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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.
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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.
Coroners' investigations and inquests
Published Thursday, June 2, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03981
The Commons Library has published a briefing paper which deals with coroners' investigations and inquests in England and Wales. The Coroners and Justice Act 2009, which was largely implemented in July 2013, has introduced a new concept of the coroner’s ‘investigation’ into a death. The inquest forms part of the investigation.

Topics: Coroners, Death

Select Committees: evidence and witnesses
Published Thursday, June 2, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06208
This Commons Library briefing paper reviews the power of select committees “to send for persons, papers and records”, that is to obtain oral and written evidence. The Paper considers arguments that have been made to increase select committees’ abilities to enforce these powers without recourse to the House. It reviews the arguments for requiring witnesses to give evidence on oath to select committees.
Support for children and young people with life-shortening conditions
Published Thursday, June 2, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0110
MPs will debate Support for children and young people with life-shortening conditions in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 7 June 2016 at 9.30 am. Stuart Andrew MP will be lead the debate. This House of Commons Library debate pack contains a summary of the issues, relevant reports, press and parliamentary coverage, and links to further reading.
Governance of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Published Thursday, June 2, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0111
A Westminster Hall debate on the Governance of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has been scheduled for Wednesday 8 June 2016 at 2.30 pm. It will be led by Suella Fernandes. This House of Commons Library debate pack contains a summary of the issues, relevant reports, press and parliamentary coverage, and links to further reading.
E-petition 109702 relating to restricting the use of fireworks
Published Thursday, June 2, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0109
An E-petition debate on restricting the use of fireworks has been scheduled for Monday 6 June at 1630hrs in Westminster Hall by the Petitions Committee. The member in charge of the debate is David Mackintosh.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, June 2, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Digital economy: statistics and policy
Published Thursday, June 2, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7610
This paper is about statistics and policy related to the Digital Economy, which includes computer programming, telecommunications, manufacturing, publishing and data processing.
Reforming the Electronic Communications Code
Published Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7203
A House of Commons Library Briefing on attempts to reform the Electronic Communications Code, including the Coalition Government's withdrawn amendment to the Infrastructure Bill in early 2015, and the proposals for reform in the May 2016 Queen's Speech.
Bus Services Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0030
This Lords Library briefing provides an overview of the Bus Services Bill and reaction to it, background to its introduction and a summary of the Bill’s clauses.
Commons Library analysis: Safety in prisons in England and Wales
Published Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7467
Self-inflicted deaths, homicides, self-harm and assaults in prison in England and Wales have risen. The Ministry of Justice is taking action to reduce violence, but concerns remain.

Topic: Prisons

No win, no fee funding arrangements
Published Tuesday, May 31, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7607
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at 'no win, no fee' funding arrangements in the UK. Following the withdrawal of civil legal aid, many litigants are reliant on such arrangements for access to justice. Unable to afford lawyers' fees, they enter into agreements whereby they will not pay their lawyers should they lose but must pay an extra success fee in the event that they are successful.
Challenging coroners' decisions
Published Tuesday, May 31, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN00525
The Commons Library has published a briefing paper which considers how to challenge a decision of a coroner or the outcome of an inquest in England and Wales.

Topics: Coroners, Death

BBC governance and financial accountability
Published Friday, May 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05332
Arrangements for the governance, regulation and financial scrutiny of the BBC look set to change when a new Royal Charter is agreed. This paper examines what is currently in place and what is proposed.

Topic: Broadcasting

Should Fire and Rescue Services have a statutory duty to deal with flooding?
Published Friday, May 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7605
The Fire Brigades Union is campaigning for a statutory duty for firefighters to attend floods. There is an online petition, and the issue has been debated in Parliament. This Briefing Paper sets out the background and the arguments.

Topic: Fire services

Social housing: the end of 'lifetime' tenancies in England?
Published Friday, May 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7173
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on social landlords' discretion not to offer a 'lifetime' tenancy to new tenants after 1 April 2012. The paper goes on to explain provisions contained in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 which will, when in force, provide that local authorities will only be able to offer longer-term tenancies in certain circumstances.
Chairs of House of Commons Select Committee: 2010 - present
Published Friday, May 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN04400
Chairs of House of Commons Select Committees since the 2010 General Election
Infant Mortality and Stillbirth in the UK
Published Friday, May 27, 2016 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0527
A POSTnote which reviews recent data on stillbirth and infant mortality rates in the UK and examines the factors contributing to increased risk. It then looks at the policy options that may help to improve health outcomes for infants and their families.
Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, May 27, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0029
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords’ consideration of the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill [HL].
MPs' Pension Scheme
Published Friday, May 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06283
This note provides an overview of the MPs' Pension Scheme and reforms introduced from May 2015. Further detail on the background can be found in SN 01844 MPs Pension Scheme - background

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