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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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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.
UK cases at the European Court of Human Rights since 1975
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8049
This note lists brief details of cases against the UK at the European Court of Human Rights since 1975.

Topics: Europe, Human rights

The prescription charge and other NHS charges
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7227
This House of Commons Library briefing outlines the provisions for prescription, dental and other NHS charges under NHS legislation, which groups are exempt from charges, and where charges vary in the devolved nations.
Cost of the Dieter Helm Energy Review
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0101
This pack has been produced ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 24 April 2018 from 2.30-4pm. The debate will be opened by Graham Stringer MP.
School inspections in England: Ofsted
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | 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

New Zealand 2018
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8285
With the drive for new trading opportunities for the UK, relations with Commonwealth countries such as New Zealand are increasingly in the spotlight.

Topic: Australasia

House of Lords: Largest Votes Recorded
Published Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0041
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information about the largest votes that have taken place in the House of Lords.
Brexit: new guidelines on the framework for future EU-UK relations
Published Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8289
Brexit negotiations have resumed and this third phase will cover issues outstanding from the last phases - the Irish border in particular - and the framework for future EU-UK relations. This paper looks at how the EU and the UK envisage their relationship after Brexit.
Street homelessness
Published Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0099
This House of Commons Library landing page has been prepared in advance of a debate entitled "Street homelessness". This will by led by Adam Holloway MP and will take place in Westminster Hall at 9.30am on Tuesday 24th April 2018.
Civil Liability Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0040
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information ahead of the second reading of the Civil Liability Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 24 April 2018.
Key documents : taxation
Published Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04680
This note lists a series of key documents on taxation.

Topic: Taxation

Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
Police service strength
Published Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN00634
This briefing paper explore police service strength data from the Home Office, Scottish Government, and Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Each country receives individual analysis utilising the available data from each police force area and international comparisons where available.

Topic: Police

GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
Adult Social Care Funding (England)
Published Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7903
This Commons Library briefing paper examines the key funding pressures facing adult social care services in England and evidence of the impacts of these pressures on social care and health services. The paper explains the additional short-term, ring-fenced funding that has been committed to adult social care between 2016/17 and 2019/20, and outlines concerns about a social care funding gap and financial uncertainty post 2020.
Surgical mesh implants
Published Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8108
Mesh implants may be used in a number of surgical procedures to provide additional support when repairing weakened or damaged tissue. Over recent years attention has increased on what are thought to be infrequent but sometimes serious complications that may be associated with the use of this mesh in uro-gynaecological procedures to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence.
Surgical mesh
Published Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0089
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 19 April 2018 on surgical mesh. The subject for the debate has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee and the debate will be opened by Emma Hardy MP.
Cancer treatment
Published Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0090
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 19 April 2018 on cancer treatment. The subject for the debate has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee and the debate will be opened by Sarah Jones MP.

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