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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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The Cost of Unhealthy Housing to the National Health Service
Published Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0046
There will be a general debate on the cost of unhealthy housing to the NHS on 26 February 2019. The debate will take place in Westminster Hall at 9:30 and will be led by Jim Shannon.
Revised Government spending plans for 2018/19
Published Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8504
This briefing looks at the most recent set of the Government's spending plans, the Supplementary Estimates 2018/19, and provides both a summary of their contents and context to help understand them.
Pre-election period of sensitivity
Published Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05262
Restrictions on the use of public resources are in place during the pre-election period before elections and referendums. The Cabinet Office issues guidance for civil servants on their conduct during this period. Local elections are taking place in most parts of England outside London on 2 May 2019. Local elections will take place in Northern Ireland on the same day.
Antisemitism in modern society
Published Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0042
A general debate on antisemitism in modern society
Street works in England
Published Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8500
This paper sets out the rights of utility companies and others to undertake street works and the powers available to street authorities to manage and mitigate those works.

Topic: Roads

Local road maintenance in England
Published Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8383
This paper describes the governance and funding framework in which local authorities in England maintain and repair the local road network.

Topic: Roads

Average Earnings: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02795
Average Earnings: Regularly updated data on average weekly earnings, including breakdowns by public and private sectors.
European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 4) Bill 2017-19
Published Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8502
Yvette Cooper presented a Private Member's bill, the European Union (No. 4) Bill 2017-19, on Wednesday 13 February 2019. The Bill would create a legal mechanism whereby the House of Commons can instruct the Prime Minister to ask the European Council for an extension to Article 50 in the absence of an approval resolution for an exit deal from the EU.
The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)
Published Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN01917
The HHSRS is a risk based assessment tool which is used by environmental health officers to assess the risk (the likelihood and severity) of a hazard in residential housing to the health and safety of occupants or visitors. The Government announced a review of the HHSRS on 26 October 2018. This paper looks at some reviews and reports into the operation of the HHSRS.
Youth unemployment statistics
Published Tuesday, February 19, 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, January 2019
Published Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8503
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.
Reservoirs of Antimicrobial Resistance
Published Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0595
The widespread use of antimicrobials, particularly antibiotics, has accelerated the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in microbes. A recent report by the Health and Social Care Committee called for AMR to be a ‘top five policy priority’. This POSTnote evaluates the main reservoirs of AMR microbes arising from the use of antimicrobials in both humans and animals.
Productivity: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02791
Latest statistics showing changes in UK productivity and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries.
Recall of Women to Prisons
Published Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0038
A Westminster Hall debate on Recall of Women to Prisons is scheduled for Wednesday 20 February 2019 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Carolyn Harris MP.
NHS Key Statistics: England, February 2019
Published Monday, February 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7281
Summary of NHS demand, performance and capacity of services in England. Covers A&E statistics, waiting lists, ambulance data, delayed discharges, staffing levels including doctors and nurses, and more.
Work of the House of Lords
Published Monday, February 18, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0021
This House of Lords Library Briefing presents historical statistics on the membership, attendance and activities of the House of Lords up until the end of the 2016–17 session (the latest complete session available). The figures presented have been collected by the House of Lords.
Directly-elected mayors
Published Monday, February 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05000
This briefing paper explains the status of directly-elected mayors in English and Welsh local government, and the routes to establishing them, including the use of local referendums. It also includes an up-to-date list of elected mayors and statistics on previous referendums.
Universal Credit and the Severe Disability Premium
Published Monday, February 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8494
This Commons Library briefing looks at how Universal Credit will affect benefit claimants who are, or were, getting the Severe Disability Premium. It covers measures which came into force in January 2019 to prevent people getting SDP from moving onto UC until they can receive transitional protection, and proposed "transitional payments" for those who have already moved to UC and lost SDP.
Labour market statistics: UK regions and countries
Published Monday, February 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7950
This paper gives an overview of labour market statistics across the UK’s regions and countries. The spreadsheet published alongside this paper includes a ‘profile tool’ where you can select a region and see all data for that region presented in tables and charts.

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