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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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Fatal shootings by the police in England and Wales
Published Friday, January 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7449
Some notorious cases have highlighted concerns about whether police in England and Wales “shoot to kill” and whether the systems that might hold the police to account are effective.
Bangladesh: January 2016 update
Published Friday, January 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7452
The Commons Library has published a briefing paper which looks at political and security developments in Bangladesh since the beginning of 2015. The ruling Awami League (AL) seems to be in the ascendancy, while its bitter rival, the Bangladesh National Party (BNP), is in apparent retreat.
Sex and Relationship Education in Schools (England)
Published Friday, January 8, 2016 | 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

Personal, social, health and economic education in schools (England)
Published Friday, January 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7303
This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the rules relating to the provision of personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) in England, as well as introducing the debates about the quality of provision and the subject’s statutory status.

Topic: Schools

Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 8, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
Public sector employment by parliamentary constituency
Published Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05635
This note analyses public sector employment by Parliamentary constituency.
Conventions on the relationship between the House of Commons and House of Lords
Published Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05996
This House of Commons Library briefing paper sets out the conventions on the relationship between the two Houses of Parliament and their origins. On 17 December 2015 Lord Strathclyde published his review of secondary legislation and the primacy of the House of Commons. This briefing paper sets out the background to the review and Lord Strathclyde's recommendations.
Backbench Business Debate: Local Government funding for rural areas
Published Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0005
This material has been complied ahead of the backbench business debate on local government funding for rural areas applied for by Graham Stuart MP.
Vellum: printing record copies of public Acts
Published Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7451
This House of Commons Library Briefing paper provides information about the practice of printing record copies of public Acts on vellum. It includes information on how this practice was established, and on calls for change.

Topic: Parliament

Households in temporary accommodation (England)
Published Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02110
This House of Commons Briefing Paper provides background information on the increase in the number of homeless households placed in temporary accommodation by English local authorities and outlines various initiatives aimed at reducing those numbers.
Financial Services: European aspects
Published Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7435
This Paper brings together recent European Union legislative and regulatory developments in the sphere of financial or corporate regulation. It provides relevant UK context and activity. It also includes a checklist of EU regulations currently being implemented across the EU with links to further information or explanation.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Credit Ratings Agencies Regulation
Published Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05603
This note sets out the development of regulation covering credit ratings agencies since the financial crash of 2008.
Council tax: local referendums
Published Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05682
This briefing note explains the system of referendums on council tax increases in local authorities. It sets out the legislative framework and the thresholds that have been set in previous years.
UK and European sea bass conservation measures
Published Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN00745
Seabass - an important fish species for commercial fishermen and recreational anglers. This note addresses issues around seabass Minnimum Landing Size, stock management and current Government policy, and the emergency conservation measures in 2015/16
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, January 7, 2016 | 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.
Extreme pornography
Published Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05078
It is an offence to possess extreme pornographic images. This category of material includes images realistically depicting rape or other non-consensual penetrative sexual activity, sometimes referred to as “rape pornography”.
Rough sleeping (England)
Published Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02007
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides background information on the problem of rough sleeping and outlines Government policy on this issue.
Polygamy
Published Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05051
This note deals with the recognition of polygamous marriages; immigration issues; social security benefits and pension entitlement.
Criminal Cases Review Commission
Published Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7448
The CCRC was created to prevent a repeat of the notorious miscarriages of justice of the 1970s and 1980s.This Commons briefing paper provides an overview of the commission's approach to applications, its history and of the debate as to whether it is fit for purpose.

Topics: Courts, Criminal law

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