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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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Higher education funding in England
Published Friday, January 19, 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?
Commons Library analysis of the Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8107
The Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19 makes provision for nuclear safeguards after the UK leaves Euratom. This Briefing Paper discusses the background to and content of the Bill. The Bill passed Committee stage without amendment on 14 November 2017 and Report Stage begins on 23 January 2018.
Legislating for Brexit: EU decisions
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8205
EU decisions form a large part of EU law but have not been much debated in the context of Brexit. There are different kinds of EU decisions and they are a the main instrument in the EU's foreign policy. This paper looks at the different types of EU decisions and how the EU Withdrawal Bill will deal with them.
Social Care: Impact of NHS Plans and Delivery of Services Over the Winter Period
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0007
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on the impact on front line social care of the Government’s NHS plans and the delivery of services over the winter period ahead of a debate on this topic scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on Thursday 25 January 2018.
Open Skies Agreement (Membership) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0006
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Open Skies Agreement (Membership) Bill [HL] on 26 January 2018.
The collapse of Carillion
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8206
Carillion entered compulsory liquidation on 15 January 2018. This briefing looks at the causes and consequences of Carillion's collapse. It will be updated soon to cover more topics.
Autumn Budget & Finance (No.2) Bill 2017
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0244
The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, presented the Government's first Autumn Budget on 22 November 2017. The Government published the Finance Bill, to implement the tax measures contained in the Budget, on Friday 1 December, and the Bill received a Second Reading on Monday 11 December.
High Speed 2 (HS2) Phase 2a
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07082
This paper summarises Phase 2a of the proposed new high speed rail line between London and the North of England (HS2). It gives a brief overview of the scheme, its costs, compensation arrangements and the Bill which will give statutory and planning authority for the construction of the scheme.

Topic: Railways

Teacher recruitment and retention in England
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7222
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on the recruitment and retention of teachers in England, including Government initiatives to increase teacher supply. The briefing also gives an overview of attempts to reduce teacher workload.

Topics: Schools, Teachers

Women Members of Parliament: Background Paper
Published Thursday, January 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06652
This briefing paper provides a list of all the women who have ever been elected to the House of Commons.
Migration Statistics
Published Thursday, January 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06077
This Commons Library briefing paper is a guide to understanding UK migration statistics. It explains the concepts and methods used in measuring migration and setting out a range of data on migration in the UK and in European Union countries.
House prices (UK): Social Indicators page
Published Thursday, January 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02645
Trends in house prices and affordability in the UK.
Geographical pattern of UK trade
Published Thursday, January 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7593
This note looks at the UK's trade with its main trading partners.
Railway passenger franchises
Published Thursday, January 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01343
This is one of two briefing papers on rail passenger franchising. This paper sets out the terms of the various rail franchises in England, Wales and Scotland. A second paper, CBP 6521, sets out in more detail how franchising works and the franchising policy of successive governments.

Topic: Railways

E-petition 200165 relating to leaving the European Union
Published Thursday, January 18, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0007
This Debate Pack has been prepared for the 'debate on e-petition 200165, relating to leaving the European Union', to be held in Westminster Hall at 4:30pm. The Member opening the debate is Paul Scully MP.
The Ministerial Code and the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests
Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN03750
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the Ministerial Code and the process for investigating breaches of the Code.
Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill 2017-19
Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8035
A briefing on the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill 2017-19.
25-year environment plan
Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8196
The Government published its 25-year plan to improve the environment on 11 January 2018. This briefing paper provides an overview and background to the plan, picks out key themes and commitments, and provides a summary of stakeholder reaction.
Financial Guidance and Claims Bill 2017-19
Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8033
This Paper Outlines the provisions of the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill 2017-19 introduced into the Lords in June 2017.
NHS Key Statistics: England, January 2018
Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7281
Summary of demand, performance and capacity for NHS services in England. Covers areas such as: A&E statistics, waiting lists, ambulance data, delayed discharges, and staffing levels including doctors and nurses.

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