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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.
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Burma: January 2018 update
Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7901
Many hoped that the November 2015 general election would be a tipping-point in Burma’s ‘democratic transition’, which began in 2011. The new National League for Democracy government took office in April 2016 in an atmosphere of hope – but the honeymoon has turned out to be brief. The limits of Aung San Suu Kyi's power have been exposed by her inability to control the actions of the security forces in Rakhine State, where they stand accused of committing serious human rights abuses against the Muslim Rohingya. Her international reputation has been damaged and there is now talk of reintroducing sanctions.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19: Summary of Commons Committee Stage
Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8192
The Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was held on the Floor of the House. The Programme Motion, agreed after the conclusion of the Second Reading Debate on 11 September 2017, provided for 8 days of debate. This paper summarises the main areas of debate, commitments made by the Government, and amendments agreed by the Committee of the Whole House.
Accountable Care Organisations
Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8190
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the introduction of Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) in the NHS in England, the development of the ACO policy, and comment on its potential impact.
Post office numbers
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02585
As of March 2017 there were 11,659 post offices in the Post Office network. The number of post office braches has remained relatively stable since around 2009. Over the longer term (since the early 1980s) the number of post offices has almost halved.
The Post Office
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7550
This briefing paper contains information on the Post Office. Including the Government funding package announced in December 2017.
Disability Confident Scheme
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0001
A Westminster Hall debate on the Disability Confident scheme is scheduled for Wednesday 10 January 2018 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Luke Graham MP.
Local replacements for the Independent Living Fund (ILF)
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7788
This House of Commons Library briefing paper sets out how, following the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), funding has been devolved for former recipients, and also research into the impact of its closure.
Work and Health Programme
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7845
The Work and Health Programme is an employment support programme which was launched in North West England and Wales in November 2017. The programme will roll out across the rest of England during early 2018. It will provide specialised employment support for people with disabilities and long-term unemployed people.
People with disabilities in employment
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7540
This note summarises the key statistics available on disabled people in employment in the UK.
Mental health in prisons
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0266
A Westminster Hall debate on Mental health in prisons is scheduled for Wednesday 10 January 2018 at 9.30am. The Member leading the debate is Marie Rimmer MP.
Topics of Interest 2018
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | POSTbriefs POST-PB-0027
This list sets out the topic areas identified of possible parliamentary interest under the 9 different category headings (Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Forestry, Crime, Defence, Education and Skills, Energy, Environment, Health, ICT and Robotics and Transport and Infrastructure).
Social Media and Online Platforms as Publishers
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0003
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the role played by social media and online platforms as news and content publishers ahead of a debate on this topic scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on Thursday 11 January 2018.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02817
Business and Consumer Confidence: Information on business and consumer confidence surveys, which is generally released ahead of official statistical data and can indicate changes to the economic outlook as well as turning points in the economic cycle.
Yorkshire devolution
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0005
Westminster Hall debate on devolution to Yorkshire.
Government borrowing and debt: international comparisons
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06054
This note provides international comparisons of government borrowing and debt from 2010 to 2022.
Reforms to Technical Education
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7951
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of proposals to reform the system of technical education in England, as set out in the 2015 Government's Post-16 Skills Plan and provided for by the Technical and Further Education Act 2017.
Carbon Price Floor (CPF) and the price support mechanism
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05927
This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of the introduction of a Carbon Floor Price and the Government's freeze of Carbon Price Support until 2021. The Government confirmed the price support would continue until coal was phased out.
The Trade Bill
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8073
This paper has been prepared for the second reading of the Trade Bill
Leasehold and commonhold reform
Published Saturday, January 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8047
This Commons Library briefing paper considers recent trends in leasehold ownership and ongoing problems associated with the sector. It has been updated to include the Government's proposals for reform announced on 21 December 2017.
Taxation of banking
Published Friday, January 5, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05251
This note looks at the public debate over the tax treatment of the banking sector in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, before discussing the different approaches taken in successive years by Labour, Coalition and Conservative Governments

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