Research briefings

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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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The retail industry: statistics and policy
Published Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06186
Key data on the retail sector in the UK. Government policy and pressures facing the industry are also discussed.
Commons Opposition Day debates since 1997
Published Monday, October 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06315
Opposition day debates in the House of Commons since the 1997 General Election - with links to Hansard.
Brexit: trade aspects
Published Monday, October 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7694
This paper looks at possible options for the UK's trading relationships with the EU after Brexit. The paper has been updated to include a new chapter on trade with non-EU countries.
Availability and Affordability of Housing
Published Monday, October 9, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0067
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in advance of the debate on 12 October 2017 in the House of Lords on the availability and affordability of housing.

Topic: Planning

Common Financial Services Questions
Published Monday, October 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7262
This Paper looks at a broad range of financial service and financial institution's issues.
Royal Mail delivery office closures
Published Monday, October 9, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0174
A Westminster Hall debate on Royal Mail delivery office closures is scheduled for Wednesday 11 October. The Member leading the debate is Helen Hayes MP.
Hung parliaments
Published Monday, October 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04951
This paper sets out situations where there has been no overall control in the House of Commons since the beginning of the twentieth century.
Reconfiguration of NHS services (England)
Published Monday, October 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8105
House of Commons Library briefing on reconfiguration of NHS services, including recent policy developments, information on consultation and scrutiny powers, and drivers of major service changes.
Nuclear Weapons - Country Comparisons
Published Monday, October 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7566
There are nine countries in the world that have nuclear weapons. Between them they possess an estimated 15,000 nuclear warheads. This paper is intended as a brief guide to which countries possess nuclear weapons and how they are seeking to either modernise or expand those capabilities. It is also part of a wider Library briefing series on nuclear weapons.
The UK's contribution to the EU budget
Published Monday, October 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7886
This note considers how much the UK contributes to the EU budget and how much it receives back. Potential payments to the EU on or after Brexit - such as the exit bill - are also discussed.
Baby Loss Awareness Week
Published Monday, October 9, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0173
This pack has been produced ahead of the general debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Tuesday 10 October 2017 on Baby Loss Awareness Week.
Statutory Homelessness in England
Published Sunday, October 8, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01164
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides statistics on statutory homelessness in England and explains local authorities' duties to assist homeless households. The paper includes an overview of, and comment on, Government policy in this area.
Mental Health Service Models for Young People
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0563
This POSTnote describes some of the new models of Children and Young People Mental Health Services (CYPMHS) and examines the challenges to their effective implementation.
Brexit: the September negotiations
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8104
What happened at the fourth round of Brexit negotiations from 25 to 28 September 2017? And what did Theresa May say that was so important in her speech in Florence on 22 September? Have discussions progressed sufficiently to move on to a negotiation of the UK's future trade and other relations with the EU? The EU thinks not; the UK is impatient to move on. This is what happened ...
Public sector pay
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8037
This briefing provides an overview of public sector pay policy; the financial implications of the cap and the cost of removing it; trends in public sector pay; and recent debate on the subject.
Globalisation, Technology and Demographic Change and the Future of Work
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0066
This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of globalisation, technology and demography and some of the ways in which they affect work and employment in the UK. It then summarises some relevant public policy proposals and suggests material for further reading.
Lifetime survivors pensions from public service schemes
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07109
Looks at why some survivors of public service pension scheme members lose their survivors pensions if they remarry or cohabit

Topic: Pensions

Effect of the arts on health
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0168
A Westminster Hall debate on the Effect of the Arts on Health is scheduled for Wednesday 11 October 2017 at 4.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Edward Vaizey MP.
Key documents : taxation
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04680
This paper lists some of the most useful documents and sources relating to tax policy.

Topic: Taxation

The Budget and the annual Finance Bill
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00813
This note discusses the way that Parliament scrutinises the Government's proposals for taxation, set out in the annual Budget statement. It looks at how this procedure may be affected by the timing of a General Election, and gives some suggestions for further reading.

Topics: Elections, Taxation

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