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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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Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, January 29, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02802
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Data on interest rates from the UK, eurozone and the US; a summary of the Bank of England’s and international, quantitative easing policy.
Common Financial Services Questions
Published Thursday, January 28, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7262
This Paper looks at a broad range of financial service and financial institution's issues.
Electric vehicles and infrastructure
Published Thursday, January 28, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7480
This paper explains what electric vehicles are and how successive governments have planned for infrastructure to encourage and accommodate their growth. It also sets out the various grant streams that have been allocated for the same purpose.
Library Briefing: Basic Payment Scheme
Published Thursday, January 28, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0026
This briefing has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Thursday 28 January 2016 at 3pm on the Basic Payment Scheme. The Member in charge is James Heappey.
The Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [HL]
Published Thursday, January 28, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7476
This paper provides background and commentary on the Bank of England and Financial Services Bill which has its Second Reading in the House of Commons on 1 February 2016.
English Baccalaureate
Published Thursday, January 28, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06045
The history and purpose of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), and the Government's future plans. The new Government has announced plans for the EBacc to be taken by over 90% of school children in England

Topic: Schools

VAT on sanitary protection
Published Thursday, January 28, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN01128
This note discusses the way sanitary protection is charged VAT.

Topic: Taxation

Special Advisers
Published Thursday, January 28, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03813
This House of Commons Briefing 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.
Recent Developments in Poland
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0010
This House of Lords Library briefing considers recent developments in Poland following the election of the Law and Justice party in the October 2015 Parliamentary elections.
Chairman of Committees: Proposed Changes
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0009
This Lords Library briefing provides information on the recently proposed changes to the post of Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords, put forward by the Leader’s Group on Governance.
The EU referendum campaign
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7486
This House of Commons Library briefing includes information about the secondary legislation required to start the official campaign period before the EU referendum, including regulations to set the date of the referendum, and the duration and start date of the period during which lead campaign organisations are designated. It also includes information on the rules that apply to campaign activity.
Maiden Speeches in the House of Commons since 1918
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN04588
176 Maiden Speeches were made after the 2015 General Election. Stephen Gethins' was the first on 27 May 2015, Heidi Allen's the last on 20 October 2015. The newest MP, Jim McMahon, made his Maiden Speech on 19 January 2016.
Are estate agents regulated?
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06900
This Commons Library briefing paper provides an outline of the current regulation of estate agents in England and Wales only. The situation is very different in Scotland, where there are different property laws. In Scotland, there is a much earlier legally binding agreement between the buyer and seller of a property.

Topic: Consumers

The NHS and a social care commission
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0025
There will be a Backbench Business debate on "The NHS and a social care commission" on Thursday 28 January 2016. This Library debate pack provides a background summary and related parliamentary coverage and reports. The debate was initiated by Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP.
Replacing the UK's Nuclear Deterrent
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7353
After nearly a decade of work on a programme to replace the UK's nuclear deterrent from the early 2030s, a decision on taking that programme forward will be made shortly. The Government is expected to seek the approval of Parliament for this decision. But what are the arguments for and against doing so? How much will it cost? And are there any other alternatives?
Police complaints systems in the UK
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02056
This Briefing Paper gives basic factual information about the police complaints system in England and Wales to assist with constituents’ questions. It also gives brief information on the systems in Scotland and Northern Ireland, mainly for comparative purposes.

Topic: Police

Late Payment of debts
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06640
This note provides a history of the UK's legislation and other initiatives on late payment of debts.
Energy prices
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN04153
The price of domestic gas and electricity has been relatively stable over the past five years after increasing steadily through 2000-2008. There have been some price cuts over the past few years, but these have been smaller than the price rises. So far in 2016 only one of the big six energy companies (E.ON) has announced a cut in in domestic gas bills. The cost of heating oil has fallen over the last three years with particularly large falls in the most recent year. In November 2015 heating oil was 30.2 pence per litre compared to the peak price of 64.5 pence per litre in February 2013.
Enterprise Bill [HL] 2015-16
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7485
This briefing provides an overview of the Enterprise Bill [HL] 2015-16
Overseas voters
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05923
British citizens living overseas are entitled to be registered to vote in UK Parliamentary elections for up to 15 years in the constituency they were registered in before leaving the UK. After the general election the Government indicated that it would bring forward a Votes for Life Bill; this Bill has not yet been introduced but the Government indicated that its provisions would end the 15 year rule. This Briefing Paper provides details of the provisions relating to overseas voters in the Representation of the People Act 1985 and of earlier attempts to change the 15 year rule.

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