Research briefings

This page provides access to research briefings produced by the House of Commons Library, the House of Lords Library and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). You can filter the research briefings by date, type, or one of 350 topics. Pick your options from the dropdown menus. The publication of all research briefings is suspended during the pre-election period. Publication will resume on 13 December.

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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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    Topics: Research material can be filtered by subject using the topic terms. The topics are arranged in a taxonomy (a hierarchical classification) and can be further filtered using sub-topics.

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Inheriting pension rights
Published Monday, November 4, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8635
This note is an overview of the development of the different arrangements for inheriting pension rights in State and private pension schemes.
Pensions of ministers and senior office holders
Published Monday, November 4, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN04586
This note looks at developments in the pension arrangements for ministers and senior office holders
Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: statistics
Published Sunday, November 3, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05745
This is a purely statistical note on public sector borrowing (the budget deficit), public sector debt and government debt interest payments.
Standing at football
Published Sunday, November 3, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN03937
This briefing paper looks at calls for the introduction of safe standing at football grounds in the English Premier League and Championship.
Airline Insolvency Review
Published Friday, November 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8722
This Commons briefing paper provides a summary of the background to the Airline Insolvency Review and its key recommendations.

Topics: Aviation, Insolvency

Under-occupying social housing: Housing Benefit entitlement
Published Friday, November 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06272
This Briefing Paper provides information on which claimants are affected by the reduction in Housing Benefit/housing element of Universal Credit when under-occupying a social rented home. The policy is often referred to as 'the removal of the Spare Room Subsidy' or the 'bedroom tax'. The benefit reduction has been in place since 1 April 2013. The paper has been updated to include some of the more recent legal challenges to the under-occupation deduction.
Fuel Poverty
Published Friday, November 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8730
This Library briefing note summarises the levels of fuel poverty across the UK, policies to address fuel poverty, and stakeholder comment on the issue.
Prevention of retail crime
Published Friday, November 1, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0087
A Westminster Hall debate on the prevention of retail crime has been scheduled for Tuesday 5 November 2019 at 9.30 am. The Member leading the debate is David Hanson MP.

Topic: Crime

Political advertising
Published Friday, November 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8673
This House of Commons briefing paper provides an overview of the current regulation of political advertising in the UK.

Topics: Consumers, Elections

Free TV licences for the over-75s
Published Friday, November 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN04955
This Library Briefing Paper looks at the future of free TV licences for the over-75s

Topic: Broadcasting

Statistics on UK-EU trade
Published Friday, November 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7851
This note provides some basic statistics on the UK's trade with the EU.
Children’s Rights in 2019
Published Friday, November 1, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0148
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on children’s rights to mark Universal Children’s Day on 20 November 2019.
General election timetable 2019
Published Friday, November 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8728
This briefing paper outlines the statutory timetable for the December 2019 parliamentary general election.
2019 CJEU Judgments in Summary
Published Friday, November 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8573
This briefing paper summarises a selection of Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) judgments from 2019.
General licences for controlling wild birds
Published Friday, November 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8727
This paper provides an overview of the general licence system for controlling wild birds in England, following media attention given to the revocation of three licences in April 2019.
Brexit questions in national and EU courts
Published Friday, November 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8415
It has been predicted that Brexit issues will give rise to many legal actions in UK and other Member States' courts, and the Court of Justice of the EU. While there have not yet been a great many, several cases have been brought by UK citizens living in other EU Member States, while other cases have been interesting for their implications for the UK's future relations with the EU. This paper looks at issues that have been the subject of legal action in UK and EU courts.
Economic Indicators, October 2019
Published Thursday, October 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8726
Analysis of the latest UK and international economic indicators
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, October 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
The Birmingham Commonwealth Games [HL] Bill 2019-20
Published Thursday, October 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8668
This Library Paper has been published for the second reading of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill [HL] 2019-20.
Parliament and the three extensions of Article 50
Published Thursday, October 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8725
This paper explains the legal and political background to the three extensions of the UK’s EU-exit process under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU). It sets out the UK Parliament’s role in the seeking and agreeing to those extension decisions of the European Council.

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