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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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The UK’s Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council
Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7933
In May 2017 the UK will have its third regular human rights review by a group of other UN States, who will make recommendations under the UN’s ‘Universal Periodic Review’ (UPR) process. This Commons Library briefing paper provides a brief overview.
European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 and the Rights of EU Nationals
Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0026
This House of Lords Library briefing summarises several attempts (ultimately unsuccessful) made during the passage of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 to introduce amendments to guarantee that the rights of EU/EEA citizens currently living in the UK would continue after Brexit.
E-petition 165672 relating to badger culling
Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0075
This House of Commons Library Debate Pack has been prepared ahead of the Westminster Hall debate on E-petition 165672 on badger culling to be held on Monday 27 March at 4.30pm.
Breathing space for individuals in debt
Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7934
A number of debt charities are calling on the Government to give all individuals in debt a "breathing space" in which interest, charges and enforcement action are stopped for those seeking regulated debt advice. This Commons briefing paper provides background information on the issue, including the findings of the recent independent "Review of the Money Advice Service". It also considers the Scottish Debt Arrangement Scheme, which does offer debtors a short breathing space, and is often held out as an example that could be followed (with modification) in England and Wales.
Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
Funding for the National Spitfire Project
Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0107
MPs will debate ‘Funding for the National Spitfire Project’ in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 28 March 2017 from 2.30pm to 4.00pm. The debate has been initiated by Royston Smith MP.
Planning for Housing
Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN03741
The Government has an ambition to speed up the planning system with an aim of delivering more housing. In February 2017 it published a Housing white paper which seeks views on a number of reforms. This note sets out how local authorities are directed to plan for housing, concern about unplanned developments, as well as the Government's proposals for reform.
Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02792
Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.
Scotland: Public spending and revenue
Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06625
Public spending and taxation in Scotland was a hotly debated issue in the run up to the Scottish independence referendum, and has remained so since. A range of statistics exist on the subject: this note summarises what these say and how they are measured.
VAT on sanitary protection
Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01128
This note discusses the way sanitary protection is charged VAT.

Topic: Taxation

Future of local and regional news providers
Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0103
A backbench business debate on the future of local and regional news providers will be held in Westminster Hall on Thursday 30 March 2017 at 3.00pm.

Topic: Press

Social Mobility Commission, State of the Nation report
Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0099
There will be a debate on the Social Mobility Commission State of the Nation report. This will take place in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 23rd March.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Queen’s Speech: Lords Movers and Seconders
Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0025
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a list of the mover and seconder following each Queen’s Speech for the past 20 years, along with each Member’s party affiliation at the time.
Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster
Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7898
This House of Commons Library briefing paper outlines the background to the need for a major refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster and describes the work that has been undertaken by the Restoration and Renewal (R&R) Programme to determine the extent of the work necessary and proposals to oversee and facilitate that work.

Topic: Parliament

APPG report Impact of Health and Social Care Act on HIV treatment
Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0101
The debate, entitled "APPG report Impact of Health and Social Care Act on HIV treatment" and sponsored by Mike Freer, will take place in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 29th March at 2.30pm, lasting for 90 minutes.
Schools Funding in London
Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0100
The debate, entitled "Schools Funding in London" and sponsored by Helen Hayes, will take place in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 29th March at 9.30am, lasting for 90 minutes.
Bus Services Bill [HL] 2016-17
Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7545
This paper explains the policy background to and contents and purpose of the Bus Services Bill [HL] 2016-17.
Brexit: trade aspects
Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7694
This paper looks at possible options for the UK's trading relationships with the EU after Brexit. The paper has been updated to include a new chapter on trade with non-EU countries.
Teacher recruitment and retention in England
Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7222
This briefing provides information on the recruitment and retention of teachers in England.

Topics: Schools, Teachers

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