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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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Extending home ownership: Government initiatives
Published Thursday, December 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN03668
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper describes the specific Government initiatives which have been developed in order to assist first time buyers into home ownership and, in some cases, to help existing owners who are seeking to move. The paper includes some comment on these schemes.
NEET: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training
Published Thursday, December 28, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06705
790,000 people aged 16-24 were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) in the second quarter of 2017, 11.1% of all people in this age group. This was the same level as in the previous quarter and down 65,000 from the third quarter of 2016.
Business statistics
Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06152
Businesses since 2000, small businesses, business by region, businesses by industry, business births and deaths and information on female representation in business. It also features some discussion of the sources of business statistics and their coverage.
Mobile (park homes): 10% commission on sales
Published Friday, December 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07003
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper explains the requirement to pay 10% commission on the sale price of a mobile home to the site owner and provides information on various reviews of that requirement. Mobile home owners regard the charge as "unfair and out of date."
Mobile (park) homes
Published Friday, December 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01080
This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of the the rights of residents who live year-round on mobile home parks. The main focus of the paper is on mobile home owners in England but sections on Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are included.
The gender pay gap
Published Friday, December 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07068
This briefing paper provides statistics on the size of the gender pay gap in the UK, looks at some of the reasons why the gender pay gap arises and discusses the duty on large employers to report on the size of the gender pay gap in their workforce.

Topics: Employment, Pay

The Horserace Betting Levy
Published Friday, December 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7368
This Library briefing paper looks at changes to the Horserace Betting Levy.
Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, December 22, 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.
A Universal Service Obligation (USO) for Broadband
Published Friday, December 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8146
This Commons Library Briefing details the Government’s plans to introduce a Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband.
Industrial Strategy and the UK Economy
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0104
This House of Lords Library briefing has been produced in preparation for the debate on 8 January 2018 on the Government's Industrial Strategy and the case for boosting earning power and productivity across the United Kingdom with investment in the skills, businesses and infrastructure of the future.
Banking Services: reform and issues
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7234
A review of the new laws passed, reports about and issues surrounding, banks over the recent years.
The Intelligence and Security Committee
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02178
This paper describes the functions and powers of the Intelligence and Security Committee, which is responsible for scrutinising the UK's intelligence and security agencies. It outlines reforms to the Committee under the Justice and Security Act 2013, and summarises recent inquiries.
EURATOM
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8036
A Commons Library briefing paper on EURATOM, the European Atomic Energy Community.
House of Commons Composition Model
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8189
Following the 2017 General Election, under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011 the next general election would be in 2022. Final recommendations for new boundaries for a reduced number of constituencies are due to be made in September 2018. A statutory instrument will then be debated in Parliament to approve or reject the changes. An election held before this would be on the basis of the current constituencies.
UK Defence Expenditure
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8175
This paper summarises UK defence expenditure (historic, current, and planned), international comparisons of defence expenditure of NATO Allies, and the financial cost of UK military operations.
Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0103
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL] on 9 January 2018.
Rehabilitation in Prisons
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0102
This House of Lords Library briefing discusses the measures that prisons in England and Wales implement with the aim of reducing reoffending, together with the Government’s policies on the use of those measures.
Public Finances: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02812
Latest data on government net borrowing and net debt.
Artificial Intelligence and Automation in the UK
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8152
This briefing looks at the issue of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation, covering recent announcements such as 'sector deal' in the Industrial Strategy and research on the potential impacts of the technology.
Bovine TB and badger culling: devolved administrations
Published Wednesday, December 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8188
A summary of the approach to the control of bovine TB (bTB), including badger culling, in the devolved administrations.

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