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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.

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The Local Government Ombudsman
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04117
This standard note provides information on the Local Government Ombudsman service.
Brexit: the exit bill
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8039
When the UK leaves the EU it is expected to make a contribution towards the EU’s outstanding financial commitments. The media have labelled this as an ‘exit bill’ or ‘divorce bill’, the EU see it as a matter of ‘settling the accounts’. The issue will be discussed in the first phase of Brexit negotiations, under the title of the ‘single financial settlement’ (the settlement).
Planning for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06881
Before the 2017 general election the previous Government published a draft Airports National Policy Statement. Find out more about the next steps for this if taken forward and about the national infrastructure planning framework in this briefing paper.

Topic: Planning

Houses in multiple occupation & planning restrictions
Published Saturday, July 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05414
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains the powers English and Welsh local authorities have to use the planning system to limit the development of new houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).
Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) England and Wales
Published Saturday, July 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00708
This Commons Library briefing paper sets out the legal framework in England and Wales for controlling standards in HMOs. It considers the powers available to local authorities to carry out enforcement work, and potential changes in the pipeline.
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.
Acid attacks
Published Friday, July 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8041
In response to concerns about increasing number of acid attacks, this briefing looks at controls on the sale of acid and at relevant criminal offences.
Select committees: election of chairs and members
Published Friday, July 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7176
This briefing paper outlines the timetable for the election of chairs and members of select committees. It reports the allocation of chairs between the parties and the results of the election of committee chairs.
Abuse and intimidation of candidates and the public during the General Election campaign
Published Friday, July 14, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0151
Debate Pack for the debate on the abuse and intimidation of candidates and the public during the General Election campaign on 17 July 2017.
Scheduling of parliamentary business by the Leader of the House
Published Friday, July 14, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0150
Emergency debate on the scheduling of parliamentary business by the Leader of the House.
Anglo-Polish relations
Published Friday, July 14, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0144
This Debate Pack has been prepared for the Westminster Hall debate on 'Anglo-Polish relations', to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 18 July 2017, from 9.30am - 11.00am, initiated by Daniel Kawczynski MP.

Topic: Europe

Unemployment - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02800
Unemployment: International Comparisons: Data on harmonised unemployment rates for major international economies.
Pensions: civil partnerships and same sex marriages
Published Friday, July 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN03035
This note looks at the way in which forming a civil partnership affects rights to state, occupational and personal pensions and at the relevant provisions in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013
Addresses to members of both Houses of Parliament
Published Thursday, July 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04092
Addresses to both Houses of Parliament.
General Election 2017: full results and analysis
Published Thursday, July 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7979
This briefing paper contains detailed results and analysis of the 2017 General Election, held on 8th June. It provides election results by party & constituency, as well as analysis of voter trends, MP characteristics, and more.
Online Information and Fake News
Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0559
Internet search engines and social media platforms are an increasingly popular way of accessing news and information. In 2017, the proportion of UK adults consuming news online exceeded those who watched news on TV (74% versus 69%). This note considers how people access news online, how algorithms (sequences of instructions) and social networks influence the content that users see, and options for mitigating any negative impact.
Children: Introduction of 30 hours of free childcare in September 2017 (England)
Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7581
This House of Commons Library briefing paper is about the 30 hours of free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds in England. The eligibility criteria, planning for its introduction in September 2017, funding, and the ability and willingness of the childcare market to deliver the policy are considered.
Average Earnings: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02795
Average Earnings: Regularly updated data on average weekly earnings, including breakdowns by public and private sectors.
Planning: change of use
Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01301
The planning use class system along with permitted development rights allows the change of use of buildings without the need for planning permission. This paper sets out some recent and proposed Government changes to the system.

Topic: Planning

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