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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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High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, August 15, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0106
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill on 4 September 2019.
MPs' changes of party allegiance in the House of Commons since 1979
Published Thursday, August 15, 2019 | 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.
Adult social care: the Government’s ongoing policy review and anticipated Green Paper (England)
Published Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8002
This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the Government’s ongoing review of social care policy, in particular how it is funded by individuals and the public sector in England. The Government said in March 2017 it would publish a consultative Green Paper on this topic, but in July 2019 the Financial Times reported that the new Prime Minister may decide that a White Paper setting out the Government’s new policies should be published instead. A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the bottom of this page.
Prisoners' voting rights: developments since May 2015
Published Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7461
This House of Commons Briefing Paper analyses the debate over the voting rights of prisoners since May 2015, it also includes a concise summary of the main developments before May 2015.
Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
The review of university admissions
Published Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8538
This House of Commons briefing paper discusses the university admissions system and the review of admissions practices which was announced by the Education Secretary on 5 April 2019. The paper focuses on the use of predicted grades for university admissions, the increase in unconditional offers by universities, contextual admissions and issues around a post qualification admissions system.
Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02792
Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Wednesday, August 14, 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.
UK-EU relations after Brexit: an Association Agreement?
Published Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8645
We don't know what the future relationship between the UK and the EU will be. It has been suggested that an Association Agreement might be appropriate because it is a fairly flexible kind of agreement and can include a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area. But an Association Agreement also requires a degree of legislative approximation of the third country with the laws of the EU, and it isn't clear whether the UK Government would find this acceptable. This paper looks at the scope and contents of some existing Association Agreements.
Brexit and financial services
Published Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7628
What does Brexit mean for financial services? This briefing reviews progress and possibilities – from the 2018 Political Declaration to preparations for Brexit with no deal.
Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02797
Data on unemployment in the UK.
Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02796
A summary of the latest data on employment in the UK.
Brexit timeline: events leading to the UK’s exit from the European Union
Published Tuesday, August 13, 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.
The Universal Credit assessment period and earned income
Published Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8501
This Commons Library briefing looks at the problems working Universal Credit claimants can experience because of the assessment period rules, and at the implications of a recent High Court judgment.
Average Earnings: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02795
Average Earnings: Regularly updated data on average weekly earnings, including breakdowns by public and private sectors.
Unemployment - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02800
Unemployment: International Comparisons: Data on harmonised unemployment rates for major international economies.
Youth unemployment statistics
Published Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | 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

People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, July 2019
Published Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8640
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.
No deal Brexit: What happens to farm payments?
Published Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8644
UK farmers receive around €4 billion per year under the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Under any Brexit scenario, the UK will leave the CAP when it leaves the EU. A new policy framework and legislative basis will be needed. Work is in progress to develop this: the four UK nations are developing their own plans for farm support and an Agriculture Bill is currently awaiting further consideration in the Commons. But what happens to farm payments in the event of a no deal Brexit? This briefing sets out the Government's plans to continue to pay farmers after exit day and the legal measures to enable this to happen.

Topic: Agriculture

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