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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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School admission in England. State-funded mainstream schools
Published Monday, January 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07147
This note provides an overview of how places are allocated at state-funded mainstream schools in England, and how parents apply for places for their children.

Topic: Schools

Constituency casework: schools in England
Published Monday, January 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05396
This House of Commons Library briefing provides an introduction and reference guide to the key schools-related topics often raised with Members by constituents.
Political party funding: sources and regulations
Published Monday, January 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07137
This Commons Library Briefing paper introduces the main sources of funding for political parties and the rules applying to their use.
Health and Safety Statistics
Published Monday, January 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7458
Statistics on Health and Safety in the United Kingdom. Information on fatalities, accidents and illnesses by occupation, industry, region and country. Also includes international comparisons.

Topics: Diseases, Employment

Support for higher education students with discretionary leave to remain
Published Monday, January 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7421
This briefing gives and overview of student support arrangements for students with limited and discretionary leave to remain in the UK and discusses recent policy developments since the Supreme Court judgement in the Tigere case in July 2015. The paper flags up the Department for Business and Skills consultation containing proposals to create a new category of student support eligibility which will apply to students with long term residency in the UK.
Cold Weather Payments for winter 2015/16
Published Monday, January 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7454
Cold Weather Payments are made from the Social Fund to certain recipients of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Pension Credit during periods of very cold weather. To “trigger” the payments, the average temperature at a specified weather station must be recorded as, or forecast to be, 0°C or below for seven consecutive days. The scheme runs from 1 November to 31 March each year.
Fixed Broadband: Policy, Coverage and Speeds
Published Monday, January 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06643
This note sets out the current situation with regard to broadband access and coverage and provides an overview of the Government’s broadband policy for the UK. It focuses on the delivery of broadband targets and funding in England. The devolved administrations have their own delivery programmes.
Market access to port services and financial transparency of ports
Published Monday, January 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7457
This short overview summarises the proposed EU Regulation and the UK response to it.

Topic: Shipping

The UK National Security Council
Published Monday, January 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7456
The Commons Library has published a briefing paper on the UK National Security Council (NSC). Using a Q&A format, the briefing provides basic information about its origins, mandate and operation.
Debate Pack: Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Published Monday, January 11, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0007
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 12 January 2016 at 9.30am on the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. The Member in charge is Nick Herbert.
Reform of support for healthcare students in England
Published Monday, January 11, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7436
This note explains the proposed changes to funding for students on NHS funded courses in England, that lead to professional registration as nurses, midwives, or other allied health professionals as announced in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015. From September 2017 NHS bursaries which provide tuition fee funding, grants and living cost support, will be replaced by funding through the standard student support package of loans. The paper provides background to the proposals, data on nursing and midwifery students and gives reaction to the proposals.
Trade, exports, innovation and productivity
Published Friday, January 8, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0006
This pack has been prepared ahead of the Opposition Day debate on Trade, Exports, Innovation and Productivity to be held in the Commons Chamber on Wednesday 13 January 2016. Debate Packs are collections of parliamentary and other relevant material produced for most non-legislative debates in the Chamber and Westminster Hall, other than half hour adjournment debates.
International Humanitarian Law: a primer
Published Friday, January 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7429
This Commons Library briefing paper is an introductory guide to International Humanitarian Law (IHL).
Productivity in the UK
Published Friday, January 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06492
The briefing provides latest statistics on UK productivity including breakdowns by sector and region/country of the UK. It also explains why productivity is important to growth, the public finances and living standards, analyses whether the stagnation in productivity is temporary or permanent and outlines the Government's productivity plan. International comparisons are also included.
Identity Cards in the UK
Published Friday, January 8, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0002
This Lords Library briefing provides background information ahead of the debate in the House of Lords scheduled for 14 January 2016 on the "potential use of identity documentation in dealing with the challenges of assuring the identity of individuals". It does this through a short chronology of the history of ID cards in the UK over the last century. It then provides more information about two key pieces of legislation: the Identity Cards Act 2006 and the Identity Documentation Act 2010.
Mortgage Credit Directive
Published Friday, January 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7453
This note brings together resources on the Mortgage Credit Directive to be introduced in the UK in 2016
CCTV surveillance by your neighbour
Published Friday, January 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN01803
Constituents sometimes complain to their MPs that a neighbour’s CCTV camera is “intrusive” and ask what the law says. This Paper provides a summary.

Topic: Privacy

Effect of airport expansion on the Anglian Region
Published Friday, January 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7450
This note provides some background to a Westminster Hall Debate on the 'Effect of airport expansion on the Anglian region'.

Topics: Aviation, Railways, Roads

Help to Work: post-Work Programme provision for the long-term unemployed
Published Friday, January 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06904
Since April 2014, unemployed people leaving the Work Programme are required to participate in a new scheme, Help to Work.
The Warm Home Discount Scheme
Published Friday, January 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05956
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the Warm Home Discount scheme (WHD). The scheme started on 1 April 2011 and was originally programmed to end on 31 March 2015. Since then it has been extended twice first until 2015/16 and most recently until 2020/21.

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