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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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Broadband coverage and speeds: local statistics, 2017
Published Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8200
Constituency data on broadband speeds, superfast broadband coverage, availability of full fibre services, and lines that can't get decent broadband.
Joint Enterprise
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0014
A Backbench Business Committee debate on Joint Enterprise is scheduled for Thursday 25 January 2018. The debate will be opened by Lucy Powell MP.

Topic: Criminal law

Brexit reading list: economic, business and transport policy issues
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7830
The Commons Library has compiled, from a wide range of sources, a selection of analysis and comment relevant to the UK's forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union.
Asylum Statistics
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01403
An analysis of asylum statistics and trends in the UK and other EU countries. Statistics on asylum seekers and refugees in the UK are published by the Home Office, while statistics on asylum in EU28 countries are published by Eurostat. These statistics contain data on the number of people applying for asylum and the outcomes of asylum applications.
Personal Independence Payment process
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0020
There will be a debate, entitled "Personal Independence Payment process", at 9.30am on Wednesday 31st January 2018. It will be led by Laura Pidcock MP and will take place in Westminster Hall.
NHS Winter Pressures in England, 2017/18
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8210
Pressures on the NHS in England in winter 2017/18, including ambulance handover delays, bed occupancy, norovirus bed closures, and accident and emergency diverts.
The Barnett formula
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7386
This briefing looks at how the Barnett formula works and includes a brief summary of the debate surrounding the formula.
The collapse of Carillion
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8206
Carillion entered compulsory liquidation on 15 January 2018. This briefing looks at the causes and consequences of Carillion's collapse. It will be updated soon to cover more topics.
Application of the Pubs Code 2016
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0019
A Westminster Hall debate on the application of the Pubs Code is scheduled for Wednesday 24th January at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Adrian Bailey.

Topic: Competition

Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: statistics
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 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.
Public Finances: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02812
Latest data on government net borrowing and net debt.
Proscription of Hezbollah
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0015
A Backbench Business Committee debate on Proscription of Hezbollah is scheduled for Thursday 25 January 2018. The debate will be opened by Joan Ryan MP.
GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
The Pensions Regulator: Powers to protect pension benefits
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04368
Looks at the Pensions Regulator's powers to protect pension scheme benefits.
Commons Library analysis of the Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8107
The Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19 makes provision for nuclear safeguards after the UK leaves Euratom. This Briefing Paper discusses the background to and content of the Bill. The Bill passed Committee stage without amendment on 14 November 2017 and Report Stage began on 23 January 2018.
Parking policy in England
Published Monday, January 22, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02235
This briefing paper summarises parking policy in England: civil parking enforcement on public highways; parking on private land; and parking on private roads.

Topic: Roads

Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, January 22, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0010
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill [HL] on 26 January 2018.
Commons Library Analysis: The UK's refugee family reunion rules: striking the right balance?
Published Monday, January 22, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7511
Campaigners are pressing the Government to extend the visa provisions concerning refugee family reunion to a wider range of relationships. Two Private Members’ Bills on this topic are currently before the Commons and Lords respectively. The Government’s view is that the existing Immigration Rules and policy guidance already provide a “comprehensive framework” for refugee family reunion in various different scenarios, and that there is no need for primary legislation or Immigration Rules changes.

Topic: Asylum

Lebanon 2018
Published Monday, January 22, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8208
The resignation of Saad Hariri, Lebanese Prime Minister, then his withdrawal of that resignation drew attention to Lebanon's entanglement with the struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran for influence in the region.

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