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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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Young and novice drivers
Published Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN00517
This paper explains the car driver licensing and testing arrangements for new drivers and provides information on various initiatives – such as graduated driver licensing, post-test restrictions and ‘black box’ monitoring devices – which have been discussed as ways to help make these drivers safer.

Topic: Roads

Airports in the South East of England
Published Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02893
This paper looks at airport development in London and the South East under the present and previous governments, including the work of the Airports Commission, and how airports are planning to develop their current services.

Topic: Aviation

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill 2016-17
Published Monday, November 21, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7785
The Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (Bill 18 of 2016-17) is scheduled for its Second Reading debate on Friday 25 November 2016. This is a Private Member’s Bill, brought forward by the Conservative MP David Tredinnick. The Bill has the support of the Government.
Parliamentary debate 23/11/16: Transport in the North East
Published Thursday, November 17, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0216
Driving and mobile phones
Published Tuesday, November 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN00366
This short paper briefly summarises the introduction of a new offence in 2003 for driving whilst using a hand-held mobile phone or similar device, changes made to the penalties since then, future plans for further changes, and how effective the offence has been. It also sets out charging policy in this general area and briefly addresses the question of using a mobile phone while cycling.
West Anglia Taskforce report
Published Friday, November 4, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0206
This debate pack has been prepared ahead of the Westminster Hall debate on the West Anglia Taskforce report, which will take place on Tuesday 8 November at 2.30pm.

Topic: Railways

The Northern Powerhouse
Published Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7676
This briefing paper provides a general overview of the UK Government’s plans for a “Northern Powerhouse”. It explains the origins of the Northern Powerhouse concept, the policy and funding commitments set out by Government, the implications for changes in governance and a look at the future in light of the policies of the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, and the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
Creating age-friendly cities
Published Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0539
This POSTnote examines how housing, outdoor spaces and transport can be made more age-friendly. It also highlights challenges for designing and delivering age-friendly cities.
Parliamentary debate 7/9/16: Fly-parking by HGVs in Kent
Published Thursday, September 1, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0156
This debate will take place between 2.30 and 4.00 pm on 7 September in Westminster Hall. The Member who secured the debate is Helen Whately MP (Con., Faversham and Mid Kent).

Topic: Roads

Brexit: impact across policy areas
Published Friday, August 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7213
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
Local transport in England, 2010-
Published Tuesday, August 23, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05735
This paper explains how local transport governance is structured in England and what funding is available. It also looks at the broader question of transport devolution and how the devolved landscape might look in the future.
Assistance dogs: issues
Published Friday, August 12, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7668
Assistance and guide dog owners can face discrimination when seeking to use services such as taxis and restaurants. This is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010. There have been calls for more action to tackle the issue.
Blue Badges and parking for disabled people in England
Published Tuesday, August 9, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN01360
This paper is chiefly concerned with the Blue Badge scheme; it also includes information on the provision of parking bays and on off-street parking for disabled people. The Blue Badge scheme is a devolved matter so this paper deals largely with England.

Topics: Equality, Roads

Sources of Statistics: Transport
Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03853
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on transport.

Topics: Aviation, Railways, Roads

Parliamentary debate 13/7/16: Performance of Govia Thameslink rail service
Published Monday, July 11, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0139
This debate will take place between 2.30 and 4.00 pm on 13 July in Westminster Hall. The Member who secured the debate is Tim Loughton MP (Con., East Worthing & Shoreham).

Topic: Railways

Defence nuclear convoys
Published Wednesday, June 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7542
Nuclear convoys transport defence nuclear material, including nuclear warheads and nuclear fuel, around the United Kingdom. This briefing explains what the convoys are and why some MPs are calling for them to be stopped. It is part of a wider Library briefing series on nuclear weapons.
Wales Bill 2016-17
Published Monday, June 13, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7617
Briefing paper for the second reading of the Wales Bill 2016-17.
West Coast rail franchise
Published Thursday, June 9, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0119
This is a short overview of the issues that may be discussed in the debate in Westminster Hall on 14 June 2016 between 2.30 and 4.00pm. The Member who secured the debate is John Stevenson MP (Con., Carlisle).

Topic: Railways

Bus Services Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0030
This Lords Library briefing provides an overview of the Bus Services Bill and reaction to it, background to its introduction and a summary of the Bill’s clauses.
Queen's Speech 2016 Day 4: Economic Affairs, Energy, Environment, Local Government and Transport
Published Thursday, May 12, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0025
The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen’s Speech over four days between 19 and 25 May 2016. This briefing is one of four prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.

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