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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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    Topics: Research material can be filtered by subject using the topic terms. The topics are arranged in a taxonomy (a hierarchical classification) and can be further filtered using sub-topics.

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Immigration Bill 2015-16: Lords amendments and ping-pong stages
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7558
The Immigration Bill 2015-16 is currently in ping-pong stage. This Commons Library briefing paper gives an overview of the latest developments with the Bill.
Anti-corruption summit in May 2016
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0098
This is a short overview of the issues that may be discussed in the debate in Westminster Hall on 3 May 2016 between 9.30 and 11am - Anti-corruption summit. The Member who secured the debate is Nigel Mills MP (Conservative, Amber Valley).
UK relations with the Gulf
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0097
The House of Commons Library prepares a briefing in hard copy and/or online for most non-legislative debates in the Chamber and Westminster Hall other than half-hour debates. Debate Packs are produced after the announcement of parliamentary business. They are intended to provide a summary or overview of the issue being debated and identify relevant briefings and useful documents, including press and parliamentary material. More detailed briefing can be prepared for Members on request to the Library.
Black and Minority Ethnic People in the Workplace in Britain
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0021
This Lords Library briefing presents information on the recently announced review to examine the progression of black and ethnic minority (BME) people within the labour market. It also sets out commentary from a selection of external bodies and the findings from a Government review into BME progression in the civil service. Finally, the briefing references various statistical sources of information on employment by BME status.
Press regulation after Leveson - unfinished business?
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7576
Part 1 of the Leveson Inquiry into the press reported in 2012. Part 2, which has a wider remit, has yet to begin. What is the state of play on press regulation and what changes have been made to the law?

Topic: Media

Performance of the North East Ambulance Service
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0096
There will be a debate on the Performance of the North East Ambulance Service in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 4 May 2016 at 2.30pm. Sharon Hodgson MP will lead the debate. This House of Commons Library page provides some background to the debate, some performance indicators and links to reports and further reading.
Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02787
Components of GDP: data on the components that make up GDP, including household consumption, government spending, investment, trade and output by sector.
Every School an Academy: The White Paper Proposals
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7549
This House of Commons Library briefing discusses the Government's proposals to convert all state-funded schools in England to academy status. It sets out the relevant proposals in the Education White Paper, the reaction that has followed the announcement, and also provides information on academy performance

Topic: Schools

Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
English Baccalaureate
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06045
This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the history and purpose of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), and the Government's future plans. The Government has announced plans for the EBacc to be taken by over 90% of school children in England by 2020. The briefing includes reaction to that announcement, and the recent consultation.

Topic: Schools

Inheritance Tax : reliefs
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN00573
This note provides a summary description of the structure of inheritance tax and the main reliefs which are available.

Topics: Death, Taxation

Policy on the dispersal of asylum seekers
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0095
A Westminster Hall debate on the motion that "this House has considered asylum seeker dispersal policy" will be held on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 1130hrs. The Member in charge of this debate is Simon Danczuk.

Topics: Asylum, Immigration

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Wild Animals In Circuses
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05992
This policy briefing provides information on the licensing scheme for wild animals in circuses, and proposals to legislate to ban the use of wild animals in circuses in England. The paper also outlines policy developments in the Devolved Administrations.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 29, 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.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Children: Grandparents and others who require leave of the court to apply for access
Published Friday, April 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7574
This House of Commons library briefing paper explains the processes by which grandparents and others can agree access or residency with a child following, for example, parental separation.

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