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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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New-build housing: construction defects - issues and solutions (England)
Published Thursday, August 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7665
This briefing paper considers the existing building control regime and customers’ means of redress when faced with defects in newly built housing. It summarises the findings of the All-Party Parliamentary Group's 2016 inquiry and recommended actions and explains the Government and industry response.
How to apply for a military medal
Published Thursday, August 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7190
Constituents may contact their Member of Parliament seeking advice on military medals. This briefing provides information on eligibility for military medals and how to apply.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, August 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Police service strength
Published Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN00634
This briefing paper explore police service strength data from the Home Office, Scottish Government, and Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Each country receives individual analysis utilising the available data from each police force area and international comparisons where available.

Topic: Police

The High Income Child Benefit Charge
Published Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8631
The High Income Child Benefit Charge provides for Child Benefit to be clawed back through the tax system from families where the highest earner has an income in excess of £50,000 and withdrawn completely at incomes of £60,000 or more.
Statistics on UK trade with the Commonwealth
Published Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8282
This note gives some key statistics on UK-Commonwealth trade.
Financial services: contribution to the UK economy
Published Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06193
Financial services: key statistics on output, jobs, trade and tax in the UK.
Local Elections 2019
Published Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8566
This Commons Library briefing analyses the results of local elections held in England and Northern Ireland on 2 May 2019.

Topic: Elections

Oxbridge 'elitism'
Published Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN00616
Oxford and Cambridge now take around 60% of their new student from state schools and rates have been above 50% for most of the past two decades. Interest in these rates is longstanding, but progress has, over the decades, been quite slow.
Pub Statistics
Published Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8591
This paper provides national and regional figures for the number of public houses and bars in the UK, as well as employment data.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02817
Business and Consumer Confidence: Information on business and consumer confidence surveys, which is generally released ahead of official statistical data and can indicate changes to the economic outlook as well as turning points in the economic cycle.
The status of "retained EU Law"
Published Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8375
As the UK leaves the EU, it is converting most of EU law into a new type of domestic law. "Retained EU law" is created by the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and will come into effect on "exit day" (originally 29 March 2019, now 31 October 2019). But what is this new law, who can change it, and how?
Domestic Abuse Bill 2017-19
Published Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8630
This page provides some useful links relating to the Domestic Abuse Bill 2017-19. It will be updated prior to the Bill's second reading to include the Library's briefing on the Bill.
EU preparations for a no-deal Brexit
Published Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8547
The EU and the other 27 Member States have been preparing for a possible no-deal, or 'disorderly', Brexit. The European Commission has had a no-deal preparedness plan which is now complete, and the EU27 have also been implementing their own preparations which will take effect if the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement at the end of October 2019. This paper looks at the EU preparedness programme and at some of the EU27 measures, particularly in the area of citizens' rights.
Local Growth Deals
Published Monday, July 29, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN07120
This note looks at the creation of the Single Local Growth Fund and the process of allocating Growth Deal funding to Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Obtaining a copy of a will
Published Monday, July 29, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN03194
This Commons Library briefing paper provides information about obtaining a copy of a will. In general, a will is a private document unless and until a grant of probate is issued. Once a grant of probate has been issued, a will becomes a public document and anyone can apply to have a copy.
Obscene Publications Act 1959: 60th Anniversary
Published Monday, July 29, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0103
On 29 July 2019, 60 years will have passed since the Obscene Publications Act 1959 received royal assent. This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on the Act. It also covers developments in the law that were relevant to the then Government’s attempt to ban the publication of D H Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover (R v Penguin Books Ltd 1960). This includes the previous case of R v Hicklin (1858).
UK trade with Ireland
Published Friday, July 26, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8173
Ireland is one of the UK's largest trading partners. This note gives some key statistics on UK-Ireland trade.
Physical education, physical activity and sport in schools
Published Friday, July 26, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06836
This briefing provides information on the provision of physical education and sport in schools, including National Curriculum requirements, funding, the School Games, and regulations relating to school playing fields.
Online Safety Education
Published Friday, July 26, 2019 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0608
Online technologies are an integral part of many children’s lives. In 2017, the Children’s Commissioner for England identified shortcomings in online safety education and a number of stakeholders have called for action to increase ‘digital literacy’ in the UK. Upcoming changes to the curriculum mean that aspects of online safety will be taught in all schools from 2020. This POSTnote gives an overview of how children use the internet and the opportunities and risks it presents. It provides an overview of current online safety teaching in schools and elsewhere and how this will be affected by changes in the curriculum. It also looks at the role of content filtering and age verification technologies to improve online safety.

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