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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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Tidal Ranges
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0059
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming House of Lords debate on harnessing the potential of tidal ranges to generate renewable energy.
Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02792
Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.
Main Estimates: Government spending plans for 2019-20
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8575
A summary of the process and details of the 2019-20 Main Estimates, the way in which Parliament approves the Government's spending plans.
National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill 2017-19
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8554
The National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill, Bill 381 of 2017-19, was presented on 25 April 2018.
Supporting clinical trials and the UK’s future clinical research capability
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0132
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall at 1.30pm on Thursday 23 May 2019 on supporting clinical trials and the UK’s future clinical research capability. The subject for the debate has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee and the debate will be opened by Chris Green MP.
Emergency debates in the House of Commons since 1979
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN04569
This list notes successful applications for emergency debates in the House of Commons and provides a link to the debate in Hansard. Applications for emergency debates made since June 2012 are noted in the Excel spreadsheet.
Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: statistics
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | 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.
Number of urgent questions in the House of Commons since 1997
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8344
Urgent questions are a category of oral questions that allow all MPs not in the Government to put a question to a minister without the usual notice required for oral question time and without the need to be drawn in a ballot.
Public Finances: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02812
Latest data on government net borrowing and net debt.
Plastic waste
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8515
A House of Commons Library Briefing Paper on plastic waste in the UK, including statistics on plastic waste and information on UK Government and devolved Government plans and ambitions to reduce avoidable plastic waste and examples of voluntary initiatives from the plastics industry, environmental groups and retailers.
Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Unemployment by ethnic background
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06385
The unemployment rate is higher for people from a BAME background than from a White background, although the rate varies considerably by ethnic group. This short paper summarises trends in unemployment rates and looks at how rates vary by ethnicity, age and gender.
Building Regulations and Safety: Review and Reforms
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8482
This briefing contains a short overview of the building regulation and fire safety review and proposed reforms following the Grenfell Fire.

Topics: Housing, Planning

Health and Safety Statistics
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7458
Statistics on Health and Safety in the United Kingdom. Information on fatalities, accidents and illnesses by occupation, industry, region and country. Also includes international comparisons.

Topics: Diseases, Employment

Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Knife Crime: Policy and Causes
Published Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0061
This House of Lords Library Briefing explores current government policy in relation to knife crime and some of the possible causes of the recent increase in violent crime.
The Yemen Peace Process
Published Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0127
A Backbench Business debate in the Main Chamber, on a ‘Motion on the Yemen Peace Process’, has been scheduled for Thursday 23 May 2019. The debate will be led by Keith Vaz MP and Alison Thewliss MP.

Topics: Asia, Middle East

Universal Credit and Debt
Published Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0131
On 5 June 2019 there will be a Westminster Hall debate regarding universal credit and debt. The debate will be led by Ruth George MP.
Four Seasons Health Care Group – financial difficulties and safeguards for clients
Published Tuesday, May 21, 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 a provider suffers business failure. A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the foot of this page.

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