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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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Commons Library analysis: Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] 2017-19
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8598
This Commons Library briefing deals with the Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] 2017-19, which would provide that the Secretary of State’s powers in relation to the management of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, include the power to grant a lease in respect of land for a period of up to 150 years.
High Speed 2: the business case, costs and spending
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8601
This paper shows that while HS2 will deliver significant capacity and connectivity improvements, there are alternatives available that deal with the capacity constraints on the West Coast Main Line at a much lower cost. This paper also reveals that concerns remain around the costs of HS2. The estimates at the time of the 2015 Spending Review put the cost at around £65 billion (in 2015 prices). The ambitions of HS2 Ltd are to reduce the costs of the infrastructure for Phase 2b by around 40% from the 2015 Spending Review estimate.

Topic: Railways

Changes to Benefits: Impact on Vulnerable People
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0081
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate moved by Baroness Janke (Liberal Democrat) that "this House takes note of the impact of recent benefit changes on vulnerable people" which is due to take place in the House of Lords on 27 June 2019.
General debate on improving the lives of people with dementia
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0165
On 25 June 2019 there will be a general debate on improving the lives of people with dementia. The debate will take place in Westminster Hall and will be led by Debbie Abrahams MP.
Public libraries
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05875
This Library paper gives a brief overview of public library services in England.

Topic: Libraries

Financial Conduct Authority: Report on RBS GRG
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0069
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming question for short debate on what assessment Her Majesty's Government have made of the 'Report on the Financial Conduct Authority’s Further Investigative Steps in Relation to RBS GRG', published on 13 June; and what plans they have to mitigate against any future mistreatment of small and medium-sized enterprises.
Secondary ticketing
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN04715
This Commons briefing paper considers recent initiatives to regulate the secondary ticketing market, including important new measures contained in the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and the Digital Economy Act 2017.

Topic: Consumers

Recall elections
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05089
Recall is used to describe a process where the electorate in an area can trigger a special election to remove an elected representative before the end of their term. A recall procedure was introduced in the UK in 2015. It only applies to Members of Parliament.
Knife Crime: Government Policy
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0082
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming debate on the impact of government policy on knife crime.
Active travel and local walking and cycling infrastructure plans
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0159
A Westminster Hall debate on ‘Active travel and local walking and cycling infrastructure plans’ has been scheduled for Tuesday 9 July 2019 from 9.30-11.00am. The debate has been initiated by Robert Courts MP and Stephen Morgan MP.

Topics: Cycling, Roads

Increases in the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7405
Briefing on the legislation increasing the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s, and the campaigns against it

Topic: Pensions

Leadership Elections: Conservative Party
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN01366
This House of Commons Library briefing paper sets out the current rules for election of a Conservative Party leader, and the background to their introduction.
Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
Commons Library analysis: Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill 2017-19
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8594
This Commons Library briefing paper deals with the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill 2017-19 which would remove the legal requirement to make allegations about spousal conduct or to have lived separately for up to five years in order to divorce or dissolve a civil partnership

Topics: Divorce, Family law

UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia: Q&A
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8425
This short Commons Library briefing paper examines UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02817
Business and Consumer Confidence: Information on business and consumer confidence surveys, which is generally released ahead of official statistical data and can indicate changes to the economic outlook as well as turning points in the economic cycle.
Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02792
Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.
Fly-tipping - the illegal dumping of waste
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05672
This Commons Library briefing paper gives a general overview of the extent of the problem of fly-tipping in England and the powers and responsibilities of the Environment Agency, local authorities and landowners to deal with it. It also sets out recent Government actions to tackle it and proposals for reform.
Debate on an e-petition calling for a ban on the use of all non-recyclable and unsustainable food packaging
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0161
A pack will be prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm on Monday 24 June 2019 on an e-petition relating to unsustainable packaging. The debate will be opened by Daniel Zeichner MP.

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