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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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2019 CJEU Judgments in Summary
Published Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8573
This briefing paper summarises a selection of Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) judgments from 2019.
UK co-operation with Tanzania
Published Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0219
A Westminster Hall debate on ‘UK co-operation with Tanzania’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 9 October 2019 from 2.30pm to 4.00pm. The debate has been initiated by Jeremy Lefroy MP.

Topics: Africa, Human rights

Higher education student numbers
Published Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7857
Headline student numbers have increased to new records following a short dip after to the 2012 reforms. There are however ongoing concerns about numbers outside this group where trends have not been so positive, including part-time undergraduates, some postgraduates students, overseas students from some countries, especially India, mature students and some disadvantaged groups. There is also uncertainty about the impact of Brexit on EU student numbers.
The spending of the Ministry of Justice
Published Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0217
This is a debate pack on the spending of the Ministry of Justice, covering prisons, probation, courts, and legal aid as well as overall spending trends.
Food Banks in the UK
Published Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8585
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
The Iran nuclear deal and rising tensions in the Gulf
Published Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8597
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the Iran nuclear agreement (the JCPOA) and recent developments between the US and Iran, following the attack on tankers in the Gulf in June 2019.
Local household waste collection FAQs (England and Wales)
Published Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8672
This briefing aims to answer some of the frequently asked questions that constituents may have about their household waste collections.
Regulation of fireworks
Published Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05704
There are strict rules in place in the UK regulating the sale, possession and use of fireworks. This Commons briefing paper provides an overview of the current legislative provisions regulating the supply and use of fireworks in England & Wales and (in the main) Scotland.

Topic: Consumers

Deprivation in English constituencies, 2019
Published Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7327
This paper looks at relative levels of deprivation across constituencies in England, including which constituencies have become more deprived or less deprived relative to other areas.
Child maintenance: enforcing payment of arrears (GB)
Published Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7774
This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at what steps can be taken by the Child Support Agency (CSA) and the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) when a non-resident parent (also referred to as a “paying parent”) fails to pay child maintenance on time and in full, and that as a consequence arrears build up. A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the foot of this page.
Performance of child maintenance service in recovering payments from absent parents
Published Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0215
On Wednesday 2 October, there will be a Westminster Hall debate at 4.30pm entitled “Performance of child maintenance service in recovering payments from absent parents”, led by Peter Grant. 
Suicide in the UK: Statistics and Prevention Strategies
Published Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0124
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on suicide prevention in the UK to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2019.

Topic: Mental health

Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) England and Wales
Published Monday, September 30, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN00708
This briefing paper sets out the legal framework in England and Wales for controlling standards in HMOs. It considers the powers available to local authorities to carry out enforcement work.
Role of community pharmacies
Published Monday, September 30, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0216
There will be a debate in Westminster Hall at 9.30am on 2 October 2019 on the role of community pharmacies. This debate will be led by Holly Lynch MP. The Commons Library has prepared the following information ahead of this debate.
Plastic waste
Published Monday, September 30, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8515
A House of Commons Library Briefing Paper on plastic waste in the UK, including statistics on plastic waste and information on UK Government and devolved Government plans and ambitions to reduce avoidable plastic waste and examples of voluntary initiatives from the plastics industry, environmental groups and retailers.
Domestic Abuse Bill 2017-19
Published Monday, September 30, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8630
This briefing provides an overview of the Domestic Abuse Bill in advance of its second reading on 2 October 2019.
Adult social care: the Government’s ongoing policy review and anticipated Green Paper (England)
Published Monday, September 30, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8002
This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the Government’s ongoing review of social care policy, in particular how it is funded by individuals and the public sector in England. The May Government said in March 2017 it would publish a consultative Green Paper on this topic, but in July 2019 the Financial Times reported that the new Prime Minister may decide that a White Paper setting out the Government’s new policies should be published instead. A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the bottom of this page.
Prisoners' voting rights: developments since May 2015
Published Monday, September 30, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7461
This House of Commons Briefing Paper analyses the debate over the voting rights of prisoners since May 2015, it also includes a concise summary of the main developments before May 2015.

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