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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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UK aid: frequently asked questions
Published Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7996
What is aid? What is the UN 0.7% aid target and why has the UK adopted it? Which government departments spend UK aid? What impact does UK aid have? What will be the impact of Brexit on UK aid? These and other questions are answered in an accessible way in this briefing paper.
Unemployment by ethnic background
Published Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 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.
Cryptocurrencies
Published Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8780
This briefing introduces the idea of 'cryptocurrencies' -- what they are, how they work, the benefits and challenges they offer, and how regulators have reacted to them.
Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN02792
Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.
Looked after children: out of area, unregulated and unregistered accommodation (England)
Published Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7560
This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on out of area placements for looked after children in England. It also provides information on placements for looked after children in unregulated and unregistered accommodation.
An overview of child protection legislation in England
Published Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN06787
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper gives a very broad overview of the legislative framework for child protection in England.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
Employment by Country of Birth and Nationality
Published Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN07056
This Commons Library briefing paper analyses data on employment in the UK by country of birth and nationality. The briefing compares data from 1997 to 2019 and explains how figures for employment by nationality can differ to those for employment by country of birth.

Topic: Employment

Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Islamic marriage and divorce in England and Wales
Published Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8747
This Commons Library briefing paper considers Islamic marriage and divorce in England and Wales and calls which have been made for the law to be changed to require civil registration of all marriages
Commons Library analysis of the Environment Bill 2019-20
Published Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8824
A Commons Library analysis of the Environment Bill 2019-20 prepared ahead of second reading on 26 February 2020.
School inspections in England: Ofsted
Published Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN07091
This briefing paper gives answers to some common questions on Ofsted inspections of state-funded schools in England. It looks at the practicalities of inspection and the implications of Ofsted gradings. It also provides information on current topical issues in inspection.

Topics: Ofsted, Schools

The UK oil and gas industry
Published Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2020-0036
A debate will be held in Westminster Hall at 9.30am on Tuesday 24 February 2020 on the UK oil and gas industry. The debate will be opened by Andrew Bowie MP.
Online safety education
Published Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0608
Online technologies are an integral part of many children’s lives. In 2017, the Children’s Commissioner for England identified shortcomings in online safety education and a number of stakeholders have called for action to increase ‘digital literacy’ in the UK. Upcoming changes to the curriculum mean that aspects of online safety will be taught in all schools from 2020. This POSTnote gives an overview of how children use the internet and the opportunities and risks it presents. It provides an overview of current online safety teaching in schools and elsewhere and how this will be affected by changes in the curriculum. It also looks at the role of content filtering and age verification technologies to improve online safety.
A brief guide to previous British defence reviews
Published Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7313
This Commons Library paper provides a short guide to the main recommendations of the defence reviews that have taken place since the end of the Second World War.
Average Earnings: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN02795
Average Earnings: Regularly updated data on average weekly earnings, including breakdowns by public and private sectors.
Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN02796
A summary of the latest data on employment in the UK.
Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN02797
Data on unemployment in the UK.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency
Published Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8748
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
Youth unemployment statistics
Published Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN05871
This paper presents the latest statistics on youth unemployment in the UK as well as comparisons with other EU countries.

Topic: Unemployment

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