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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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Postgraduate loans in England
Published Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07049
This briefing provides details of the postgraduate loans systems in England, including the rationale for their introduction, the consultation process and the eligibility criteria.
Household flood insurance
Published Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06613
This note outlines issues relating to flood insurance within the UK and the establishment of the Flood Re scheme by the Water Act and subsequent Regulations.
Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02811
Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.
Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, April 3, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0033
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords second reading of the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill scheduled to take place on 6 April 2017.
Farriers (Registration) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, April 3, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0032
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords second reading of the Farriers (Registration) Bill scheduled to take place on 6 April 2017.
The Renewable Heat Incentive
Published Monday, April 3, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06328
The Renewable Heat Incentive aims to support households and businesses to generate renewable heat for their buildings. Several changes are being made to the scheme in 2017
Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, April 3, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0031
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords second reading of the Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill scheduled to take place on 6 April 2017.
Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, April 3, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0030
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords second reading of the Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill (HL Bill 115 of 2016–17) on 6 April 2017.
Insurance Premium Tax
Published Monday, April 3, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01425
Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) is charged on insurance premiums and covers most general insurance. This note gives a short history of the tax since it was introduced in 1993, including the rise in the main rate of tax confirmed in the Spring 2017 Budget.
Powers of attorney and other decision-making powers
Published Monday, April 3, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN03898
This note deals with powers of attorney and other ways of authorising someone to make a decision for another person in England and Wales.
HE in England from 2012: Funding and finance
Published Monday, April 3, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06206
The Government raised the cap on tuition fees for new student to £9,000 in 2012/13 and cut most ongoing direct public funding for tuition in England. This shifted the balance of higher education funding further away from the state and further towards the individual who benefits. Students can take out publicly subsided student loans to pay these higher fees. There is uncertainty about the final size of this subsidy and the Government’s estimate of it has increased considerably since the reforms were first announced. This also affects the size of any saving in public expenditure and the extent of the shift in costs from the state to the individual beneficiary.
Private rented housing: the rent control debate
Published Monday, April 3, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06760
This House of Commons briefing paper provides an overview of the debate around rent control/regulation and includes some information on a small selection of international rent regimes.
Support for postgraduate students in England
Published Monday, April 3, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06281
This House of Commons Library briefing provides information on the different types of financial assistance available to postgraduate students in England.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, March 31, 2017 | 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.
Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, March 31, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02787
Components of GDP: data on the components that make up GDP, including household consumption, government spending, investment, trade and output by sector.
Brexit: red lines and starting principles
Published Friday, March 31, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7938
What has the UK Government said about its strategy for the Brexit negotiations? The Prime Minister and the Brexit Secretary have set out their views in speeches and white papers, and now the EU institutions have set out theirs. They often coincide, but there are areas that could be difficult to resolve. This paper summarises the starting points of the UK and the EU institutions at the beginning of the Article 50 process.
Business rates: the 2017 revaluation
Published Friday, March 31, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7722
This Commons Library briefing note explains the processes governing the 2017 business rates revaluation.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, March 31, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Post office numbers
Published Friday, March 31, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02585
At the end of December 2016 the number of Post Offices in the Post Office Network stood at 11,633. Over the past 30 years the number of post offices in the UK has almost halved, although numbers have remained stable over the past few years.
Leaving the European Union: Profile of the EU27
Published Friday, March 31, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0018
This Lords Library briefing provides summary profiles on each of the EU27 member states.

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