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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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AEA Technology Pensions
Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7740
Looks at "advice given to members of the UK Atomic Energy Agency (AEA) Pension Scheme" on privatisation. Originally prepared for a Westminster Hall debate on 26 October 2016, it has been updated since.

Topic: Pensions

Brexit timeline: events leading to the UK’s exit from the European Union
Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7960
This paper provides a timeline of the major events leading up to the EU referendum and subsequent dates of note, looking ahead to expected events as the UK and EU negotiate the UK's exit.
Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: statistics
Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 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.
Powers of attorney and other decision-making powers
Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN03898
This Commons Library briefing paper deals with powers of attorney and other ways of authorising someone to make a decision for another person in England and Wales.
The Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill 2017-19
Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8164
The Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill 2017-19 is a Private Member's Bill that seeks to change the Rules for Redistribution of Parliamentary constituencies. This briefing summarises the main changes that the Bill would make if passed.
Public Finances: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02812
Latest data on government net borrowing and net debt.
Local government and social care funding
Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0097
Background material for the Opposition Day debate on local government and social care funding on Wednesday 24 April 2019.
Rail fares, ticketing & prospects for reform
Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8552
Rail fares have been a sore point for passengers for some time. This is exacerbated at the turn of the year when the annual regulated fare changes are brought into effect. The fare increases, which arguably cause the most dissatisfaction for passengers, raise questions around who determines fare changes and whether there is any prospect of them being frozen or even reduced?

Topic: Railways

Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7912
This reading list brings together briefings on Brexit by the Parliamentary libraries and the Devolved Assembly research services with reports by Parliamentary and Devolved Assembly committees following the result of the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.
Careers guidance in schools, colleges and universities (England)
Published Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7236
This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at the requirements on schools, colleges and universities in England to provide careers guidance, the quality of the advice provided, and also the organisations working to provide careers advice.
T Levels: Reforms to Technical Education
Published Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7951
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of proposals to reform the system of technical education in England through the introduction of new T Level qualifications.
Home education in England
Published Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05108
This briefing provides information on home education in England and outlines current and past proposals for reform. It also notes issues raised with regards to home education and briefly summarises the relevant sections of selected reports. Education is a devolved issue; the briefing covers the position in England only.
Lifetime survivors pensions from public service schemes
Published Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN07109
Looks at why some survivors of public service pension scheme members lose their survivors pensions if they remarry or cohabit

Topic: Pensions

Tackling Malaria in 2019: Progress Update
Published Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0049
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on World Malaria Day, which takes place annually on 25 April.

Topic: Diseases

Brexit: Proposals for the future UK-EU relationship
Published Thursday, April 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8483
The House of Commons has voted on various options for the future UK-EU relationship in the hope that an agreed UK position may help to break the impasse following the Commons' rejection of the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement. The Government says it may hold a further Commons vote on future relationship options. What options have been proposed?
Pension Credit - current issues
Published Thursday, April 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8135
Looks at some of the issues currently raised in connection with Pension Credit - including the introduction of changes for 'mixed age couples'

Topic: Pensions

London Capital & Finance
Published Thursday, April 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8550
This briefing looks at the failure of London Capital & Finance Plc (LCF) and the consequences for those who invested in the firm's 'mini-bonds'.
Russian annexation of Crimea
Published Thursday, April 18, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0093
A Westminster Hall debate on the ‘Russian annexation of Crimea’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 24 April 2019 from 9.30-11.00am. The debate has been initiated by John Howell MP.

Topic: Russia

Regulation of estate agents
Published Thursday, April 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06900
This Commons Library briefing paper provides an outline of the current regulation of estate agents in England and Wales only. The situation is very different in Scotland, where there are different property laws. In Scotland, there is a much earlier legally binding agreement between the buyer and seller of a property.

Topic: Consumers

Debate on a Motion relating to Restrictive Intervention of Children and Young People
Published Thursday, April 18, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0081
On 25 April 2019, there will be a Debate on a Motion relating to Restrictive Intervention of Children and Young People. The debate will take place in the main Commons chamber.

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