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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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    Topics: Research material can be filtered by subject using the topic terms. The topics are arranged in a taxonomy (a hierarchical classification) and can be further filtered using sub-topics.

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Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 24, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Effect of US tariffs on the Scotch whisky industry
Published Friday, January 24, 2020 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2020-0012
A Westminster Hall debate on 'Effect of US tariffs on the Scotch whisky industry' has been scheduled for Thursday 30 January 2020, at 1.30pm. The debate has been initiated by David Mundell MP.
Careers guidance in schools, colleges and universities (England)
Published Friday, January 24, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7236
This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at the requirements on schools, colleges and universities in England to provide careers guidance, the quality of the advice provided, and also the organisations working to provide careers advice.
Fire risk in flats and shared buildings
Published Friday, January 24, 2020 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2020-0015
A debate will be held in Westminster Hall at 9.30am on Tuesday 28 January 2020 on fire risk in flats and shared buildings. The debate will be opened by Matt Rodda MP.
Incineration of industrial and commercial waste
Published Friday, January 24, 2020 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2020-0014
A debate will be held in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm on Tuesday 28 January 2020 on the incineration of industrial and commercial waste. The debate will be opened by Stephen Doughty MP.
Release from prison in England and Wales
Published Friday, January 24, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN05199
This briefing describes the statutory framework governing the release of prisoners in England and Wales and Government proposals to change them.

Topic: Prisons

Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 24, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data for the sector that incorporates the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Rural Economy and UK Agriculture: Issues for the New Parliament
Published Friday, January 24, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0029
This House of Lords Library briefing provides key statistics on the rural economy and a summary of recent developments.
House of Lords: Largest Votes Recorded
Published Friday, January 24, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0048
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information about the largest votes that have taken place in the House of Lords.
Manufacturing: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 24, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN05206
Manufacturing: Data on manufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.
UK defence rotary strategy
Published Friday, January 24, 2020 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2020-0011
A Westminster Hall debate on ‘UK defence rotary strategy’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 29 January 2020 at 4.30pm. The debate has been initiated by Robert Courts MP.
Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Friday, January 24, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7912
This reading list brings together briefings on Brexit by the Parliamentary libraries and the Devolved Assembly research services with reports by Parliamentary and Devolved Assembly committees following the result of the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.
Brexit timeline: events leading to the UK’s exit from the European Union
Published Friday, January 24, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7960
This paper provides a timeline of the major events leading up to the EU referendum and subsequent dates of note, looking ahead to expected events as the UK and EU negotiate the UK's exit.
The UK's refugee family reunion rules: a comprehensive framework?
Published Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7511
The UK's Immigration Rules allow for refugees to be joined in the UK by immediate family members in certain circumstances. Provisions in EU law (the Dublin III Regulation) can also be used to reunite families separated across the EU/UK. The Regulations will cease to apply in the UK after the Brexit 'transition period'. This has given extra impetus to pre-existing calls to widen the scope of the UK's rules.

Topic: Asylum

Antarctica science and diplomacy
Published Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2020-0010
A Westminster Hall debate on ‘Antarctica science and diplomacy’ has been scheduled for Tuesday 28 January 2020, from 2.30-4:00pm. The debate has been initiated by James Gray MP.
Mineworkers' pensions
Published Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN01189
Covers the arrangements made for mineworkers' pensions following privatisation of British Coal in 1994.

Topics: Coal, Pensions

Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN02802
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England’s and international, quantitative easing policy.
Iran and Stability in the Middle East
Published Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0027
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on Iran and stability in the Middle East.

Topics: Iran, Iraq, Middle East

Defence, Diplomacy, and Development: Building a Safer, Fairer and Cleaner World
Published Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0028
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 30 January 2020 on the motion moved by Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale (Labour) that “this House takes note of the role played by defence, diplomacy and development policy in building a safer, fairer and cleaner world”.
Retrospective taxation
Published Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN04369
Retrospective tax legislation imposes or increases a tax charge prior to the legislation being introduced. Although this is a controversial practice, retrospective provisions are often introduced to mitigate the risks to the Exchequer from tax avoidance.

Topic: Taxation

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