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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.
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Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, February 20, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0017
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background reading in advance of the second reading of the Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill in the House of Lords on Friday 24 February 2017.
Aviation noise
Published Monday, February 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00261
This paper briefly looks at the impacts of aviation noise on those who live underneath flight paths and close to airports and explains the various measures put forward to tackle noise pollution, including flight restrictions and charges; better airspace design, and quieter aircraft.

Topics: Aviation, Pollution

Night flights at Heathrow, Gatwick & Stansted
Published Monday, February 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01252
This paper explains how the night flight regimes at the UK’s three designated airports, Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, are set and what the current proposals are for the period 2017-22.
The Royal Navy's new frigates and the National Shipbuilding Strategy: February 2017 update
Published Thursday, February 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7737
The Government will publish a National Shipbuilding Strategy in 2017. This House of Commons briefing paper examines the Type 26 and Type 31 programmes and Sir John Parker's report.
Parliamentary debate 31/1/17: Future operation of the Severn Bridges
Published Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0035
This debate will take place between 2.30 and 4.00 pm on 31 January in Westminster Hall. The Member who secured the debate is Jessica Morden MP (Lab., Newport East).

Topic: Roads

Road Traffic Offenders (Surrender of Driving Licences Etc) Bill
Published Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7879
This Bill is essentially intended to update the law in relation to the production and surrender of driving licences, making changes principally to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 and to the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995, with consequential adjustment of other statutes affected.

Topic: Roads

Transport: passenger rights, compensation and complaints
Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN03163
This briefing paper provides information on passenger rights, compensation and how to make a complaint across four forms of transport: rail, bus and coach, air and sea (ferries and cruise ships).
Driving with a medical condition
Published Thursday, January 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00387
This paper explains the legal framework within which medical conditions for fitness to drive are assessed. It includes information on changes made to the requirements related to diabetes, epilepsy and vision in 2011 and 2013.

Topic: Roads

Older drivers
Published Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00409
This paper describes the licencing and medical fitness rules for drivers over the age of 70, and summarises recent Government statements on older drivers and the recommendations of the Older Drivers Task Force.

Topics: Older people, Roads

Future of the UK Maritime industry
Published Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0009
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on the maritime industry to take place in Westminster Hall on 12 January 2017 at 3pm. The subject for the debate has been chosen by Alistair Carmichael.

Topics: Industry, Shipping

Local road maintenance, repairs and street works in England
Published Wednesday, December 28, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN00739
This paper describes the framework in which local authorities in England maintain and repair the road network. It also sets out the rights of utility companies and others to undertake street works and the powers available to highway authorities to manage and mitigate those works.
Rail freight
Published Thursday, December 15, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN00151
This paper describes the rail freight policies of successive UK Governments, which have sought to drive modal shift of freight from roads to rail. It also briefly looks at the plans to drive rail freight growth with HS2 and the policy of the EU in this area. It also sets out how track access charges work for freight and the grants and funding streams that are available.

Topic: Railways

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.

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