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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 Friday, April 28, 2017 | 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, looks at the impact of Brexit on productivity growth and outlines Government policy. International comparisons are also included.
EU Agencies and post-Brexit options
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7957
What are EU agencies and what do they do? Will the UK be able to participate in their activities after Brexit? And what will happen to the two that are based in the UK? This paper looks at the roles and functions of EU agencies, the issues surrounding the two UK-based agencies, and whether there are options for continued UK participation after Brexit.
Yemen at war
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7184
The conflict in Yemen is causing massive suffering to Yemenis. It has recently ground to a halt, with neither side able to achieve decisive gains, but a political settlement remains elusive. Questions have been raised about the use of UK-supplied armaments.

Topic: Middle East

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | 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.
The regulation of letting and managing agents (England)
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06000
There is no overarching statutory regulation of private sector letting or managing agents in England. This Commons Library briefing paper describes the current regulatory regime in England. Comparisons are drawn with policy in the devolved nations.
Banning letting agency fees in England
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7955
This Commons Library briefing paper outlines the current law and initial responses to the Government's proposal to ban letting agent fees in England. The paper includes information on current practice in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
NATO Brussels Summit 2017: a preview
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7956
A short preview of the NATO summit in Brussels in May 2017 from the House of Commons Library.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data for the sector that incorporates the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Brexit reading list: legal and constitutional issues
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7702
The Commons Library has compiled, from a wide range of sources, a selection of analysis and comment relevant to the UK's forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union.
Council tax : discount on second homes and long-term empty properties
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02857
Certain council tax discounts have been awarded at the discretion of local authorities, in England, since 1 April 2013. The 'empty homes premium', allowing up to 150% council tax on long-term empty properties, was introduced at the same time. This note outlines the changes that have taken place.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 28, 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.
Local Government Finance Bill 2016-17: progress of the Bill
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7899
This briefing paper monitors the progress through Parliament of the Local Government Finance Bill 2016-17.
Reviewing and reforming business rates
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7538
A briefing paper on the introduction of 100% business rate retention and other changes to business rates announced in 2016-17.
Business rates
Published Friday, April 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06247
A brief guide to the system of non-domestic rating, better known as ‘business rates’.

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