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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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Regional and local economic growth statistics
Published Wednesday, January 6, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05795
Statistics on the size of regional/country and local economies, recent economic growth in these areas, their contribution to total UK economic output, and comparisons of their living standards.
Children in care
Published Wednesday, January 6, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0002
There will be a Backbench Business Committee debate entitled, Children in care, in the Commons chamber on Thursday 7 January 2016, to be opened by Lucy Allan MP. This debate pack contains a background brief, press and parliamentary coverage and further reading.
The register of consultant lobbyists
Published Wednesday, January 6, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7175
This House of Commons Library research briefing explains how the system for registration of consultant lobbyists works in practice. The first Register of Consultant Lobbyists was published in March 2015.
Apprenticeship statistics for England: 1996-2015
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | 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 from 1996 to 2015.
Regulation of Investigatory Powers: Codes of Practice
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7443
New draft codes of practice providing guidance on equipment interference and the interception of communications were published in November 2015. They relate to the investigatory powers of law enforcement agencies and the intelligence and security agencies provided for by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and the and Intelligence Services Act 1994.
Universal Credit changes from April 2016
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7446
Universal Credit (UC) is a new benefit which is to replace means-tested social security benefits and tax credits for working-age claimants by 2021. UC work allowances, the maximum a claimant can earn before their award is withdrawn, will be reduced from April 2016. Limits to support for new claimants will also apply from April 2017. This paper provides an introduction to Universal Credit and analyses the impact of these proposed changes.
Competition in energy markets in Great Britain
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7243
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the history of political and regulatory intervention designed to increase the competiveness of domestic energy markets in Great Britain. The Paper sets out the timetable for the Energy Market Investigation and summarises the provisional findings that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published. The paper also summarises the main actions that Ofgem has undertaken in the past to tackle the level and complexity of tariffs.
Food security
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0003
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on Food Security to be held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 6 January 2016 at 2.30pm. The Member in charge is Derek Thomas.

Topics: Agriculture, Food

Delegated Legislation in the House of Lords since 1997
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0001
This Lords Library briefing provides an overview of delegated legislation in the House of Lords since 1997.
Reform of the Disabled Students’ Allowance in England
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7444
This briefing gives details of the new Disabled Students' Allowances which were announced on 2 December 2015, the changes will come into effect in 2016/17. The changes aim to improve value for money and rebalance the distribution of responsibility for disabled students between HEIs and the Government. The briefing gives details of the new system, highlights issues and contains comment, it follows on from library briefing paper SN/SP/6013, Changes to the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), 14 October 2014.
Junior doctor contracts in England
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7314
This Commons Library briefing provides background information on plans for the introduction of a new contract for doctors in training (junior doctors) in England, including a summary of the proposed changes, and an update on the current state of negotiations between NHS Employers and the BMA. The briefing also provides some brief information on the delivery of seven day services and proposed changes to the consultant contract.
Trends in the Environment
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0516
Human activities interact with natural systems in complex ways; they can cause long-term damage to systems humans are dependent on. This POSTnote summarises a range of such pressures on the environment. It also identifies a number of trends and their effects on the UK.
Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02797
Unemployment - national: data on International Labour Organisation unemployment, the headline measure of unemployment in the UK.

Topic: Unemployment

Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02796
Employment: data on employment in the UK.
Average Earnings: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02795
Average Earnings: Regularly updated data on average weekly earnings, including breakdowns by public and private sectors.
Green Belt
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN00934
Government's policy on the green belt protection is set out in the National Planning Policy Framework and associated guidance. This note sets out further information on thes size of the green belt alongside recent and proposed policy changes in England.
Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02811
Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.
GCSE, AS and A Level reform
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06962
This House of Commons Library briefing provides an overview of the extensive reforms to GCSE, AS and A level qualifications undertaken by the Coalition and Conservative Governments.

Topic: Schools

Applicants and entrants to higher education: Social Indicators page
Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02629
Brief snapshot of changes in applications and entrants to HE via UCAS
Market Abuse Directive/Regulation
Published Monday, January 4, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03271
This note outlines the introduction and purpose of the Market Abuse Directive and Regulation which has as its aim the prevention of insider dealing and the misuse of financially sensitive market information in the financial markets.

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