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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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Defence aerospace industrial strategy
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0224
A debate on ‘Defence aerospace industrial strategy’ has been scheduled for Thursday 16 November 2017 in the Main Chamber. The debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee after a representation from Ruth Smeeth MP and Robert Courts MP.
The aerospace industry: statistics and policy
Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00928
This note analyses key statistics and presents details of how Government policy supports the industry.
Brexit reading list: economic, business and transport policy issues
Published Monday, September 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7830
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.
Airspace change and modernisation
Published Thursday, August 31, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7889
This paper looks at the structure and management of airspace in the UK and the wider international context. It explains how airspace functions at the moment and proposals to upgrade and improve it, including the EU Single European Sky programme and the UK’s Future Airspace Strategy.

Topic: Aviation

Civilian drones
Published Thursday, August 31, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7734
This paper outlines current regulations for the use of recreational and commercial drones in the UK. It also presents recent policy development in the UK and internationally, as well as emerging technological and regulatory issues related to drone integration into domestic airspace.
Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing Bill
Published Monday, July 31, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8013
This Commons briefing Paper provides information on the background to, and the main provisions of, the Air Travel Organisers' Licensing Bill.

Topics: Aviation, Consumers

Air Travel Organisers' Licensing Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0048
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing Bill ahead of that Bill’s second reading in the House of Lords, scheduled to take place on 5 September 2017.
Transport and Island Communities in England
Published Friday, July 14, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0042
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate on 20 July 2017 on the transport needs of remote island communities in England.
Space Industry Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0039
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information on the Space Industry Bill [HL].

Topics: Aviation, Industry

Queen's Speech 2017 Day 2: Business, Economic Affairs, Transport, Energy, Environment and Agriculture
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0024
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming Queen’s Speech, which is due to take place on 21 June 2017. The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen’s Speech over five days between 22 and 29 June 2017. This briefing is one of five prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.
Airport slots
Published Monday, June 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00488
This paper explains the slot allocation rules in the UK, across the EU and more widely around the world. It examines the effectiveness of the current regime in place in the UK, set within EU rules, and looks at longer term options for reform post-Brexit.
Heathrow expansion
Published Monday, June 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01136
This paper gives an overview of the debate about the expansion of Heathrow Airport. It looks at the work of the Airports Commission and the subsequent decision by the Conservative Government to support a third runway and sixth terminal at the airport; the environmental issues and concerns surrounding the decision; the economic case and how the scheme will be taken forwards.

Topic: Aviation

Transport in Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland
Published Monday, June 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN03156
This paper explains how transport has been devolved from Westminster to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It gives information on those areas which remain reserved to Westminster and where you can find more information about devolved policies.
Transport 2017: FAQ for new MPs
Published Monday, June 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7954
This paper sets out answers to commonly asked questions by Members of Parliament about various aspects of transport policy, usually related to constituency issues.
Brexit: how will it affect transport?
Published Monday, June 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7633
This Commons Library briefing paper discusses some of the pertinent issues in the four main transport policy areas: aviation, railways, roads and road-based public transport, and maritime. It will be updated and expanded as more information is published and new issues emerge.
Cyber Security of UK Infrastructure
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0554
The Government has identified ‘cyber’ as one of six Tier 1 threats to UK national security. This POSTnote focuses on the cyber security of the UK’s critical national infrastructure, describing measures to improve cyber security and challenges in implementing them. It also reviews the new National Cyber Security Strategy, along with international policy and legislation.
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.
Quantum Technologies
Published Monday, April 24, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0552
Quantum Technologies use the behaviour of matter and light that is normally only observed at very small scales. This POSTnote introduces recent advances, applications, and UK initiatives to support their development and commercialisation. It also reviews policy concerns such as privacy, access to new technologies and secure communications.

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