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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 Thursday, September 21, 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.
Speed limits in England
Published Thursday, September 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00468
This paper sets out the legislation and guidance on speed limits and how highways authorities can vary limits in their areas. It also explains policy towards 20 mph, motorway and rural speed limits and how speed limits are enforced. Finally, it summarises the policies of successive governments towards speed limits.

Topic: Roads

Public Finances: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, September 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02812
Latest data on government net borrowing and net debt.
Q&A: solar panels
Published Thursday, September 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8090
This Commons briefing paper attempts to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about solar panels.

Topics: Consumers, Energy

Council Tax Reduction Schemes
Published Thursday, September 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06672
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on the implementation of local Council Tax Reduction Schemes since 1 April 2013. These local support schemes have replaced the national scheme of Council Tax Benefit.
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, September 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02802
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England’s and international, quantitative easing policy.
Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
Pension flexibilities: the 'freedom and choice' reforms
Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06891
Looks at the rules which came into force in April 2015 giving people more flexibility about when and how to access their defined contribution pension savings

Topic: Pensions

Productivity in the UK
Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06492
The briefing provides latest statistics on UK productivity including breakdowns by sector and region/country of the UK. It also explains why productivity is important to growth, the public finances and living standards, analyses whether the stagnation in productivity is temporary or permanent, looks at the impact of Brexit on productivity growth and outlines Government policy. International comparisons are also included.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Select Committees in the House of Lords: Updated September 2017
Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0062
This House of Lords Library Note considers committees in the House of Lords which deal with public matters.
GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
Charitable status and independent schools
Published Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05222
This Commons Library briefing paper deals with the charitable status of independent schools, including the public benefit requirement, together with recent developments in this area

Topics: Charities, Schools

Increases in the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s
Published Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7405
Briefing regarding the WASPI campaign and the impact of legislation increasing the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s

Topic: Pensions

Pre-legislative scrutiny under the 2015 and 2017 Conservative Governments
Published Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7757
Pre-legislative scrutiny of draft bills or clauses in the 2015 Parliament.
Brexit reading list: economic, business and transport policy issues
Published Monday, September 18, 2017 | 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.
Income inequality in the UK
Published Monday, September 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7484
This briefing paper looks at trends in income inequality in the UK over the last 50 years.
Royal Mail delivery office closures
Published Monday, September 18, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0174
A Westminster Hall debate on Royal Mail delivery office closures is scheduled for Wednesday 11 October. The Member leading the debate is Helen Hayes MP.

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