting more houses built. This paper sets out the Government’s key planning reform proposals and those changes in the process of being made.
Equitable Life: further compensation debate
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0037
This note summarises the history behind the continuing campaign for more compensation for Equitable Life policyholders.

Topic: Pensions

Source of statistics: School level data
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7500
What data is published at a school level in the UK and where can I find it?
State Pension Uprating
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05649
Looks at the current policy on uprating the State Pension and Pension Credit

Topic: Pensions

Debate Pack: Conservation of sea bass
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0042
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on Conservation of sea bass and the effect of related EU measures on the UK recreational fishing industry to take place in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 11 February 2016. The subject for the debate has been chosen by the Backbench Business Committee and will be on the motion 'That this House believes that the recent EU restrictions on recreational sea bass fishing are unfair and fail to address the real threat to the future viability of UK sea bass stocks; and calls on the Government to make representations within the Council of the EU on the reconsideration of the imposition of those restrictions.'
UK and European sea bass conservation measures
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN00745
Seabass - an important fish species for commercial fishermen and recreational anglers. This note addresses issues around seabass Minimum Landing Size, stock management and current Government policy, and the emergency conservation measures in 2015/16
A new victims' law in 2016?
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07139
There have been many calls for reform of the law on victims' rights in England and Wales. This Briefing Paper looks at how the Victims' Code has developed; funding and commissioning of services; and proposals for new legislation from the main parties and others.
Criminal Injuries Compensation: The "same roof" rule
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7498
Some victims of abuse which took place before 1 October 1979 cannot get awards from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme because they lived in the same house as their attacker. This Briefing Paper explains the background, It covers England, Scotland and Wales.

Topics: Crime, Criminal law

EU reform negotiations: the Tusk package
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7497
What did David Cameron ask for in his bid to change the UK's terms of EU membership before holding a referendum on whether to stay in or leave the EU? What has the European Council President Donald Tusk come up with by way of a draft deal and will it be acceptable to the other Member States and the UK electorate? What's been going on behind the scenes? This paper looks at the proposals, their implications and prospects for agreement.
"Common law marriage" and cohabitation
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03372
The Commons Library has published a briefing paper which provides general information about the number of cohabiting couples, how the law applies to cohabitants, and about the Law Commission’s proposals for reform.
School meals and nutritional standards
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN04195
The main recent policy developments regarding school meals, including the revised school food standards and provision of free school meals.
Wilson Doctrine
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN04258
The Wilson Doctrine is a convention that MPs' communications should not be intercepted by the intelligence services. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal gave judgement on 14 October 2015 clarifying the Doctrine's status and effect and the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill, published in November 2015, introduced proposals to place the existing arrangements on a statutory footing. This Briefing Paper sets out the background.
Knives and offensive weapons
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN00330
This briefing provides information on the two main categories of offence relating to knives and offensive weapons in England and Wales: offences relating to possession and offences relating to sale and supply. This briefing sets out the various offences and sentences which are contained in a number of pieces of legislation. It also describes police guidance on cautioning and charging and government policy on knife crime.
Peerage Creations since 1997
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05867
This House of Commons briefing paper provides details of appointments to the House of Lords from May 1997 to January 2016. It provides tables showing the numbers appointed under Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron, broken down by party affiliation at the time of appointment. It also includes a chronological list of all those appointed during this period.

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