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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.

Displaying 21-40 out of 354

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.
Electric vehicles and infrastructure
Published Thursday, August 31, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7480
This paper explains what electric vehicles are and how successive governments have planned for infrastructure to encourage and accommodate their growth. It also sets out the various grant streams that have been allocated for the same purpose.
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.
Passenger rail services in England
Published Tuesday, August 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06521
This paper explains how passenger rail services are provided in England and the policies of successive governments towards rail franchising. It also looks at those proposals which have been put forward for further reform – specifically more partnership working, competition, public ownership and devolution.

Topic: Railways

Railway passenger franchises
Published Wednesday, August 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01343
This is one of two briefing papers on rail passenger franchising. This paper sets out the terms of the various rail franchises in England, Wales and Scotland. A second paper, SN6521, sets out in more detail how franchising works and the franchising policy of successive governments.

Topic: Railways

High Speed 2 (HS2) Phase 2b and beyond
Published Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8071
This paper summarises Phase 2b of the proposed new high speed rail line between London and the North of England (HS2). It gives a brief overview of the scheme, its costs, compensation arrangements and the preferred route. It also looks at Northern Powerhouse Rail (HS3) and high speed rail to and within Scotland.

Topic: Railways

High Speed 2 (HS2) Phase 2a
Published Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07082
This paper summarises Phase 2a of the proposed new high speed rail line between London and the North of England (HS2). It gives a brief overview of the scheme, its costs, compensation arrangements and the Bill which will give statutory and planning authority for the construction of the scheme.

Topic: Railways

High Speed 2 (HS2) Phase 1
Published Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00316
This paper summarises Phase 1 of the proposed new high speed rail line between London and the North of England (HS2). It gives a brief overview of the scheme, its costs, compensation arrangements and the Act which gives statutory and planning authority for the construction of the scheme. Construction is planned to begin soon.

Topic: Railways

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

Rail structures, ownership and reform
Published Thursday, July 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7992
This paper explains the various ways railways are structured around the world and sets out how rail structures in Great Britain have developed to date and prospects for the future.

Topic: Railways

Rail electrification
Published Thursday, July 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05907
This briefing paper explains the rail electrification schemes planned by the Labour, Coalition and Conservative governments and where things currently stand with each one.

Topic: Railways

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.
Parliamentary debate 19/7/17: Thameslink passenger services
Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0145
This debate will take place between 4.30 and 5.30 pm on 19 July in Westminster Hall. The Member who secured the debate is Anne Main MP (Con., St Albans).

Topic: Railways

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

Parliamentary debate 5/7/17: Road infrastructure
Published Tuesday, July 4, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0133
This debate will take place between 9.30 and 11.00 am on 5 July in Westminster Hall. The Member who secured the debate is Huw Merriman MP (Con., Bexhill and Battle).

Topic: Roads

General debate 4/7/17 - The Chris Gibb Report: Improvement to Southern Railway
Published Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0127
This general debate will take place in the Commons Chamber on 4 July 2017.

Topic: Railways

Parliamentary debate 4/7/17: Safety of riders and horses on rural roads
Published Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0130
This debate will take place between 4.30 and 5.30 pm on 4 July in Westminster Hall. The Member who secured the debate is Derek Thomas MP (Con., St Ives).

Topics: Animals, Roads

Air Quality in London
Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0035
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 3 July on the case for improving air quality in London. It provides an overview of the regulation of air pollution, the impact of air pollution on health and plans by the Government and the Mayor of London to improve air quality.

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