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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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Membership of UK political parties
Published Monday, July 22, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05125
As of February 2019, Labour had 512,000 members, compared to the Conservatives, who had 180,000 members, as of July 2019. The SNP had around 125,500 members (August 2018), the Liberal Democrats 107,000 (July 2019), Green Party 48,500 (July 2019), UKIP 29,000 (April 2019) and Plaid Cymru 10,000 (October 2018). Party membership has risen notably since 2013, both in total and as a percentage of the electorate. This briefing paper will be updated as further information on party membership levels becomes available.
State Pensions 2019: FAQs for MPs
Published Friday, July 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7981
This briefing paper looks at some of the FAQs constituents raise with their MPs about pensions.

Topic: Pensions

General debate on reform of the Mental Health Act 1983
Published Friday, July 19, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0193
At 1.30 pm on 25 July 2019 there will be a Westminster Hall debate entitled "General debate on reform of the Mental Health Act 1983". This debate will be led by Neil Coyle MP.
UK trade and investment strategy
Published Friday, July 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8623
This short note has been prepared in advance of the Westminster Hall debate “UK Trade and investment strategy” which will take place on Tuesday 23 July 2019.
Combatting Hepatitis B and C: Elimination by 2030?
Published Friday, July 19, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0097
This briefing has been prepared to mark World Hepatitis Day on 28 July 2019 and contains information on hepatitis B and C globally.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Leadership Elections: Conservative Party
Published Friday, July 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN01366
This House of Commons Library briefing paper sets out the current rules for election of a Conservative Party leader, and the background to their introduction.
Pension Credit - current issues
Published Friday, July 19, 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

The School Day and Year
Published Friday, July 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN07148
The rules and debate relating to the setting of school hours and term times. Do children benefit from a longer school day or year?

Topic: Schools

Public Finances: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02812
Latest data on government net borrowing and net debt.
UK progress in rolling over EU trade agreements
Published Friday, July 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7792
This short note provides a list of EU trade agreements in force.
Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: statistics
Published Friday, July 19, 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.
Changes to support for small scale renewables
Published Friday, July 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8624
In June 2019, the Government announced a new Smart Export Guarantee to support small scale renewable generation. This briefing covers why support is offered, details of previous support under feed-in tariffs, the new policy, and commentary on the change.

Topic: Energy

NHS Dentistry Services
Published Thursday, July 18, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0096
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 25 July 2019 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Baroness Gardner of Parkes (Conservative) that “this House takes note of the availability of National Health Service dentistry services”.
Improving Witness Testimony
Published Thursday, July 18, 2019 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0607
Witness testimony is a written or oral statement given by an individual who has experienced an incident. It is collected during criminal investigations (including through investigative interviews, facial composites and identity parades). However, inaccurate witness testimony (such as the incorrect identification of a suspect) can lead to innocent people being wrongfully convicted. Wrongfully accused or convicted individuals are at risk of discrimination, relationship damage and poor mental health. Wrongful convictions are also costly, with a miscarriage of justice costing up to £1 million in compensation, and cause reputational damage to the police and legal system. Furthermore, the real perpetrators are not caught and may continue to harm society by committing further crime.
Statistics on UK-EU trade
Published Thursday, July 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7851
This note provides some basic statistics on the UK's trade with the EU.
Women in the Criminal Justice System
Published Thursday, July 18, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0095
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 25 July 2019 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Farmer (Conservative) “that this House takes note of the needs of women in the criminal justice system”.
UK Election Statistics: 1918-2019 - A century of elections
Published Thursday, July 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7529
This paper presents an overview of election results since 1918. It provides summary results for all elections from 1918 to 2019, focusing on elections to the House of Commons.
Breathing space for individuals in problem debt
Published Thursday, July 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7934
The Treasury has confirmed that before the end of the year the government will lay before Parliament new regulations to implement a statutory breathing space in early 2021. A statutory debt repayment plan will be developed to a longer timetable. Both interventions are intended to complement the government’s wider work to support consumers who take on problem debt. This Commons briefing paper considers the scheme in detail.
Disclosure and Publication of Confidential Messages from Sir Kim Darroch
Published Thursday, July 18, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0092
This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming question for short debate on the disclosure and publication of confidential messages from Sir Kim Darroch

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