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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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Annual Vocational Qualifications Day
Published 08 June 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0003
This is a debate pack for a debate on National Vocational Qualifications Day in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 9 June 2015 at 14:30pm.
Regional and National Economic Indicators
Published 08 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06924
Data summarising the economic situation in the regions and countries of the UK
Health expenditure: Social Indicators page
Published 08 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02640
Health expenditure: Social Indicators page. By Rachael Harker. SN/SG/2640.
Gypsies and travellers: planning provisions
Published 08 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN07005
Gypsies and travellers have thier own specific section of Government planning policy. The Coalition Government made a number of changes to planning policies to enforcement powers and to give greater protection to the green belt. Further changes were proposed by the former Government but we do not yet know whether the new Government will proceed to take them forward. This note sets out these issues in more detail.
Appointing members to select committees
Published 08 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7176
This briefing paper outlines the timetable for the election of chairs and members of select committees. It reports the allocation of chairs between the parties.
European Union (Finance) Bill 2015-16
Published 08 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7223
The Commons Library's briefing note on the European Union (Finance) Bill 2015-16.
The Household Benefit Cap
Published 07 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06294
This briefing explains how the household benefit cap operates and considers evidence of its impact to date. It goes on to consider the Government's proposal to reduce the cap from £26,000 to £23,000 per year and the potential impact of this on claimants.
Trends in Transport
Published 05 June 2015 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0496
Transport is a key driver of economic growth. It links people to their workplaces and connects businesses. It also affects health, the environment and societal wellbeing. This POSTnote looks at why transport is changing, outlines current trends across and within transport sectors and considers the planning of transport networks.
Obesity Treatments
Published 05 June 2015 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0495
A quarter of adults in the UK are clinically obese and therefore at an increased risk of developing chronic diseases. NHS advice is to eat fewer calories and take more exercise to lose weight. Increasingly, drug treatments and surgery are being considered as a means to lose weight for extremely obese people who have had difficulty in adhering to lifestyle changes. This briefing discusses the current methods used to manage and treat obesity.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published 05 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Apprenticeship statistics
Published 05 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06113
This note presents and analyses data on the number of people starting apprenticeships in England and statistics for Parliamentary Constituencies in England.
Interest Rates and the Money Supply: Key Economic Indicators
Published 05 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02802
Interest Rates and Money Supply: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England’s quantitative easing policy; and the latest money supply data for the UK.
GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published 05 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02784
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
Teachers: supply, retention and workload
Published 05 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7222
This briefing paper provides information about the workload, supply and retention of teachers, including some of the issues raised.

Topics: Teachers, Schools

Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published 05 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Do sanctions work?
Published 05 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7221
There are now many analysts who argue that sanctions do work, partly because of their increasingly sophisticated design. However, evidence remains mixed at best. Politicians may be finding them useful for other things than their stated aim of causing 'rogue' countries to choose a different policy
The UK and the EU: reform, renegotiation, withdrawal? A bibliography
Published 05 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7220
The UK will hold a referendum on whether to stay in the European Union by the end of 2017, after the Government has negotiated reforms which will benefit the UK. The Prime Minister is expected to outline these reforms to the European Council in June 2015. This paper provides a reading list of relevant articles on the UK's future in the EU.
Carers' rights and benefits (England)
Published 05 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7219
An overview of rights and benefits afforded to carers in law, covering local authority assessments, employment rights, benefits and protection from discrimination.
Overview of military drones used by the UK Armed Forces
Published 05 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06493
Remotely Piloted or Unmanned Aircraft, more commonly known as drones, have been described as the most contentious conventional weapons system currently in use. This note provides an overview of their use by the UK armed forces.
EU exit: impact in key UK policy areas
Published 04 June 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7213
If the UK left the EU, would UK citizens benefit? This would depend on how the Government filled any policy gaps left by withdrawal. In some areas, the environment, for example, where the UK is bound by other international agreements, much of the content of EU law would probably remain. In others, the government might decide to retain the substance of EU law, or to remove EU obligations from UK statutes. Much would also depend on whether the UK sought to remain in the European Economic Area and therefore continue to have access to the single market, or preferred to go it alone and negotiate bilateral agreements with the EU. This paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers how it might change be if the UK left the EU.

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