Research briefings

This page provides access to research briefings produced by the House of Commons Library, the House of Lords Library and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). You can filter the research briefings by date, type, or one of 350 topics. Pick your options from the dropdown menus. The publication of all research briefings is suspended during the pre-election period. Publication will resume on 13 December.

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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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The Intelligence and Security Committee
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | 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. It also explains the recent controversy surrounding the Committee's inquiry on Russian activity against the UK and the Government's refusal to permit publication of the report prior to the 2019 election.
Civil partnership for opposite sex couples
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8609
This Commons Library briefing paper deals with the extension of eligibility to register a civil partnership to opposite sex couples
Winter Fuel Payments update
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06019
The Winter Fuel Payment is a tax-free annual payment to help older people meet the cost of their winter fuel bills. The “standard” rates are £200 per eligible household where the oldest person is under 80, and £300 for households containing a person aged 80 or over.
Brexit: Trade issues for food and agriculture
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7974
This briefing discusses how future UK trade policy after Brexit could affect the availability, price and quality of food, as well as the prospects for farmers, food producers and processors. It sets out key statistics on the UK’s international food and drink trade and considers the potential opportunities and challenges of new trading relationships after the UK leaves the EU, including under a Withdrawal Agreement or a no deal scenario.
Brexit: public procurement
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8390
Overview of the expected effects of Brexit on public procurement and future policy choices for the UK.
Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Provision in England: Recent Developments
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0152
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on recent developments in connection with the availability of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in England.
Brexit reading list: no deal
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8642
This paper provides links to a selection of 2019 publications by private sector organisations, think tanks, research institutes and other academic institutions on a no-deal exit from the EU.
House of Lords Act 1999: Twenty Years On
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0151
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides background information on the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999.
Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | 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.
Planning for a no-deal Brexit
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8733
After Boris Johnson became Prime Minister in July 2019 the Government intensified planning for a no-deal Brexit and stressed its intention to take the UK out of the EU on 31 October with or without a deal. But the UK remained in the EU after 31 October after a further extension of the Article 50 period was agreed with the EU. A no-deal Brexit however remains the default outcome if an agreement is not ratified. This briefing paper provides an overview of Government and EU preparations for a no-deal Brexit, and of recent reports analysing the possible impact of this outcome
Universal Credit and the Severe Disability Premium
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8494
This Commons Library briefing looks at how Universal Credit will affect benefit claimants who are, or were, getting the Severe Disability Premium. It covers measures which came into force in January 2019 to prevent people getting SDP from moving onto UC until they can receive transitional protection, and "SDP transitional payments" for those who have already moved to UC and lost SDP.
Statistics on UK trade with China
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7379
China is one of the UK's largest trading partners. This note gives some key statistics on UK-China trade.
Regulation of fireworks
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05704
There are strict rules in place in the UK regulating the sale, possession and use of fireworks. This Commons briefing paper provides an overview of the current legislative provisions regulating the supply and use of fireworks in England & Wales and (in the main) Scotland.

Topic: Consumers

Support for UK Veterans
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7693
This briefing paper details the support available to armed forces veterans in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Ethnic and Religious Diversity in the House of Lords
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0150
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides background information on ethnic and religious representation in the House of Lords.
Brexit: ATOL protection scheme
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8559
This Commons briefing paper provides a summary of the impact on ATOL of a “no deal” Brexit. In the process, it also provides an outline of the current insolvency protections provided by ATOL in respect of package holidays and LTAs.

Topic: Consumers

The election of a Speaker
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05074
This note briefly outlines the procedure for electing a Speaker. It reports the results of the election of new Speakers in 2009 and 2019; and the Procedure Committee's review of the 2009 election.
Four Seasons Health Care Group – financial difficulties and safeguards for clients
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8004
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explores the latest developments concerning the financial state of the Four Seasons Health Care Group – the UK’s second largest care home provider – and (for England) the regulatory oversight of strategically important social care providers and the temporary duty of local authorities to meet people’s needs when such a provider suffers business failure. A link to the full pdf report can be found at the foot of this page.
School funding in England: FAQs
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8419
This briefing paper aims to give a short, non-technical overview of issues around school funding in England and answer frequently-asked questions on this subject. It's been updated following the Government's Summer 2019 funding announcements.

Topic: Schools

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