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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 92

Brexit: impact across policy areas
Published Friday, August 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7213
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
Sources of Statistics: Transport
Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03853
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on transport.

Topics: Aviation, Railways, Roads

Regional airports
Published Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN00323
This paper looks at policy affecting airports in the UK, outside London and the South East of England, including the work of the Airports Commission and debates around it, and financial support for lifeline services.

Topic: Aviation

Parliamentary debate 20/4/16: Effect of aircraft noise on local communities
Published Monday, April 18, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0084
This is a short overview of the issues that may be discussed in the debate in Westminster Hall on 20 April 2016 between 9.30 and 11am, Effect of aircraft noise on local communities. The Member who secured the debate is Tom Tugendhat MP (Con., Tonbridge and Malling).

Topics: Aviation, Pollution

Debate pack: Cabin air safety and aerotoxic syndrome
Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0068
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate in Westminster Hall on Thursday 17 March 2016 at 1.30pm on cabin air safety and aerotoxic syndrome. The Members in charge are Jonathan Reynolds, Graham Brady, and Dawn Butler

Topic: Aviation

Civilian Drones
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0013
This House of Lords Library briefing considers the increasing use of civilian drones and the regulations governing their use.
Effect of airport expansion on the Anglian Region
Published Friday, January 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7450
This note provides some background to a Westminster Hall Debate on the 'Effect of airport expansion on the Anglian region'.

Topics: Aviation, Railways, Roads

Independent Aviation Noise Authority
Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7433
This short briefing provides information on the Independent Aviation Noise Authority as proposed by the Airports Commission, what it might do and whether it is going to happen.

Topics: Aviation, Pollution

Overview of military drones used by the UK Armed Forces
Published Friday, September 11, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06493
Remotely Piloted or Unmanned Aircraft, more commonly known as drones, have been described as the most contentious conventional weapons system currently in use. This note provides an overview of their use by the UK armed forces.
Air passenger compensation
Published Monday, July 6, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN00233
This paper explains the compensation rights of airline passengers in the event of denied boarding, delay and cancellation; lost and damaged baggage; and death or bodily injury.
Airports Commission: Final Report
Published Thursday, July 2, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7242
This is a one page guide to the final report of the Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies.

Topic: Aviation

Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) Bill [HL]
Published Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0006
This In Focus briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) Bill [HL] on 19 June 2015.
Trends in Transport
Published Friday, June 5, 2015 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0496
Transport is a key driver of economic growth. It links people to their workplaces and connects businesses. It also affects health, the environment and societal wellbeing. This POSTnote looks at why transport is changing, outlines current trends across and within transport sectors and considers the planning of transport networks.
Transport 2015
Published Thursday, May 14, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7177
This paper provides an overview of the transport commitments given by the main political parties in the run up to the 2015 General Election; a broad summary of transport trends over the course of the 2010 Parliament; and looks at some of the possible transport ‘hot spots’ post-2015, specifically devolution; local bus services; cycling provision; rail franchising; and airport expansion.
Aviation: Mayor of London's proposals for a Thames Estuary airport, 2008-
Published Tuesday, October 7, 2014 | Commons Briefing papers SN06144
This note deals only with the proposals put forward by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson for a new hub airport located on an artificial island in the Thames estuary. For information on the historical background to the idea of building a new airport at or in the Thames estuary, as well as the current proposals for the Isle of Grain site, see SN4920.

Topic: Aviation

Aviation: airport regulation
Published Thursday, June 19, 2014 | Commons Briefing papers SN05333
This note sets out the role of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in regulating UK airports and plans for its reform.

Topic: Aviation

Aviation:proposals for an airport in the Thames estuary, 1945-2014
Published Friday, March 28, 2014 | Commons Briefing papers SN04920
Summary (with chronological list) of attempts to build an airport in the Thames estuary since the 1940s

Topic: Aviation

Military Search and Rescue to end in 2016
Published Thursday, April 25, 2013 | Commons Briefing papers SN06617
The Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy will no longer provide a Search and Rescue Helicopter service in the UK after March 2016. A wholly civilian service run by Bristow Helicopters Ltd and managed by the Department for Transport will provide the Search and Rescue Helicopter capability for the UK.
Transport: winter maintenance
Published Wednesday, December 5, 2012 | Commons Briefing papers SN02874
This note looks at the Quarmby recommendations to improve the resilience of all modes of transport to extreme weather, focusing particularly on the road network. It also explains the duty of highways authorities to ensure that safe passage along the highway is not endangered by snow or ice and looks briefly at issues of salt and grit supplies.

Topics: Aviation, Railways, Roads

UK aviation: airports and capacity: Social Indicators article
Published Friday, October 19, 2012 | Commons Briefing papers SN06442
A summary of key data on the issue of UK airport usage and capacity.

Topic: Aviation

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