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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.
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Migration Statistics
Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06077
This Commons Library briefing paper is a guide to understanding UK migration statistics, explaining the concepts and methods used in measuring migration and setting out a range of data on migration in the UK and in European Union countries.
Salisbury Convention in a Hung Parliament
Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0030
This House of Lords Library briefing describes the background to the Salisbury Convention and considers how it applies when a hung parliament produces a minority or coalition government.
Air Pollution in England: Recent Developments
Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0029
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a summary of recent developments on the subject of air pollution in England, including the Government’s plan published on 5 May 2017, on the instruction of the High Court.

Topic: Pollution

Delayed transfers of care in the NHS
Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7415
This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at policy and statistical trends on delayed transfers of care - patients who are well enough to leave hospital but are unable to do so - in the NHS.
State Openings of Parliament: Reduced Ceremonial
Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0028
This House of Lords Library briefing gives a brief overview of the ceremony for the 2017 State Opening of Parliament and how it differs from previous years.

Topic: Parliament

English votes for English laws
Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7339
This House of Commons Library briefing paper outlines the effect of changes made to Standing Orders on 22 October 2015 to implement the Government's plans for English votes for English laws. This paper outlines the effect of the new Standing Orders on Government bills. It also provides some background on the debate on and scrutiny of the proposals.
State Pension triple lock
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7812
Looks at the triple lock used to uprate the State Pension and the arguments for and against

Topic: Pensions

Building the new private rented sector: issues and prospects (England)
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07094
Analysis of Government policy, and its impact, to increase the supply of privately rented properties in England, as well as analysis of policy proposals from those within the sector, both from large-scale institutional investors and from small-scale individual landlords.
'SATs' and primary assessment in England
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7980
This briefing paper provides information on SATs - or national curriculum assessments - in England. It looks at what is tested, when, how the results are used. It also looks at changes to primary assessment since 2015.
Queen's Speech 2017 Day 5: Education, Health, Welfare, Pensions and Culture
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0027
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.
Queen's Speech 2017 Day 4: Exiting the European Union
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0026
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.
Queen's Speech 2017 Day 3: Home Affairs, Communities and Local Government, Justice, Constitutional Affairs and Devolved Affairs
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0025
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.
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.
Queen's Speech 2017 Day 1: Foreign Affairs, Defence, Trade and International Development
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0023
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.
Pension Schemes Bill 2016-17
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7874
Briefing on the debates on the Pension Schemes Bill 2016-17, the main purpose of which is to improve regulation of Master Trusts - a type of occupational pension scheme used by many employers to meet their auto-enrolment duties

Topic: Pensions

Higher education student numbers
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7857
Headline student numbers have increased to new records following a short dip after to the 2012 reforms. There are however ongoing concerns about numbers outside this group where trends have not been so positive, including part-time undergraduates, some postgraduates students, overseas students from some countries, especially India, mature students and some disadvantaged groups. There is also uncertainty about the impact of Brexit on EU student numbers.
Replacing the UK's Nuclear Deterrent: Progress of the Dreadnought Class
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8010
In a vote in July 2016 the House of Commons approved the decision to maintain the UK’s nuclear deterrent beyond the early 2030s. After almost a decade of work on the project (the Successor programme), that vote subsequently enabled the programme to move forward into its manufacturing phase, which will see the construction of four new Dreadnought class ballistic missile submarines over the next 15-20 years.
Bereavement Support Payment
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7887
This Commons Library briefing looks at the Bereavement Support Payment, which replaced bereavement benefits (the Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance, and Widowed Parent's Allowance) for surviving spouses and civil partners widowed on or after 6 April 2017.
Carer's Allowance and the Retirement Pension
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06349
Carer's Allowance cannot be paid in addition to the Retirement Pension because of the "overlapping benefits" rule. This Commons Library briefing looks at the rationale for this rule, and at the position of successive governments on payment of Carer's Allowance to people over State Pension Age.
ESA and PIP reassessments
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7820
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the rules on reassessment of existing Employment and Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payment claimants. From late 2017, some ESA claimants with the most severe conditions will not have to face reassessment. All PIP claimants will however continue to be reassessed periodically.

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