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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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People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, November 2018
Published Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8462
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.
Migration Statistics
Published Tuesday, December 11, 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.
Average Earnings: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02795
Average Earnings: Regularly updated data on average weekly earnings, including breakdowns by public and private sectors.
Fuel poverty
Published Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0276
This pack has been produced ahead of the general debate on Tuesday 11 December 2018 on fuel poverty. It covers fuel poverty statistics and policy for the regions of the UK.
NHS reorganisation
Published Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0271
On 12 December 2018, at 2:30pm, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on NHS reorganisation, sponsored by Faisal Rashid MP.
Tackling the under-supply of housing in England
Published Monday, December 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7671
This briefing paper considers key trends in housing supply in the UK and goes on to focus on some of the key barriers and potential solutions to increasing supply in England. It summarises proposals set out in the Housing White Paper published in February 2017 and has been updated to take account of subsequent developments.
Teacher recruitment and retention in England
Published Monday, December 10, 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

Components of GDP: Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, December 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.
Children: surrogacy – single people and parental orders (UK)
Published Monday, December 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8076
This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers surrogacy and parental orders, in particular the current position for single people who are unable to obtain such an order and the draft remedial order that seeks to address this matter. A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the bottom of this page.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, December 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02783
UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts.
Manufacturing: Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, December 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05206
Manufacturing: Data on manufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.
Brexit questions in national and EU courts
Published Monday, December 10, 2018 | 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.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, December 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data for the sector that incorporates the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, December 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday when the legislatures are in session.
State aid, public ownership and workers rights after the UK leaves the EU
Published Monday, December 10, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0273
There will be a general debate on State aid, public ownership and workers rights after the UK leaves the EU, held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 11 December at 2.30. The debate has been sponsored by Laura Smith MP.
Overseas voters
Published Monday, December 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05923
British citizens living overseas are currently entitled to be registered to vote in UK Parliamentary elections for up to 15 years in the constituency they were registered in before leaving the UK. The Government has committed to end the 15-year limit and introduce 'votes for life'. This Briefing Paper provides details of the provisions relating to overseas voters in the Representation of the People Act 1985 and the proposals for change. It also summarises earlier attempts to change the 15 year rule.
Off-rolling in English schools
Published Monday, December 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8444
This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of the concerns that increasing numbers of children in England are being 'off-rolled' - being excluded or otherwise leaving school for reasons that do not serve their best interests

Topics: Ofsted, Schools

Overseas Electors Bill 2017-19
Published Monday, December 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8223
The Overseas Electors Bill 2017-19 is a Private Member’s Bill to extend the basis on which British citizens outside the UK qualify to participate in Parliamentary elections. It will remove the '15-year rule' which prevents British citizens living overseas from registering to vote if they have lived abroad for more than 15 years.

Topic: Elections

Brexit: Article 50 TEU at the CJEU
Published Monday, December 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8461
Can Article 50 TEU be unilaterally revoked? This briefing paper considers the Advocate General's opinion and the CJEU's judgment in the Wightman case, and what implications the CJEU's judgment has for the United Kingdom.
School meals and nutritional standards (England)
Published Friday, December 7, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04195
The main recent policy developments regarding school meals in England, including the revised school food standards and provision of free school meals.

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