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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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Overseas voters
Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05923
British citizens living overseas are currently entitled to be registered to vote in UK Parliamentary elections for up to 15 years in the constituency they were registered in before leaving the UK. The Government has committed to bring forward a Votes for Life Bill. This Briefing Paper provides details of the provisions relating to overseas voters in the Representation of the People Act 1985 and the proposals for change. It also summarises earlier attempts to change the 15 year rule.
Advertising to children
Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8198
This Commons briefing paper looks at the current advertising regulatory system in the UK, with specific reference to advertising to children.

Topic: Consumers

Childcare Vouchers and Tax-Free Childcare - Frequently Asked Questions
Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8055
This Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the Childcare Vouchers and Tax-Free Childcare schemes and a comparison of their key features. It explores the ‘winners and losers’ under each scheme, considers how the schemes interact with welfare benefits, and outlines some other sources of help with childcare costs. The Childcare Voucher scheme and the new Tax-Free Childcare scheme are both UK-wide.
The Space Industry Bill 2017-2019
Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8197
This briefing paper has been prepared for the Second Reading of the Space Industry Bill in the House of Commons on 15 January 2018. The paper provides an overview of the provisions in the Bill and the debate and amendments made during the House of Lords stages.
E-petition 200585 relating to childcare vouchers
Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0265
On 15 January 2018, there will be a debate on e-petition 200585, relating to childcare vouchers. The debate will take place in Westminster Hall at 4:30pm.

Topic: Child care

Transport 2018: FAQ for MPs
Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7954
This paper sets out answers to commonly asked questions by Members of Parliament about various aspects of transport policy, usually related to constituency issues.
School inspections in England: Ofsted
Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07091
This briefing paper gives answers to some common questions on Ofsted inspections of state-funded schools in England. It looks at the practicalities of inspection and the implications of Ofsted gradings. It also provides information on current topical issues in inspection.

Topics: Ofsted, Schools

Manufacturing: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05206
Manufacturing: Data on manufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.
Children: Introduction of 30 hours of free childcare in September 2017 (England) - withdrawn
Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7581
Childcare: "30 hours" of free childcare – eligibility, access codes and charges (England)
Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8051
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides details of the Government’s “30 hours of free childcare” policy (known as the “extended entitlement”); this note is aimed primarily at constituents’ enquiries.
Initial teacher training in England
Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06710
This House of Commons Library Briefing provides information on initial teacher training (ITT) in England, including the different ITT routes, the sources of financial support for trainees, and recent policy developments.
Brexit: UK Funding from the EU
Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7847
This Commons Library briefing looks at the funding received by the UK from EU institutions and considers the implications of Brexit on the EU as a source of funding for regional development, agriculture support, research and innovation and other areas.
Council tax
Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06583
This Briefing Paper provides a general introduction to council tax, a tax levied on domestic properties in England, Scotland and Wales. It explains what council tax is, who has to pay it, how council tax is calculated and set, and whether any exemptions or discounts may be available.
Pension integration (or 'clawback')
Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01121
Looks at rules under which some occupational pensions have historically been adjusted to take account of the State Pension introduced in the late 1940s

Topic: Pensions

Economic Indicators, January 2018
Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8194
Analysis of the latest key UK and international economic indicators.
Debate on a motion relating to Defence
Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0002
This Debate Pack has been prepared for the 'debate on the motion relating to defence', to be held in the main House of Commons Chamber on Thursday 11 January 2018, initiated by Vernon Coaker MP.
Opposition Day Debate: NHS Winter Pressures
Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0006
This Commons Library briefing page has been prepared in advance of the Opposition Day Debate entitled "NHS Winter Crisis". This debate will take place in the House of Commons Chamber on Wednesday 10th January 2018. This page contains some background information as well as parliamentary material and press articles which Members may find useful in preparation for the debate.
Careers guidance in schools, colleges and universities (England)
Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7236
This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at the requirements on schools, colleges and universities in England to provide careers guidance, the quality of the advice provided, and also the organisations working to provide careers advice.
Passenger rail services in England
Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | 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

The National Shipbuilding Strategy: January 2018 update
Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8193
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the UK's National Shipbuilding Strategy and what it means for the Royal Navy's new frigates.

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