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.

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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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Science in the New Parliament, 2010
Published Saturday, May 1, 2010 | POSTbriefs POST-Report-12
After every general election, POST produces a special briefing highlighting some of the main science-based issues that the new Parliament is likely to encounter.
Transport Policy in 2010: a rough guide
Published Friday, March 19, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers RP10-28
This paper gives an overview of transport policy in the UK in 2010. It examines a range of issues related to transport policy, including policy-makers, spending on and sources of funding for transport, the transport policy of the main political parties, and the challenges in formulating transport policy in 2010.
Shipping: EU policy
Published Thursday, February 25, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers SN00055
This note sets out European policy on shipping since the 1980s and the UK Government's views on it.

Topic: Shipping

Shipping: UK policy
Published Tuesday, February 23, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers SN00595
This note gives a brief history of the british merchant fleet and outlines the policies of the Labour Government, including training and employment for seafarers.

Topic: Shipping

Shipping: tonnage tax
Published Monday, February 22, 2010 | Commons Briefing papers SN00603
This note explains what the tonnage tax is and how it works.

Topics: Shipping, Taxation

Harbour authorities for trust ports
Published Tuesday, December 8, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers SN04089
This note sets out the rules on the constitution and management of trust ports.

Topic: Shipping

River basin management plans, December 2008
Published Monday, December 1, 2008 | POSTnotes POST-PN-320
This POSTnote outlines some of the challenges in implementing River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) in the UK to meet Water Framework Directive (WFD) objectives.
Merchant Shipping (Pollution) Bill [HL]
Published Monday, January 23, 2006 | Commons Briefing papers RP06-04

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