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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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Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Inheritance tax and civil partnerships
Published Friday, September 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02995
This note looks at the debate on the treatment of spouses and civil partners for the purposes of inheritance tax, principally in the context of the passage of the Civil Partnerships Act 2004, and the provisions in Budget 2005 to ensure the tax system treated each in the same way.
Brexit reading list: no deal
Published Friday, September 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8642
This paper provides links to a selection of 2019 publications by private sector organisations, think tanks, research institutes and other academic institutions on a no-deal exit from the EU.
Brexit and chemicals regulation (REACH)
Published Thursday, September 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8403
A House of Commons Library briefing paper discussing the EU REACH regulation for chemicals and the potential impacts of Brexit including in relation to a no deal scenario.
UK replacement of the EU's external agreements after Brexit
Published Thursday, September 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8370
The EU has over a thousand international agreements with non-EU countries, covering trade, aviation, nuclear co-operation and other issues. These will cease to apply to the UK when it leaves the EU. The Government has identified 157 agreements with non-EU countries that it is seeking in order to replace these arrangements in the event a no deal Brexit. Some agreements have already been concluded, but engagement is ongoing for most of these and some will not be in place by the scheduled Brexit day of 31 October.
Life Peers Created by Prime Minister
Published Thursday, September 19, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0121
This House of Lords Library briefing provides breakdowns of life peers appointed under the Life Peerages Act 1958.
Queen’s Speech: Lords Movers and Seconders, 1997-2017
Published Thursday, September 19, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0120
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a list of the mover and seconder following each Queen’s Speech since 1997, along with each Member’s party affiliation at the time.
Data protection: constituency casework
Published Thursday, September 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN01936
This Library Briefing Paper looks at the General Data Protection Regulation, the Data Protection Act 2018, and when MPs can process personal information.
Brexit statements
Published Thursday, September 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8467
This paper provides links to a selection of statements both written and oral that have referenced Brexit in the title or in the statement since the EU referendum. This paper will be updated periodically.
Brexit debates 2019
Published Thursday, September 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8489
This paper provides links to a selection of debates that have referenced Brexit in the title or during a debate in 2019. This paper will be updated periodically.
EU Settlement Scheme
Published Thursday, September 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8584
This briefing provides an overview of the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). The scheme has been introduced to allow EU, EEA and Swiss nationals, and their close family members, to apply to remain in the UK following its departure from the European Union.
Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, September 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 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.
Naval shipbuilding: September 2019 update
Published Thursday, September 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8665
The Government has selected its preferred bidder to build the Royal Navy's new frigates. This Commons Library update examines progress on the shipbuilding strategy and the main surface ship programmes: frigates, support ships and offshore patrol vessels.
GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, September 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02792
Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.
Language teaching in schools (England)
Published Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7388
This House of Commons Library briefing discusses the requirements on schools in England to teach languages; the quality of provision; support for teaching; calls for improved standards; and relevant Government reforms.

Topics: Schools, Teachers

School buildings and capital funding (England)
Published Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7375
The levels of funding available for capital projects in English schools, and information on the funding streams schools may access

Topic: Schools

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.

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