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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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The future of breast cancer
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0223
A debate on The future of breast cancer is scheduled for Thursday 18 October at 1.30pm in Westminster Hall. Laura Smith MP will open the debate.
Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02792
Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.
Teacher recruitment and retention in England
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7222
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on the recruitment and retention of teachers in England, including Government initiatives to increase teacher supply. The briefing also gives an overview of attempts to reduce teacher workload.

Topics: Schools, Teachers

Contested mergers and takeovers
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05374
This briefing explains the law on mergers and takeovers, and describes the role and powers of bodies that get involved in the process. Recent developments and cases are also covered.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Adult further education funding in England since 2010
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7708
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides a summary of how funding for adult further education (including apprenticeships) in England has changed since 2010.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
World Menopause Day
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0225
A debate will be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 18 October 2018 on World Menopause Day. The subject for the debate has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee and the debate will be opened by Martin Whitfield MP.
Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02797
Data on unemployment in the UK.
House prices (UK): Social Indicators page
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02645
Trends in house prices and affordability in the UK.
Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02796
A summary of the latest data on employment in the UK.
Ending exploitation in supermarket supply chains
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0219
A Backbench Business debate on Ending exploitation in supermarket supply chains is scheduled for Thursday 18 October. The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee. The motion is in the name of Kerry McCarthy MP.

Topics: Crime, Human rights

The Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects)(Amendment) Bill 2017-19
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8409
This Briefing Paper has been prepared for the second reading of the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Bill 2017-19.
Common Financial Services Questions
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7262
This Paper looks at a broad range of financial service and financial institution's issues.
Initial teacher training in England
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06710
This House of Commons Library Briefing provides information on initial teacher training (ITT) in England, including the different ITT routes, the sources of financial support for trainees, and recent policy developments.
Brexit reading list: economic, business and transport policy issues
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7830
The Commons Library has compiled, from a wide range of sources, a selection of analysis and comment relevant to the UK's forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union.
Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0106
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of the Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill which is due to receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 26 October 2018.
Poverty in Liverpool
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0226
A debate will be held on Poverty in Liverpool, led by Luciana Berger MP in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 24 October at 2:30pm.
EU Defence: the realisation of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8149
On 13 November 2017, 23 EU Member States submitted a Joint Notification to the EU Council of Ministers setting out their intention to utilise the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) mechanism to further European defence (CSDP). Ireland and Portugal notified the Council of Ministers of their intention to join in early December and a Decision formally launching PESCO was adopted on 11 December 2017. The first 17 capability projects were formally launched in March 2018. The UK did not sign the Joint Notification and will, therefore, remain outside of PESCO. In doing so, the UK will have no decision making rights over its governance or veto over its future strategic direction.
Average Earnings: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02795
Average Earnings: Regularly updated data on average weekly earnings, including breakdowns by public and private sectors.

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