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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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Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: statistics
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05745
This is a purely statistical note on public sector borrowing (the budget deficit), public sector debt and government debt interest payments.
Opposition Day Debate: Social Care
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0198
There will be an Opposition Day Debate on Wednesday 25th October about ‘Social care’. It is expected that this debate will cover funding for adult social care, as well as the financial sanctions that are, or will be, experienced by local authorities that fail to meet their ‘delayed transfer of care’ targets.
International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0197
A debate on the ‘International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day’ has been scheduled for Thursday 26 October 2017 at 1.30pm in Westminster Hall. The debate has been initiated by Jim Shannon.
Recall of Parliament
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01186
This House of Commons Library briefing paper discusses the procedure for recalling Parliament, as well as providing details of recent occasions when Parliament has been recalled.

Topic: Parliament

Intergenerational Fairness and Government Policy
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0072
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on intergenerational fairness and government policy ahead of a debate on this topic scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 26 October 2017.
Commons Library Analysis of Smart Meters Bill 2017-19
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8120
This Commons Library briefing contains background information on smart meters and the roll out, discussion on the clauses of the Smart Meters Bill 2017-19, and comment on the Bill.
Paying for supported housing
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06080
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains the impact of the Government's proposal to apply Local Housing Allowance caps, and also a requirement to reduce rents, on the supported housing sector. The sector has argued that these measures threaten its viability. On 15 September 2016 the Government announced that LHA caps will apply in 2019/20. Rent reductions have applied from April 2017.
Health and Social Care Integration
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7902
This House of Commons Library briefing paper analyses recent policy and debate on the integration of NHS-provided healthcare and local authority-provided social care in the UK. This has been a key policy priority for successive Governments, with the aim of improving patient care and saving money for the NHS and local authorities.
Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill 2017-19
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8118
This paper explains the policy background to and contents and purpose of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill 2017-19 (HC Bill 112).
Public Finances: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02812
Latest data on government net borrowing and net debt.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Parliamentary debate 24/10/17: Improving rail links in South West England
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0192

Topic: Railways

Global LGBT rights
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0196
A debate on ‘Global LGBT rights’ has been scheduled for Thursday 26 October 2017 in the Main Chamber. The debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee.
Energy Smart Meters
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8119
Between now and 2020 more than 50 million new energy ‘smart meters’ are being rolled out to 30 million homes and smaller non-domestic sites in Great Britain.
Reforming pension tax relief
Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7505
Looks at the current debate on pension tax relief reform

Topic: Pensions

Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
English language teaching for refugees
Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0195
There will be a debate, entitled: "English language teaching for refugees". It will be sponsored by Dame Caroline Spelman MP and will take place at Westminster Hall on Tuesday 24th October at 4.30pm, lasting for 90 minutes.
UK relations with Taiwan
Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0190
A debate on ‘UK relations with Taiwan’ has been scheduled for Tuesday 24 October in Westminster Hall at 9.30am. The debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee.
National Railway Museum and ownership of national assets
Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0193
A Westminster Hall debate on the National Railway Museum and ownership of national assets is scheduled for Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 4.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Kelvin Hopkins MP.

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