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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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English Baccalaureate
Published 22 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06045
The history and purpose of the English Baccalaureate, and the Government's future plans

Topic: Schools

Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published 22 May 2015 | 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.
Delays in processing passport applications
Published 22 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06916
Concerns about delays in processing passport applications became prominent during spring/summer 2014. A range of measures were implemented to address the problems, including certain concessions for applicants who need to travel urgently. As a result of reviews into the delays, HM Passport Office lost its executive agency status from 1 October 2014 and is now directly accountable to Home Office Ministers.

Topic: Nationality

Company Audit Thresholds
Published 22 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02845
Company Audit exemptions. By Tim Edmonds. SN/BT/2845.
Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published 22 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published 22 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: statistics
Published 22 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05745
This is a purely statistical note on public sector borrowing (the budget deficit), public sector debt and government debt interest payments.
Public Finances: Key Economic Indicators
Published 22 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02812
Latest data on net borrowing and net debt. Includes provisional outturns for 2014/15.
Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators
Published 22 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02811
Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.
Comparison of homelessness duties in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Published 21 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7201
Comparison of the legal duties to tackle homelessness and assist people presenting as homeless in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland. In this devolved policy area, increasingly divergent approaches are emerging from the four nations.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published 21 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
In brief: UK-EU economic relations
Published 21 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06091
This note sets out, in brief, some of the main indicators of the UK’s economic relationship with the EU, including trade, investment, employment and the UK's contribution to the EU Budget.
Planning Obligations (Section 106 Agreements)
Published 21 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7200
This briefing paper looks at recent changes to planning obligations, the appeals process surrounding them and how planning obligations interact with the Community Infrastructure Levy. The brief looks at England only.

Topics: Planning, Housing

House of Lords: Maiden and Valedictory Speeches, 2010–2015
Published 21 May 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-0011
The first and last speeches made by a Member of the House of Lords are significant occasions and, by tradition, are marked with respect by the House.
NEET: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training
Published 21 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06705
943,000 people aged 16-24 were NEET in the first quarter of 2015, 13.0% of people in this age group. Schemes introduced by the previous Government with elements aimed at reducing the number of young people who are NEET included: raising the participation age, the Youth Contract and the Work Programme.
NHS Indicators: England, May 2015
Published 21 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7195
A summary of statistical indicators for NHS England in the following areas: accident and emergency attendance and performance; ambulance call volume and response times; waiting times for routine treatment; waiting times for cancer diagnosis and treatment; cancelled operations; delayed transfers of care; diagnostic waiting times and activity; waiting times for mental health treatment; workforce numbers for doctors, nurses and other staff; hospital activity, referrals and admissions; and bed availability and occupancy.
Devolution to local government in England
Published 20 May 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.
Late Payment of debts
Published 20 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06640
This note provides a history of the UK's legislation and other initiatives on late payment of debts.
Permitted Development Rights
Published 20 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN00485
Permitted development rights allow changes to be made to buildings and use of land without needing planning permission. The former Government introduced a number of new permitted development rights which came into force in April 2015, which are set out in this note.

Topic: Planning

The Warm Home Discount Scheme
Published 20 May 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05956
This Note describes the Warm Home Discount (WHD) scheme; the scheme originally ran from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2015 and offers a rebate on electricity bills, of £120 in year 1 rising to £140 in year 4. However, the scheme was extended in March 2015 for a fifth year to March 2016.

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