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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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The role of men in preventing violence against women
Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0034
A debate on the role of men in preventing violence against women will be held on Thursday 4 February 2016 at 13.30 in Westminster Hall. The members in charge of the debate are Gavin Newlands, Jess Phillips and Andrew Percy
Under-occupying social housing: Housing Benefit entitlement
Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06272
This House of Commons Briefing Paper provides information on which claimants are affected by the reduction in Housing Benefit when under-occupying a social rented home. The policy is often referred to as 'the removal of the Spare Room Subsidy' or the 'bedroom tax'. The benefit reduction has been in place since 1 April 2013. The paper summarises some of the key legal challenges to the under-occupation deduction from Housing Benefit.
Flood insurance
Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06613
This note outlines issues relating to flood insurance within the UK and the establishment of the Flood Re scheme by the Water Act and subsequent Regulations.
The Zika Virus: Update, February 2016
Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0011
This House of Lords Library briefing examines the recent outbreak of the Zika Virus.
Regional Schools Commissioners
Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7308
This briefing provides information on the role of Regional Schools Commissioners and outlines some of the issues that have been raised since their creation.
Parliamentary sovereignty and EU renegotiation
Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0033
This is a Debate Pack for the debate on 'Parliamentary sovereignty and EU renegotiations' on Thursday 4 February 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.
Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill 2015-16
Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7491
The Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill 2015-16 had its First Reading on 6 July 2015 and is scheduled for its Second Reading on 5 February 2016. The Bill is a Private Members' Bill presented by Christopher Chope. The Bill aims to restrict entitlement to benefits of non-UK Citizens from the EU and EEA.
Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02811
Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.
Junior doctor contracts in England
Published Tuesday, February 2, 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.
Obesity Statistics
Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03336
24% of adults in England are obese. A further 36% are overweight. This briefing provides statistics on the obesity among adults and children in the UK, along with data on prescriptions, surgery, and international comparisons.
Help with energy bills
Published Monday, February 1, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06163
This Commons Library Briefing paper sets out sources of financial and practical help for constituents with domestic energy bills. It links to sources for more information. It also outlines policy developments in this area.
Summer-born children: starting school
Published Monday, February 1, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7272
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the flexibility for parents of summer-born children in England to request for their children to be admitted to school outside of their normal age group, and potential future changes.

Topic: Schools

Conflict in Yemen
Published Monday, February 1, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0032
This is a Debate Pack for the debate on the 'Conflict in Yemen' on Thursday 4 February 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.

Topic: Middle East

Economic Indicators, February 2016
Published Monday, February 1, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7490
Analysis of the latest key UK and international economic indicators.
Individual Electoral Registration
Published Monday, February 1, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06764
This Commons Briefing Paper provides information about the introduction of the new system of electoral registration (IER) in Great Britain and funding both for the transition period and to support a range of initiatives to increase the level of voter registration among under-registered groups, including students. Registration in Northern Ireland has been on an individual basis since 2002.
Debate Pack: Fuel Poverty
Published Monday, February 1, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0029
This Debate Pack has been compiled ahead of the debate on Fuel Poverty to be held on Wednesday 3 February 2016 at 09:30 in Westminster Hall. The Member in charge of the debate is Derek Thomas MP

Topics: Energy, Fuel poverty

Education expenditure: Social Indicators page
Published Monday, February 1, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02631
Trends in spending since the late 1970s and international comparisons. Updated to include spending figures published in Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis 2014 and Education at a Glance 2014
Examination results: Social Indicators page
Published Monday, February 1, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02627
Trends in examination results in England at Key Stage 2, GCSE and A level. Includes 2014 results.
House of Commons Commission (External Members)
Published Monday, February 1, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0030
A motion to appoint two external members to the House of Commons Commission is scheduled to be considered on Tuesday 2 February 2016, in the Chamber.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, February 1, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.

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