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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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Reforming pension tax relief
Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7505
Looks at the current debate on pension tax relief reform

Topic: Pensions

Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
English language teaching for refugees
Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0195
There will be a debate, entitled: "English language teaching for refugees". It will be sponsored by Dame Caroline Spelman MP and will take place at Westminster Hall on Tuesday 24th October at 4.30pm, lasting for 90 minutes.
Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill 2017-19
Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8118
The briefing paper for this Bill will appear here on 20 October.
UK relations with Taiwan
Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0190
A debate on ‘UK relations with Taiwan’ has been scheduled for Tuesday 24 October in Westminster Hall at 9.30am. The debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee.
National Railway Museum and ownership of national assets
Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0193
A Westminster Hall debate on the National Railway Museum and ownership of national assets is scheduled for Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 4.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Kelvin Hopkins MP.
Police service strength
Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00634
This briefing paper explore police service strength data from the Home Office, Scottish Government, and Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Each country receives individual analysis utilising the available data from each police force area and international comparisons where available.

Topic: Police

UK Youth Parliament 2017
Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8110
A briefing paper for the 2017 Youth Parliament

Topic: Parliament

Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02797
Unemployment - national: data on International Labour Organisation unemployment, the headline measure of unemployment in the UK.

Topic: Unemployment

European Union (Approvals) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0071
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the European Union (Approvals) Bill on 25 October 2017.
Brexit timeline: events leading to the UK’s exit from the European Union
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7960
This paper provides a timeline of the major events leading up to the EU referendum and subsequent dates of note, looking ahead to expected events as the UK and EU negotiate Britain’s exit.
Sexual harassment in education
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8117
Concerns have been raised about sexual harassment in all stages of education. This paper provides information on the requirements on schools, colleges and universities, and relevant recent developments.
Rent payments and mortgage acceptance: Commons Debate Pack
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0183
Getting a mortgage is very difficult. High house prices and more restrictive lending conditions make qualifying for a mortgage difficult, especially for first time buyers. An e- Petition which attracted over 147,000 signatures calls on lenders to include an applicant's history of rent payments in their lending decision process. The Debate will be led by Paul Scully MP.
Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02796
Employment: data on employment in the UK.
Tobacco control plan
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0189
This has been produced ahead of the general debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 19 October 2017 on the Tobacco Control Plan. The subject of the debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee.
Tobacco control policy overview
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8116
The Government’s new tobacco control plan was published in 2017, and seeks to reduce smoking overall and target this inequality in smoking rates. The ambitions in the plans include reducing smoking in adults, young people and pregnant women, ensuring a parity of esteem for those with mental health problems, and supporting evidence based use of innovative technologies to reduce smoking, such as e-cigarettes (now the most popular method for quitting smoking in England ).
Police funding in London
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0194
A Westminster Hall debate on Police funding in London is scheduled for Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 9.30am. The Member leading the debate is Catherine West MP.

Topic: Police

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill 2017-19
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8115
The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill 2017-19 would introduce a right to paid parental bereavement leave.  It is a Private Members' Bill sponsored by Kevin Hollinrake MP and supported by the Government.

Topics: Employment, Pay

Youth unemployment statistics
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05871
This paper presents the latest statistics on youth unemployment in the UK as well as comparisons with other EU countries.

Topic: Unemployment

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