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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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Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, March 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, March 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Investment in regional transport infrastructure
Published Friday, March 1, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0060
A Westminster Hall debate on Investment in regional transport infrastructure is scheduled for Tuesday 5 March 2019. The Member leading the debate is Dan Jarvis MP

Topics: Railways, Roads

Gambling advertising: regulation in Great Britain
Published Friday, March 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7428
This Library briefing paper looks at gambling advertising in Great Britain.

Topic: Gambling

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill 2017-19
Published Friday, March 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8512
Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill 2017-19
Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) (No. 2) Bill 2017-19
Published Friday, March 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8511
The Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) (No. 2) Bill 2017-19
Plastic Bags - The single use carrier bag charge
Published Friday, March 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7241
This Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the single use carrier bag charge in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, examines the legal basis for the charge, the exemptions and what will be done with the proceeds of the charge. It also examines the impact of the charges to date.
Extending the Freedom of Information Act to housing associations and public contractors 
Published Friday, March 1, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0058
A Westminster Hall debate on Extending the Freedom of Information Act to housing associations and public contractors is scheduled for Wednesday 6 March 2019. The Member leading the debate is Andy Slaughter.
Bilateral relations with the Kurdistan region in Iraq
Published Friday, March 1, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0056
A Westminster Hall debate on ‘Bilateral relations with the Kurdistan region in Iraq' has been scheduled for Wednesday 6 March 2019 from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. The debate has been initiated by Jack Lopresti MP.
Children: Swimming and Life-saving Skills
Published Friday, March 1, 2019 | Lords Briefing packs LBP-2019-0019
This Briefing Pack contains a selection of material relevant for the forthcoming question for short debate on improving the swimming and life-saving skills of children provided through schools.

Topic: Schools

List of EU trade agreements
Published Thursday, February 28, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7792
This short note provides a list of EU trade agreements in force.
Relationships and Sex Education in Schools (England)
Published Thursday, February 28, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06103
This House of Commons Library briefing provides an overview of the legislation and guidance currently in place regarding sex and relationship education (SRE) in schools, and also outlines related reviews and proposals in Parliament.

Topic: Schools

Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, February 28, 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.
MPs' changes of party allegiance in the House of Commons since 1979
Published Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02537
This list notes when a Member has changed allegiance from one political party to another or decided to sit as an independent MP. Instances of Members losing or resigning a party whip are also noted.
School funding in England: FAQs
Published Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8419
This briefing paper aims to give a short, non-technical overview of issues around school funding in England and answer frequently-asked questions on this subject. It points readers toward data on school funding and highlights recent commentary.

Topic: Schools

The Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill 2017-19
Published Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8164
The Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill 2017-19 is a Private Member's Bill that seeks to change the Rules for Redistribution of Parliamentary constituencies. This briefing summarises the main changes that the Bill would make if passed.
Afghanistan: any progress?
Published Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8507
In January 2019 the US and the Taliban reached a basic agreement after direct talks, but was it really a breakthrough?

Topics: Asia, Terrorism

School places in England: applications, allocations and appeals
Published Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN07147
This briefing paper provides an overview of how places are allocated at state-funded mainstream schools in England. It covers appeals, and other options for parents and carers unhappy with their child's allocated school. Updated for primary national offer day in April 2019.

Topic: Schools

Constituency casework: schools in Wales
Published Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7904
This House of Commons Library briefing provides an introduction and reference guide to the key schools-related topics often raised with Members by constituents in Wales.

Topic: Schools

Improving the home buying and selling process in England
Published Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06980
This Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the home buying and selling process in England, stakeholder concerns with the current process, and Government proposals to improve the process and make it "quicker, cheaper and less stressful". The paper also provides a comparison with the conveyancing process in Scotland.

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