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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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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.
Opposition Day Debate: Universal Credit
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0221
This House of Commons Library debate pack briefing has been prepared in advance of an Opposition Day debate on Universal Credit, which will take place on Wednesday 17th October 2018.
Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
School funding
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0224
There will be a debate entitled "School Funding", led by Mrs Anne Main MP. This will take place on Wednesday 24th October in Westminster Hall, starting at 9.30am.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, September 2018
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8417
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole. The unemployment rate of 4.0% in June-August 2018 was the joint lowest rate since 1975. Despite falling slightly from the last quarter, the employment rate remains at a very high level historically while the inactivity rate remains at a very low level. The growth in average weekly pay excluding bonuses (not adjusting for inflation) was the highest since January 2009. Despite this, after adjusting for inflation, earnings remain below levels seen before the 2008 downturn.
Chairs of Commons select committees since 2010
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04400
House of Commons select committees chairs since the 2010 general election.
Youth unemployment statistics
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05871
This paper presents the latest statistics on youth unemployment in the UK as well as comparisons with other EU countries.

Topic: Unemployment

NHS maximum waiting times and patient choice policies
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7171
House of Commons Library briefing on NHS maximum waiting time standards and patient choice.
Increases in the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7405
Briefing regarding the WASPI campaign and the impact of legislation increasing the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s

Topic: Pensions

Parliamentary debate 17/10/18: East Coast Main Line investment
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0215

Topic: Railways

Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0105
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of the Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill which is due to receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 26 October 2018.
Local government reform in Greater London
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0217
Westminster Hall debate on local government reform in Greater London.
Adult Social Care Funding (England)
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7903
This Commons Library briefing paper examines the key funding pressures facing adult social care services in England and evidence of the impacts of these pressures on social care and health services. The paper explains the additional short-term, ring-fenced funding that has been committed to adult social care between 2016/17 and 2019/20, and outlines concerns about a social care funding gap and financial uncertainty post 2020.
Parliamentary debate 16/10/18: Road safety
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0222

Topic: Roads

Energy Smart Meters
Published Monday, October 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8119
Between now and 2020 more than 50 million new energy ‘smart meters’ are being rolled out to 30 million homes and smaller non-domestic sites in Great Britain.
Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, October 15, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0104
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of the Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill which is due to receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 23 October 2018. The Bill would insert two new offences into the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The offences would cover the practice of ‘upskirting’: taking a photograph up a person’s clothes without their consent.

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