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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, August 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill 2017-19
Published Friday, August 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8356
The Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill 2017-19 was introduced on 21 June 2018. It has completed its Committee Stage and is awaiting Report and Third Reading on 5 September 2018.

Topic: Criminal law

Fees for registering children as British citizens
Published Friday, August 17, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0196
A Westminster Hall debate on Fees for registering children as British citizens is scheduled for Tuesday 4 September 2018 at 11.30am. The Member leading the debate is Stuart C McDonald MP.
Q&A: solar panels
Published Friday, August 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8090
This Commons briefing paper attempts to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about solar panels.

Topics: Consumers, Energy

Smart Meters Act 2018
Published Friday, August 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8120
This Commons Library briefing contains background information on smart meters and the roll out, discussion on the clauses of the Smart Meters Bill, and comment on the Bill. The Bill received Royal Assent on 23 May 2018 without amendment, becoming the Smart Meters Act 2018.
Zero-hours contracts
Published Friday, August 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06553
This note discusses zero-hours contracts; a type of contract used by employers whereby workers agree to be potentially available for work although have no guaranteed hours.

Topic: Employment

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, August 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
The Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Act 2018
Published Friday, August 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8242
The Tariff Cap Act 2018 requires the regulator Ofgem to impose a temporary, absolute cap on the price of standard variable and default electricity and gas tariffs.
Unemployment - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, August 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02800
Unemployment: International Comparisons: Data on harmonised unemployment rates for major international economies.
GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, August 17, 2018 | 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 Friday, August 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
The Nuclear Safeguards Act 2018
Published Friday, August 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8107
The Nuclear Safeguards Act 2018 makes provision for nuclear safeguards after the UK leaves Euratom. This Briefing Paper discusses the background to and content of the Bill, and details the Bill's progression through the legislative process.
Introducing a voluntary Right to Buy for housing association tenants in England
Published Thursday, August 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7224
The Government has committed to extend the Right to Buy to assured tenants of housing associations on a voluntary basis. No implementation date for full roll-out has been announced. A large regional pilot scheme in the Midlands was launched on 16 August 2018. The Government has said that the impact of the pilot scheme will be assessed before decisions are made on the next steps. This paper provides background on the policy and explains progress to date.
Bus Services Act 2017
Published Thursday, August 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7545
This paper explains the policy background to and contents and purpose of the Bus Services Act 2017. It will be updated as the Act is brought into force and implemented over coming years.
Unemployment by ethnic background
Published Thursday, August 16, 2018 | 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.
People with disabilities in employment
Published Thursday, August 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7540
This note summarises the key statistics available on disabled people in employment in the UK.
Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, August 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
Blue Badges and parking for disabled people in England
Published Thursday, August 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01360
This paper is chiefly concerned with the Blue Badge scheme; it also includes information on the provision of parking bays and on off-street parking for disabled people. The Blue Badge scheme is a devolved matter so this paper deals largely with England.

Topics: Equality, Roads

Parking policy in England
Published Thursday, August 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02235
This briefing paper summarises parking policy in England: civil parking enforcement on public highways; parking on private land; and parking on private roads.

Topic: Roads

Employment by Country of Birth and Nationality
Published Thursday, August 16, 2018 | 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 2018 and explains how figures for employment by nationality can differ to those for employment by country of birth.

Topic: Employment

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