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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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Understanding statistics on employment, unemployment and earnings
Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07119
This note explains the meaning of different concepts within labour market statistics and identifies the key measures and sources to use.
Women in Parliament and Government
Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01250
208 women MPs were elected at the 2017 General Election, 32% of all MPs and a record high. Prior to 1987 women had never been more than 5% of MPs. A total of 489 women have been elected to the Commons since 1918.
Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02796
Employment: data on employment in the UK.
Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02797
Unemployment - national: data on International Labour Organisation unemployment, the headline measure of unemployment in the UK.

Topic: Unemployment

Brexit reading list: general coverage
Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7958
This paper provides links to a selection of analysis and comment on general ‘Brexit’ coverage.
Youth unemployment statistics
Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05871
This paper presents the latest statistics on youth unemployment in the UK as well as comparisons with other EU countries.

Topic: Unemployment

People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, June 2017
Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8038
This paper contains claimant count figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
Planning Reform Proposals
Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06418
A series of wide-ranging planning reforms were announced by the previous Government before the general election in its February 2017 Housing White Paper. The new Government will have the job of deciding if/how to take these forward. This paper sets out what is proposed alongside other reforms contained in legislation and previous consultations.
Brexit: what impact on those currently exercising free movement rights?
Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7871
This Commons Library briefing paper addresses the question of the status, post-Brexit, of EU citizens currently resident in the UK and those British citizens living elsewhere in the EU. It is updated to include a summary of the Government's proposals of 26 June 2017.
Supply of Medical Radioisotopes
Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0558
A POSTnote that highlights the critical role of radioactive isotopes used in medicine, and outlines the challenges for the UK in ensuring their future supply.
A Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7986
A Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted in the UN on 7 July 2017. It is the first multilateral, legally-binding, instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years. However, none of the nuclear weapon states participated in those discussions. The UK, France and the United States have subsequently declared their intention not to sign and ratify the new treaty.
Dealing with civil contingencies: Emergency planning in the UK
Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8016
The Grenfell Tower fire has raised questions about how agencies plan for and respond to civil contingencies. This briefing looks at emergency planning in the UK.
Abuse and intimidation of candidates and the public in UK elections
Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0138
Debate Pack for the Westminster Hall Debate on the abuse and intimidation of candidates and the public in UK elections on 12 July 2017.

Topic: Elections

Alcohol: mandatory licensing conditions
Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05351
This Library Briefing Paper describes the mandatory licensing conditions that apply to the sale of alcohol in England and Wales.

Topic: Licensing

Zero-hours contracts
Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06553
This note discusses zero-hours contracts; a type of contract used by employers whereby workers agree to be potentially available for work although have no guaranteed hours.

Topic: Employment

Grenfell Tower fire: Response and tackling fire risk in high rise blocks
Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7993
Following the fire at Grenfell Tower, this paper sets out the events and commentary around the fire, the relevant building regulations, fire safety laws and housing standards, the Government response to the fire, the responsibilities around re-housing, and previous concerns raised with fire regulations.
The Introduction of an opt-out system for organ donation in England
Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0141
MPs will debate The Introduction of an opt-out system for organ donation in England, in Westminster Hall on Thursday 13 July at 3.00pm. The Member in charge of this debate is Dan Jarvis MP. This House of Commons Library debate pack provides some background information and parliamentary and media coverage of the issues.
The Commemoration of Passchendaele, the third battle of Ypres
Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0139
Debate Pack for the Commemoration of Passchendaele, the third battle of Ypres
Challenges facing new towns
Published Monday, July 10, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0135
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 12 July 2017 from 2.30-4pm on the challenges facing new towns. The debate will be opened by Lucy Allan MP.

Topics: Housing, Planning

Deregulation: Government Policy since 1997
Published Monday, July 10, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0041
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 13 July on the following motion: "Baroness Andrews to move that this House takes note of the impact of deregulation on, and the role of regulatory enforcement in delivering, public services, health and safety".

Topic: Regulation

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