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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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Productivity in the UK
Published 04 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06492
The briefing provides latest statistics on UK productivity including breakdowns by sector and region/country of the UK. It also explains why productivity is important to growth, the public finances and living standards, analyses whether the stagnation in productivity is temporary or permanent and outlines the Government's productivity plan. International comparisons are also included.
Peerage Creations since 1997
Published 04 September 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0026
This House of Lords Library In Focus provides a snapshot of appointments to the House of Lords since May 1997. It provides tables showing the numbers appointed under the Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron, broken down by party affiliation at the time of appointment. It also provides the total numbers appointed by party over the same period.
The Assisted Dying (No 2) Bill 2015
Published 04 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7292
This Briefing Paper is prepared for the Second Reading of the Assisted Dying (No 2) Bill 2015 on 11 September 2015.
Devolution to local government in England
Published 04 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07029
This note summarises proposals from the Government, and others, for devolution of power to Manchester and other large cities in England.
Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators
Published 04 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02811
Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.
Taxation of banking
Published 04 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05251
This note looks at the public debate about reforming the tax treatment of the banking sector in the wake of the financial crisis, before discussing the different approaches taken by the Labour Government, its Coalition successor and the new Conservative Government.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published 04 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Alcohol: minimum pricing
Published 04 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05021
A ban on the sale of alcohol below cost price, defined as alcohol duty plus VAT, came into force on 28 May 2014. This followed the Coalition Government's announcement in July 2013 that it would not introduce a minimum unit price. Alcohol charities and public health groups continue to argue for the introduction of a minimum unit price, claiming that this would have more of an impact on alcohol-related harm than the ban on below cost selling.
Meeting London's housing need
Published 04 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7287
This briefing paper considers evidence of London's housing crisis; how much additional housing is needed; and the barriers and potential solutions to the issue arising from a selection of research projects.
The Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda
Published 04 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7291
UN Member States are set to agree 17 'Sustainable Development Goals' at an extraordinary Summit of the UN General Assembly later this month. At various points during the negotiations, the UK Government has expressed concern that 17 goals is too many.
Constituency Casework: Anti-Social Behaviour
Published 03 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7270
Get help with constituency casework: Anti-Social Behaviour. A briefing to assist MPs and their staff in dealing with enquiries from constituents regarding anti-social behaviour.
Interest Rates and the Money Supply: Key Economic Indicators
Published 03 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02802
Interest Rates and Money Supply: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England’s quantitative easing policy; and the latest money supply data for the UK.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published 03 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
BBC: Future Financing and Independence
Published 03 September 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-0026
This Library Note sets out background information about the BBC’s purpose, funding and independence and explains the Royal Charter renewal process. It then provides an overview of the green paper’s four themes and highlights the views on these of the BBC Trust and, where relevant, those expressed by parliamentary committees.

Topics: Media, Broadcasting

Syrian refugees and the UK
Published 03 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06805
As the Syrian crisis gets ever deeper and worries grow about the many Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, there is pressure for the UK to accept more Syrian refugees. 216 people have been resettled in the UK under the 'Syrian vulnerable persons relocation scheme' (as at March 2015), and over 4,000 Syrians have been granted asylum in the UK.

Topics: Asylum, Middle East

Regeneration of towns and cities in England
Published 02 September 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0055
This is a Debate Pack for the debate on Regeneration of towns and cities in England in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 8 September 2015. Debate Packs are collections of parliamentary and other relevant material produced for most non-legislative debates in the Chamber and Westminster Hall, other than half hour adjournment debates
Spending Review 2015: background
Published 02 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7290
Background to the Spending Review 2015 which will be announced on 25 November 2015.
Manufacturing: Key Economic Indicators
Published 02 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05206
Manufacturing: Data on maufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.
Unemployment by ethnic background
Published 02 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06385
The unemployment rate varies considerably among different ethnicities. This note looks at unemployment by ethnic background, including analysis by age group and gender.
Apprenticeships policy, England
Published 02 September 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN03052
This note provides a summary of apprenticeships policy in England.

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