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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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Statistics on UK-EU trade
Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7851
This note provides some basic statistics on the UK's trade with the EU.
Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0053
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill [HL].
Asylum Statistics
Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01403
This Commons Library briefing paper analyses asylum statistics and trends in the UK and other EU countries. Statistics on asylums seekers and refugees in the UK are published by the Home Office and contain data on the number of people applying for asylum and the outcomes of asylum applications. Statistics on asylum seekers and refugees in European Union countries are published in the Home Office bulletin and by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
The Royal Prerogative
Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN03861
This briefing paper sets out the constitutional basis to the Royal Prerogative, describes general prerogative powers and the Crown's personal prerogative powers. It then sets out recent proposals for reform, and the case law that has led to the current understanding of the prerogative.
Unemployment by ethnic background
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06385
The unemployment rate varies considerably among different ethnicities. This note looks at unemployment by ethnic background, including analysis by age group and gender.
Charities and the voluntary sector: statistics
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05428
Statistics on the size, income and activities of the voluntary sector. Includes data on social investment, National Lottery funding, charitable giving and rates of informal and formal volunteering.
Productivity: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02791
Latest statistics showing changes in UK productivity and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries.
State Pension age review
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06546
Looks at the timetable for increasing the State Pension age and the review set up to look at how it should increase in the longer term

Topic: Pensions

People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, July 2017
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8075
This paper contains claimant count figures for parliamentary constituencies, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
Defence employment (UK): Social Indicators page
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02621
An overview of the strength of the UK Armed Forces.
House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0052
This House of Lords Library briefing provides briefing material on the House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords.
Defence expenditure (UK): Social Indicators page
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02623
An overview of UK defence expenditure.
House of Commons ballot bills since 1997
Published Monday, August 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04055
Ballot bills introduced in the House of Commons since 1997
Emergency debates in the House of Commons since 1979
Published Monday, August 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04569
A list of emergency debates held in the House of Commons since 1979.
Leasehold and commonhold reform
Published Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8047
This Commons Library briefing paper considers recent trends in leasehold ownership and on-going problems associated with the sector. Areas identified for possible reform are summarised, including Government proposals which are currently subject to consultation.
Limitations on the number of Ministers
Published Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN03378
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper reports the legal restrictions on the number of ministers receiving a salary and the number of ministers sitting in the House of Commons. It includes statistics on the number of ministers in each Chamber following each general election since 1979. Lastly, it sets out calls from the Public Administration Select Committee and others for the number of ministers and the payroll vote to be reduced.
Digital Skills in the United Kingdom
Published Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0051
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 7 September 2017 about the importance of digital understanding at all levels of society. It provides an overview of what is meant by ‘digital skills’ and surveys recent literature on access to, and use of, the internet across society. It then considers digital skills in relation to the economy and sets out key proposals contained in the Government’s UK Digital Strategy 2017. It concludes with an exploration of the term ‘digital understanding’ and highlights recent Ofcom findings on adults’ media use and attitudes.
High Speed 2 (HS2) Phase 2b and beyond
Published Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8071
This paper summarises Phase 2b of the proposed new high speed rail line between London and the North of England (HS2). It gives a brief overview of the scheme, its costs, compensation arrangements and the preferred route. It also looks at Northern Powerhouse Rail (HS3) and high speed rail to and within Scotland.

Topic: Railways

High Speed 2 (HS2) Phase 2a
Published Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07082
This paper summarises Phase 2a of the proposed new high speed rail line between London and the North of England (HS2). It gives a brief overview of the scheme, its costs, compensation arrangements and the Bill which will give statutory and planning authority for the construction of the scheme.

Topic: Railways

High Speed 2 (HS2) Phase 1
Published Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00316
This paper summarises Phase 1 of the proposed new high speed rail line between London and the North of England (HS2). It gives a brief overview of the scheme, its costs, compensation arrangements and the Act which gives statutory and planning authority for the construction of the scheme. Construction is planned to begin soon.

Topic: Railways

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