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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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E-petition 125692 relating to foreign aid spending
Published Tuesday, June 7, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0115
An e-petition debate relating to foreign aid spending has been scheduled for Monday 13 June at 4.30pm in Westminster Hall by the Petitions Committee. The debate will be led by Steve Double MP.
Human rights and the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia
Published Monday, June 6, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0117
This is a selection of relevant material for the Westminster Hall debate on Wednesday 8 June 2016, between 9:30am and 11:00am. The Member who secured the debate is Margaret Ferrier MP (Scottish National Party, Rutherglen and Hamilton West).
Contracting out of probation services: 2013-2016
Published Monday, June 6, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06894
This briefing paper charts the implementation controversial reforms to the probation service. Most offenders are now supervised by Community Rehabilitation Companies, which are mostly privately led. A new public sector National Probation Service manages high risk offenders. So what's the verdict so far?
HPV vaccinations for men who have sex with men
Published Monday, June 6, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0112
This debate pack has been prepared ahead of the debate in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 7 June 2016 at 4.30pm on HPV vaccinations for men who have sex with men. The Member in charge is Mike Freer.
Impeachment
Published Monday, June 6, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7612
Impeachment was a means by which Parliament could prosecute and try individuals, normally holders of public office, for high treason or other crimes and misdemeanours. Impeachment is considered obsolete, as it has been superseded by other forms of accountability, and the rules underpinning the procedure have not been adapted to modern standards of democracy or procedural fairness
Renters' Rights Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, June 6, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0032
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Renters' Rights Bill in the House of Lords on Friday 10 June 2016.
Register of Arms Brokers Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, June 6, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0031
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Register of Arms Brokers Bill in the House of Lords on Friday 10 June 2016.
Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, June 6, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0030
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill in the House of Lords on Friday 10 June 2016.
Age discrimination and the National Living Wage
Published Monday, June 6, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0116
Holly Lynch MP secured a Westminster Hall debate on ‘Age discrimination and the National Living Wage’. The debate will take place on 8 June 2016, at 16:30.
Diabetes-related complications
Published Monday, June 6, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0113
This debate pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on Diabetes-related complications, to be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 7 June 2016 at 2.30-4pm. The Member in charge of this debate is Paula Sherriff.
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Monday, June 6, 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.
Marine Microplastic Pollution
Published Sunday, June 5, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0528
Plastic pollution is accumulating rapidly in the world’s oceans. The potential effects of microplastics on the environment and human health are an area of active research. This POSTnote summarises their sources and spread, the evidence that they present a risk and possible strategies to reduce plastic pollution.
Carry-over of public bills
Published Friday, June 3, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03236
The carry-over of public bills from one session to the next was suggested by the Modernisation Committee as a way of reducing the fluctuations in legislative activity caused by Parliamentary sessions. After briefly summarising the Modernisation Committee’s views, this House of Commons Library briefing paper describes the different approaches to allowing bills to be carried forward in this way in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The note also reports the use of carry-over motions and provides examples of the form of words used in carry-over motions.
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, June 3, 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.
Service industries: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, June 3, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02786
Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, June 3, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Prisoners' Release on Temporary Licence: recent controversies and reform proposals
Published Friday, June 3, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06878
The Government is proposing major reforms to the prison system in England and Wales. Giving governors more discretion over the use of Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL) is likely to be amongst them. This Briefing Paper focuses mainly on England and Wales, but it also briefly considers the schemes which operate in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Topic: Prisons

Exchange rates: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, June 3, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02811
Exchange rates: Data on the value of the pound relative to other major international currencies.
Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, June 3, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Investigatory Powers Bill: Committee Stage Report
Published Thursday, June 2, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7578
The Investigatory Powers Bill was introduced on 1 March 2016 and received its second reading on 15 March.There were sixteen sittings of the Public Bill Committee, including two evidence sessions. The Bill is due to have its report stage on 6 June 2016.

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