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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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Displaying 41-60 out of 7958

Brexit: UK agriculture policy
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8218
Brexit requires the UK to have a new agriculture policy. The UK Government and devolved legislatures have set out proposals for supporting farmers whilst enhancing the environment. This Commons Library briefing has been updated ahead of publication of an Agriculture Bill in order to set out the policy context. The Library will provide distinct briefing on the Bill ahead of its Second Reading.
Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
Sustainability of the nursery sector
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0205
There will be a debate entitled "Sustainability of the nursery sector". This will be led by Chris Green MP and will take place in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 10th October, starting at 9.30am.
High Speed 2 (HS2) Phase 2b and beyond
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8071
This paper provides general information on the proposed 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 development of the Phase 2b scheme to the North of England. It also discusses Northern Powerhouse Rail, which is planned to integrate with HS2 in the North, and the development of high speed rail to and within Scotland.

Topic: Railways

High Speed 2 (HS2) Phase 2a
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07082
This paper provides general information on the proposed 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 would give statutory and planning authority for the construction of Phase 2a of the scheme between the West Midlands and Crewe.

Topic: Railways

High Speed 2 (HS2) Phase 1
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN00316
This paper provides general information on the proposed 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 Act which gives statutory and planning authority for the construction of Phase 1 of the scheme between London and the West Midlands. Construction is planned to begin soon; contracts have been let. The Government is in the process of finding an operator for the first HS2 services on the route.

Topic: Railways

Unemployment - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02800
Unemployment: International Comparisons: Data on harmonised unemployment rates for major international economies.
Master Trust regulation
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7758
Looks at provisions to regulate Master Trusts (a kind of pension scheme used by many employers for auto-enrolment) to be introduced under the Pension Schemes Act 2017.

Topic: Pensions

Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02796
A summary of the latest data on employment in the UK.
Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02797
Data on unemployment in the UK.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, August 2018
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8398
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 May-July 2018 was the joint lowest rate since 1975, while the employment rate remains at a very high level historically and the inactivity rate remains at a very low level. Average weekly pay both including and excluding bonuses grew faster than prices, although the growth in earnings remains relatively weak.
Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
Youth unemployment statistics
Published Tuesday, September 11, 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

Average Earnings: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02795
Average Earnings: Regularly updated data on average weekly earnings, including breakdowns by public and private sectors.
The Salisbury incident
Published Monday, September 10, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0204
A debate on the Salisbury incident has been scheduled for Wednesday 12 September 2018 in the main chamber.
Alcohol taxation and the pub trade
Published Monday, September 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01373
This note looks at the way alcoholic drinks are taxed, the Labour Government's introduction of a 'duty escalator' in 2008, and the concerns in the pub trade at the impact of this policy. It goes on to discuss the Coalition Government decision to remove the duty escalator in two stages in 2013 and 2014, and the current Government's approach to the taxation of alcohol.

Topic: Taxation

Public service pensions - employer contributions
Published Monday, September 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7539
Discusses the impact of decisions announced in Budget 2016 and September 2018 to reduce the SCAPE discount rate used in valuations of unfunded public service pension schemes

Topic: Pensions

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill 2017-19
Published Monday, September 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8332
The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill 2017-19 (HC Bill 219) was published on Wednesday 6 June 2018. Second reading was on Monday 11 June. Committee stage concluded on 10 July. The remaining stages of the Bill are expected to be on 11 September.

Topic: Terrorism

Peace process in Colombia
Published Monday, September 10, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0201
A Westminster Hall debate on the ‘Peace process in Colombia’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 12 September 2018 from 2.30pm to 4.00pm. The debate has been initiated by Chris Bryant MP.

Topic: Latin America

Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, September 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02787
Components of GDP: data on the components that make up GDP, including household consumption, government spending, investment, trade and output by sector.

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