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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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Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Troops in Afghanistan: July 2018 update
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8292
Approximately 650 UK armed forces personnel are deployed in Afghanistan in support of NATO's Resolute Support mission. This will rise to 1,100 by early 2019.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Perinatal mental illness
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0178
This House of Commons Library Debate Pack briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate entitled “Perinatal mental illness”. This will be led by Dr Paul Williams MP and Andrew Selous MP, and it will take place in Westminster Hall on Thursday 19th July at 1.30pm.
Neighbourhood Watch
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04161
Neighbourhood Watch was first introduced into Britain in 1982. It works by developing close liaison between households in a neighbourhood and the local police. The schemes are known as either Neighbourhood Watch or Home Watch.

Topic: Crime

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8369
The House will debate the Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy Programme Team’s Delivery Report on 19 July. This briefing note reviews the report and the background to it.
The Troubled Families programme (England)
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7585
This House of Commons Library briefing looks at the design, policy debate, outcomes and results of the Troubled Families programme in England, a targeted family intervention programme run by local authorities.
Brexit reading list: general coverage
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7958
This paper provides links to a selection of analysis and comment on general ‘Brexit’ coverage.
Small Modular Nuclear Reactors
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0580
There is growing UK and international interest in using ‘small modular nuclear reactors’ (SMRs) to generate electricity, and the UK Government announced a number of measures to support SMR development in the 2018 Nuclear Sector Deal. Stakeholders suggest that, compared with conventional nuclear reactors, SMRs could offer cost savings to operators and consumers, more flexible energy production and a greater choice of potential sites. This note examines key aspects of SMR technology, their economics and regulation.
Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02792
Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.
Tobacco Control Plan
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0185
This pack has been produced ahead of the General Debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 19 July 2018 on the Tobacco Control Plan.
Youth unemployment statistics
Published Tuesday, July 17, 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

People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, June 2018
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8366
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 UK employment rate was at a record high of 75.7% in March-May 2018, the inactivity rate was at a joint record low of 21.0% and the unemployment rate was at its joint lowest level since 1975 at 4.2%. Average weekly pay grew slightly faster than prices, both including and excluding bonuses.
Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0084
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Bill on 24 July 2018.
The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0183
A general debate on ‘The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 18 July 2018 in the Main Chamber.
Higher education funding in England
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7973
Higher education underwent fundamental changes to how it was financed in England 2012 and there have been ongoing, albeit smaller, changes since then. How has this affected the balance between the broad sources of funding -the taxpayer and graduate and how has the total funding from al sources for universities changed?
Housing First: tackling homelessness for those with complex needs
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8368
Housing First (HF) is an alternative homelessness intervention strategy, aimed at people with complex needs, particularly rough sleepers. This House of Commons Library paper describes the principles behind Housing First and outlines some of the evidence behind it. The paper also sets out how Housing First has developed in the UK, and what support that it has been offered by the governments of the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Topic: Homelessness

Brexit reading list: economic, business and transport policy issues
Published Monday, July 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.
Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, July 16, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0083
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill [HL] on 20 July 2018.

Topics: Courts, Human rights

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