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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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Displaying 81-100 out of 350

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.
Taxi and private hire vehicle licensing in England & Wales
Published Wednesday, August 10, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02005
This paper sets out the licensing arrangements for taxis and private hire vehicles and their drivers and the enforcement of those licences. It also looks at some of the issues currently of concern to the industry and licensing authorities.

Topic: Roads

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.
Road Accident Statistics
Published Friday, June 10, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7615
Road Accident statistics with various breakdowns and analyses

Topic: Roads

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.
Local road charges
Published Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN01171
This short paper explains what local road charging schemes are, how they can be implanted and what the attitudes of successive governments have been to their introduction.

Topics: Pollution, Roads

Immigration Bill 2015-16: Lords amendments and ping-pong stages
Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7558
The Immigration Bill 2015-16 is currently in ping-pong stage. This Commons Library briefing paper gives an overview of the latest developments with the Bill.
Rail regulation
Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02071
This paper explains how the railways have been regulated since privatisation, including the present role and responsibilities of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), and proposals for the future reform of rail regulation.

Topic: Railways

Parliamentary debate 5/5/16: Compensation for residents affected by the upgrade of the Great Northern Great Eastern railway line
Published Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0099
This is a short overview of the issues that may be discussed in the debate in Westminster Hall on 5 May 2016 between 1.30 and 3.00pm, Compensation for residents affected by the upgrade of the Great Northern Great Eastern railway line. The Member who secured the debate is Stephen Phillips QC MP (Con., Sleaford and North Hykeham).

Topic: Railways

Regional airports
Published Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN00323
This paper looks at policy affecting airports in the UK, outside London and the South East of England, including the work of the Airports Commission and debates around it, and financial support for lifeline services.

Topic: Aviation

Moving Block Signalling
Published Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | POSTbriefs POST-PB-0020
This POSTbrief introduces the European Rail Traffic Management System, explains the concept of moving block signalling and discusses its potential benefits for rail capacity, which are likely to vary significantly between routes.
Parliamentary debate 20/4/16: Effect of aircraft noise on local communities
Published Monday, April 18, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0084
This is a short overview of the issues that may be discussed in the debate in Westminster Hall on 20 April 2016 between 9.30 and 11am, Effect of aircraft noise on local communities. The Member who secured the debate is Tom Tugendhat MP (Con., Tonbridge and Malling).

Topics: Aviation, Pollution

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