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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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Debate Pack: Dog meat trade
Published Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0094
This debate pack has been compiled ahead of the debate on the dog meat trade to be held on Thursday 5 November 2015 in the Commons Chamber. This debate has arisen on a Backbench Business Committee motion. The Member in charge of the debate is Robert Flello. Debate packs are produced quickly after the announcement of parliamentary business. They are intended to provide a summary or overview of the issue being debated and identify relevant briefings and useful documents, including press and parliamentary material. More detailed briefing can be prepared for MPs on request to the Library.
Economic Indicators, November 2015
Published Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7361
Analysis of the latest key UK and international economic indicators.
Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: statistics
Published Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05745
This is a purely statistical note on public sector borrowing (the budget deficit), public sector debt and government debt interest payments.
Social care: Recent changes to the CQC's regulation of adult residential care (care homes)
Published Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7362
The Care Quality Commission has changed how it regulates adult residential care (i.e. care homes), replacing blanket annual inspections of all adult care services with the reintroduction of a “risk-based approach” meaning that poorly-rated services are inspected more frequently (together with some random inspections) under a new inspection framework underpinned by "Fundamental Standards".
Green Investment Bank
Published Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN05977
The Green Investment Bank was set up by the Government to stimulate investment in green technologie. This note includes details of its role and the Governments intention to privatise it.
Short Money
Published Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN01663
This note provides details of the current levels of 'Short money' allocated to opposition parties for parliamentary duties, and a brief history of the scheme. Figures for the corresponding scheme in the House of Lords (Cranborne money) are provided. The note also provides details of allocations made under the representative money scheme.
Railways: HS2 Phase 1
Published Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN00316
This note provides information on Phase 1 of HS2 from London to Bimringham, including the scheme design, Parliamentary scrutiny and compensation arrangements.

Topic: Railways

Dog Meat Trade
Published Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7360
Regulation of care homes
Published Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0093
This page provides background information for the Westminster Hall debate, Regulation of care homes, scheduled for Wednesday 4 November 2015. This debate was initiated by Peter Heaton-Jones MP.
Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN02811
Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.
ISIS/Daesh: the military response in Iraq and Syria
Published Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06995
US-led air strikes against ISIS continue in Iraq and Syria, alongside a training programme to build the capacity of Iraqi security forces. What part does the UK play and is this enough? Should the UK expand its air campaign into Syria?
Debate Pack: Role of the Treasury in supporting UK science
Published Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0092
Support for science
Published Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7237
Public funding for research comes from a mix of devolved (e.g. Higher Education Funding Council for England) and UK (e.g. Research Councils) institutions. Bodies like Innovate UK have a specific focus on industrial research.
Leaseholders in social housing: paying for major works (England)
Published Monday, November 2, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN04553
An explanation of the assistance available to assist long leaseholders of social landlords in paying for major works. In August 2014 the Coalition Government introduced a cap on the amount that can be recovered from these long leaseholders where the work has been carried out with funding from central Government. The cap has been referred to as "Florrie's law."
National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill 2015-16
Published Monday, November 2, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7260
The National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill 2015-16 would prevent any increase in the current rates of Class 1 National Insurance contributions paid by employees and employers for the duration of the 2015-20 Parliament. It would also provide that the Upper Earnings Limit could not exceed the higher rate threshold - the sum of the personal allowance and the basic rate limit - as proposed by the Government in its pre-Budget proposals.
Police and Fire Shared Services
Published Monday, November 2, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0087
A Westminster Hall debate on shared services between police forces and fire services has been scheduled for Tuesday 3 November 2015 at 1430hrs. The member in charge of the debate is Amanda Milling.
Special advisers
Published Monday, November 2, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN03813
This Paper sets out details of roles and responsibilities of special advisers and information about the number of special advisers. It also explains how the role has developed and includes details of some recent incidents involving special advisers.
Corporate Economic Crime
Published Monday, November 2, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7359
A forthcoming backbench business committee debate looks at corporate economic crime. This brief outlines the issues involved and highlights those responsible for prosecuting such crime. It includes links to further reading and resources.
School funding: moving towards a national funding formula
Published Monday, November 2, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06702
This note provides background on the planned introduction of a national funding formula for schools. It gives information on progress made to date.

Topic: Schools

The new 'single tier' State Pension
Published Friday, October 30, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06525
Looks at the new 'single-tier' state pension to be introduced for future pensioners from 6 April 2016

Topic: Pensions

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