Research briefings

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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 UK response to the Syrian refugee crisis
Published Friday, April 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06805
This Commons Library briefing looks at the Government's work to resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK by 2020, under its Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme. It has also committed itself to resettling up to 3,000 vulnerable children currently in the Middle East and North Africa, and 350 unaccompanied children already in Europe (including Syrian nationals).
Technical and Further Education Bill: Lords Stages and Ping Pong
Published Friday, April 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7941
This House of Commons briefing paper provides information on the House of Lords scrutiny of the Technical and Further Education Bill 2016-17 and details how the Bill was amended in the House of Lords. The paper has been updated to include the consideration of Lords amendments by the Commons on 19 April 2017 (Ping Pong).
NHS Winter Pressures: 2016/17 summary
Published Friday, April 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07057
Summary of NHS winter pressures facing acute hospital trusts in England in 2016/17. Includes data on pressure levels, bed occupancy, accident and emergency diverts, NHS 111, and bed days lost to Norovirus closures.
Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
Alcohol: mandatory licensing conditions
Published Friday, April 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05351
This Library Briefing Paper describes the mandatory licensing conditions that apply to the sale and supply of alcohol.

Topic: Licensing

Motor car insurance
Published Friday, April 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06061
This note outlines some of the factors influencing the cost of motor insurance premiums and what government and the industry have done to try and reduce costs.
The National Minimum Wage: rates and enforcement
Published Friday, April 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06898
A briefing paper on National Minimum Wage rates and enforcement; part of a wider series on the National Minimum Wage.
'Purdah' before elections and referendums
Published Friday, April 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05262
Specific restrictions on the use of public resources are in place during the 'purdah' period before elections and referendums. The Cabinet Office issues guidance for civil servants on their conduct during this period.
Acts and Statutory Instruments: the volume of UK legislation 1950 to 2016
Published Friday, April 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7438
This paper looks at the volume of primary and secondary legislation in the UK from 1950 to the present day.
Alcohol: drinking in the street
Published Thursday, April 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05117
This Library Briefing Paper looks at what the law says on drinking alcohol in the street.

Topic: Licensing

General election timetable 2017
Published Thursday, April 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7952
This briefing paper outlines the statutory timetable for the June 2017 parliamentary general election.
UK Prison Population Statistics
Published Thursday, April 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04334
This briefing paper explores prison population data for the UK from the Ministry of Justice, Scottish Government, and the Northern Ireland Department of Justice.

Topic: Prisons

Housing supply for local authorities (England)
Published Thursday, April 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7796
Use this tool to compare housing supply statistics for local authorities.
E-Petition 172405 relating to GCSE English Literature exams
Published Thursday, April 20, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0119
A debate, entitled "E-Petition 172405 relating to GCSE English Literature exams" and sponsored by Helen Jones, will take place on Monday 24th April in Westminster Hall.
The School System in England
Published Thursday, April 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7169
A brief introduction to the different types of state school in England.

Topic: Schools

The Post Office
Published Thursday, April 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7550
This briefing paper contains information on the Post Office. This includes information on the 2016 Post Office network consultation and information about the funding and financial performance of the Post Office.
Higher Education and Research Bill 2016-17: Lords amendments
Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7880
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on amendments made to the Higher Education and Research Bill 2016-17during its Committee, Report and Third Reading stages in the House of Lords.
Research and Development on Tackling Infectious Diseases
Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0118
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 20 April on Research and Development on Tackling Infectious Diseases. The topic for the debate has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee.
Holidays during school term time (England)
Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7590
This short briefing provides an overview of the position relating to parents taking their children on holiday during school term time in England, in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling.

Topic: Schools

Children in pubs
Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04908
This Library Briefing Paper looks at alcohol licensing and children.

Topic: Licensing

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