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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.
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General election results from 1918 to 2019
Published Monday, August 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8647
This dataset presents UK general election results by constituency from 1918 onwards. It draws on several sources, described below, which may contain errors. For each constituency, the dataset includes the number of votes and vote share for different political parties, as well as the electorate and turnout. Turnout was calculated as valid votes divided by the electorate.
Productivity: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, August 16, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02791
Latest statistics showing changes in UK productivity and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries.
Geographical pattern of UK trade
Published Friday, August 16, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7593
This note looks at the UK's trade with its main trading partners.
The United Nations Global Compact for Migration
Published Friday, August 16, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8459
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was formally adopted by 164 Member States of the United Nations, including the UK, in December 2018. This briefing explains what's in the Compact and its implications for Member States.
Energy bills and tariff caps
Published Friday, August 16, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8081
This Library briefing paper provides a summary of the UK energy market, a breakdown of the components of energy bills, and details of concerns and reforms in the market, including the tariff caps.
Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, August 16, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
Employment by Country of Birth and Nationality
Published Friday, August 16, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN07056
This Commons Library briefing paper analyses data on employment in the UK by country of birth and nationality. The briefing compares data from 1997 to 2018 and explains how figures for employment by nationality can differ to those for employment by country of birth.

Topic: Employment

Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, August 16, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Marriage of same sex couples: Northern Ireland
Published Thursday, August 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8646
This Commons Library briefing paper considers the current law relating to marriage of same sex couples in Northern Ireland and provisions in the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019
Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, August 15, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0107
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill on 10 September 2019.
UK parliamentary by-elections since 1945
Published Thursday, August 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02383
This list notes the number of by-elections by session since 1945-46 and also gives the results for by-elections since 2005.
Parliamentary Private Secretaries to Prime Ministers since 1906
Published Thursday, August 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06579
This List notes Parliamentary Private Secretaries to successive Prime Ministers from 1906.
High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, August 15, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0106
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill on 4 September 2019.
MPs' changes of party allegiance in the House of Commons since 1979
Published Thursday, August 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02537
This list notes when a Member has changed allegiance from one political party to another or decided to sit as an independent MP. Instances of Members losing or resigning a party whip are also noted.
Adult social care: the Government’s ongoing policy review and anticipated Green Paper (England)
Published Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8002
This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the Government’s ongoing review of social care policy, in particular how it is funded by individuals and the public sector in England. The Government said in March 2017 it would publish a consultative Green Paper on this topic, but in July 2019 the Financial Times reported that the new Prime Minister may decide that a White Paper setting out the Government’s new policies should be published instead. A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the bottom of this page.
Brexit reading list: no deal
Published Wednesday, August 14, 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.
Prisoners' voting rights: developments since May 2015
Published Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7461
This House of Commons Briefing Paper analyses the debate over the voting rights of prisoners since May 2015, it also includes a concise summary of the main developments before May 2015.
Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
The review of university admissions
Published Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8538
This House of Commons briefing paper discusses the university admissions system and the review of admissions practices which was announced by the Education Secretary on 5 April 2019. The paper focuses on the use of predicted grades for university admissions, the increase in unconditional offers by universities, contextual admissions and issues around a post qualification admissions system.
Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02792
Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.

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