Research briefings

This page provides access to research briefings produced by the House of Commons Library, the House of Lords Library and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). You can filter the research briefings by date, type, or one of 350 topics. Pick your options from the dropdown menus.

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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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    Topics: Research material can be filtered by subject using the topic terms. The topics are arranged in a taxonomy (a hierarchical classification) and can be further filtered using sub-topics.

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House prices (UK): Social Indicators page
Published Monday, September 24, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02645
Trends in house prices and affordability in the UK.
Brexit debates 2018
Published Monday, September 24, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8246
This paper provides links to a selection of debates that have referenced Brexit in the title or during a debate in 2018. This paper will be updated periodically.
Brexit and chemicals regulation (REACH)
Published Monday, September 24, 2018 | 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.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, September 24, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday when the legislatures are in session.
Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: statistics
Published Saturday, September 22, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05745
This is a purely statistical note on public sector borrowing (the budget deficit), public sector debt and government debt interest payments.
Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.
What is affordable housing?
Published Friday, September 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7747
This briefing paper considers how affordable housing is defined in England and looks at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types. It also examines the supply of affordable housing and the role of Housing Benefit in enabling households to access and retain affordable housing.
Public Finances: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02812
Latest data on government net borrowing and net debt.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
MPs' changes of party allegiance in the House of Commons since 1979
Published Friday, September 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02537
This list notes when a Member has changed allegiance from one political party to another or decided to sit as an independent MP. Instances of Members losing or resigning a party whip are also noted.
Overcrowded housing (England)
Published Friday, September 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01013
This briefing paper explains the current statutory overcrowding standard in England, efforts to update the standard, and Government approaches to tackling the problem.
GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, September 21, 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, September 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Victims Strategy
Published Thursday, September 20, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0209
A General Debate on Victims Strategy is scheduled for Thursday 11 October 2018.

Topic: Crime

Missing persons, guardianship and the presumption of death
Published Thursday, September 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04890
This Commons Library briefing paper provides information about looking for a missing person, dealing with their property and affairs while they are missing, and applying for a declaration of presumed death
"No-fault divorce"
Published Thursday, September 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01409
This Commons Library briefing paper considers the current basis for divorce, arguments for and against the introduction of "no-fault" divorce, and the Government's consultation paper, Reform of the legal requirements for divorce

Topic: Divorce

Bailiffs
Published Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04103
This Commons Library briefing paper on bailiffs summarises recent changes to the regulation of bailiffs, and attempts to answer the most common questions about bailiff action.

Topic: Civil law

Public procurement and contracts
Published Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06029
Procurement accounts for about a third of public spending in the UK. This briefing looks at the legislation and guidance that governs procurement, and government policy in this area. It also looks at problems with procurement and contracts, and offers some pointers on how to find out more about particular contracts.
Returns to a degree
Published Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8389
This House of Commons library briefing looks at the returns of participation in higher education and the benefits of higher education for individuals and society in the context of the rise in participation in higher education, changes in demand for graduates and graduate employment prospects.
Sleep and Long-Term Health
Published Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | POSTbriefs POST-PB-0029
A POSTbrief that describes the research examining the long-term health outcomes associated with disruptions to sleep and the circadian rhythm. Long-term sleep problems are associated with a range of poor health outcomes including increased risk for mental health conditions, obesity and type 2 diabetes, amongst others.

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