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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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World Malaria Day: 25 April 2018
Published Monday, April 23, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0047
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on World Malaria Day, marked on 25 April each year.
Opposition Day Debate on Social care
Published Monday, April 23, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0104
On 25 April 2018, there will be an Opposition Day Debate on Social Care in the Commons chamber.
Leaving the EU: Local Government Consultation After Withdrawal
Published Monday, April 23, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0046
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of the formal advisory role that local government currently has in the EU law and policy-making process through its membership of the European Union Committee of the Regions, and briefly discusses the UK Government’s plans for replicating the consultative rights of local authorities after the UK withdraws from the Union.
Help with energy bills
Published Monday, April 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06163
This Commons Library Briefing paper sets out sources of financial and practical help for constituents with domestic energy bills.
Schools
Published Monday, April 23, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0103
There will be an Opposition Day Debate on schools on Wednesday 25 April 2018. This will take place in the Commons Chamber.

Topic: Schools

Protecting children in conflict areas
Published Monday, April 23, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0098
A Westminster Hall debate on ‘Protecting children in conflict areas’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 25 April 2018 from 9.30am to 11.00am. The debate has been initiated by Chris Law MP.
Road accident casualties in Britain and the world
Published Monday, April 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7615
Road Accident statistics with various breakdowns and analyses

Topic: Roads

Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, April 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
Poverty in the UK: statistics
Published Monday, April 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07096
This note sets out information on the levels and rates of poverty in the UK, including historical trends and forecasts for future years.
Debate on a Motion of Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993
Published Monday, April 23, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0102
This landing page gives background to the debate on a motion of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993, which will take place on 25 April 2018.
Financial Guidance and Claims Bill 2017-19
Published Monday, April 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8033
This paper outlines the provisions of the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill 2017-19 and the debates on it in Parliament
Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2015–16: House of Lords Sexual Violence in Conflict Committee
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0045
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information about the work of the House of Lords Sexual Violence in Conflict Committee; its recommendations; the government response; and information highlighted in subsequent correspondence between the chair of the House of Lords Liaison Committee and the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Sexual Violence in Conflict. It also contains a summary of the debate held in the House of Lords on the report, and concludes with a summary of certain developments which have occurred since the Committee reported.
Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2015–16: House of Lords National Policy for the Built Environment Committee
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0044
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of the conclusions and recommendations contained within the House of Lords National Policy for the Built Environment Committee’s final report published in February 2016, and the Government’s response.

Topics: Housing, Planning

Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2015–16: House of Lords Social Mobility Committee
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0043
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information about the work of the House of Lords Social Mobility Committee; its conclusions and recommendations; the Government’s response; and a summary of the debate held in the House of Lords.
Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2015–16: House of Lords Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0042
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information about the work of the House of Lords Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee; its recommendations; the Government’s response; a summary of the debate held in the House of Lords; and subsequent developments.
Childcare Vouchers and Tax-Free Childcare - Frequently Asked Questions
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8055
This Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the Childcare Vouchers and Tax-Free Childcare schemes and a comparison of their key features. It explores the ‘winners and losers’ under each scheme, considers how the schemes interact with welfare benefits, and outlines some other sources of help with childcare costs. The Childcare Voucher scheme and the new Tax-Free Childcare scheme are both UK-wide.
Special Educational Needs: support in England
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07020
This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the system of support for children and young people in England aged 0-25 with special educational needs (SEN). The briefing provides an overview of the new system introduced in 2014, the transitional arrangements, and how the new system differs from that which preceded it. It also includes a brief history of the movement towards reform that preceded the 2014 changes, and information on the impact of the new system available to date.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
E-Petition 205106 "Stop the privatisation of NHS services"
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0091
This House of Commons Library Debate Pack briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate on E-Petition 205106 which calls for an end to “the privatisation of NHS services”. This will be led by Mike Hill MP and will take place in Westminster Hall on Monday 23rd April at 4.30pm.

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