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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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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.
Introduction to devolution in the UK
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8599
An introduction to the devolution settlements in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, London and parts of England.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0080
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill, scheduled to take place on 26 June 2019.
Debate on a Motion on Refugee Family Reunion
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0157
A Backbench Business debate on a Motion on refugee family reunion is scheduled in the Chamber on Thursday 20 June 2019. The debate is sponsored by Angus MacNeil MP.

Topic: Asylum

Devolution of the Adult Education Budget
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8596
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on the forthcoming devolution of the Adult Education Budget from the 2019-20 academic year.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Replacement of EU structural funds for Least Developed Regions
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0163
A Westminster Hall debate on the replacement of EU structural funds for Least Developed Regions has been scheduled for Wednesday 26 June 2019, from 2:30-4:00pm. The debate will be led by Paul Blomfield MP.
Leadership Elections: Conservative Party
Published Wednesday, June 19, 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.
The JCPOA and rising US-Iran tensions
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8597
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the Iran nuclear agreement (the JCPOA) and recent developments between the US and Iran, following the attack on tankers in the Gulf in June 2019.
House prices (UK): Social Indicators page
Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02645
Trends in house prices and affordability in the UK.
Court Closures and Access to Justice
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0156
General debate on Court Closures and Access to Justice to be held in the Commons chamber on Thursday 20 June 2019. The subject of the debate was determined by the backbench Business Committee following an application from Bambos Charalambous MP.

Topic: Courts

Live Animal Exports
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8031
Live animals are exported to EU countries from the UK for breeding, fattening, and slaughter. EU rules to protect the welfare of live animals during transport and related operations were agreed in 2004, and implemented in the UK in 2007. However, there are a number of ongoing campaigns calling for a ban on live exports for slaughter, on welfare grounds. The UK vote to leave the EU has prompted renewed calls for such a ban.
Political situation in Sudan
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0158
A Westminster Hall debate on the 'Political situation in Sudan’ has been scheduled for Thursday 20 June 2019, from 1:30-3:00pm. The debate will be led by Dr David Drew MP.

Topic: Africa

Treaty of Versailles: 100th Anniversary
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0079
On 28 June 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed in the Palace of Versailles, in the Hall of Mirrors. This briefing has been prepared in advance of the centenary. It provides an overview of the peace negotiations and a summary of the terms of the treaty.
Lords Membership: Lists of Current and Former Female Peers
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0078
This House of Lords Library briefing provides lists of the current and former female life Peers and the female hereditary Peers who have been Members of the House of Lords.

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