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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.
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Commons Library briefing: The Common Travel Area and the special status of Irish nationals in UK law
Published Friday, July 15, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7661
There has been some speculation about how the Common Travel Area between Ireland and the UK and the special status of Irish nationals in UK law might be affected by a UK withdrawal from the EU. A Westminster Hall debate on “Implications of the UK leaving the EU for the UK-Ireland border” is scheduled for 19 July.
Polish Population of the United Kingdom
Published Friday, July 15, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7660
This Commons Library briefing paper is a short statistical portrait of the UK's Polish population. It covers the size, age structure and geographic distribution of the Polish population, and includes statistics on the Polish family structure and employment.

Topic: Immigration

House of Commons sittings in Westminster Hall
Published Friday, July 15, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN03939
This Commons Library briefing paper examines the introduction and development of the House's parallel chamber in Westminster Hall, the main features of Westminster Hall procedures and the changes in procedure and practice which have had effect from the start of the 2015 Parliament.
Household Debt: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 15, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02885
Household debt: Data on the latest household debt statistics, including net lending, mortgage interest rates and insolvencies.
Financial Indicators: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 15, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05207
Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices.
Living Conditions, Health and Wellbeing of Palestinian Children
Published Friday, July 15, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0040
This House of Lords Library briefing has been written in preparation for the debate due to take place in the House of Lords on 21 July 2016 on the living conditions, health and wellbeing of Palestinian children.
Commons Library analysis: Climate change: Ratifying the Paris Agreement
Published Friday, July 15, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7393
The Paris Climate Conference in December 2015 reached agreement, to be implemented in 2020, to keep global increases in temperature well below 2 °C. The UK has signed the Agreement, but when will it be ratified?
Business and Consumer Confidence: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 15, 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.
Wales Bill 2016-17: Committee Stage Report
Published Friday, July 15, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7644
This paper covers the committee stage of the Wales Bill 2016-17 in the House of Commons.
Religious persecution in the Middle East and its effect on the UK
Published Friday, July 15, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7658
Religious persecution has been on the rise in the Middle East.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, July 15, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Support for science
Published Friday, July 15, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7237
Public funding for research comes from a mix of devolved (e.g. Higher Education Funding Council for England) and UK (e.g. Research Councils) institutions. Bodies like Innovate UK have a specific focus on industrial research.
Leader of the House of Lords: Holders of the Post
Published Friday, July 15, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0039
This Lords Library briefing provides background information about the office of Leader of the House of Lords and lists those who have held this position since 1963.
Schools: Parental Decision Making and Access to Pupil Records
Published Friday, July 15, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7657
This briefing paper provides an overview of the rights of parents to receive information about their child’s education, and to participate in decisions about their child’s education.

Topic: Schools

NHS and Social Care Workforce: Implications of Leaving the European Union
Published Friday, July 15, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0039
This Library briefing has been prepared ahead of the forthcoming debate on the implications of the European Union referendum result on the NHS and social care workforce, particularly with regard to ‘safe’ staffing levels. It details statistics on the numbers of citizens from other EU member states currently working in the NHS and social care; examines a range of commentary and reaction to the result of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union and the potential implications for staffing in the NHS; and briefly examines the debate and recent developments on the issue of ‘safe’ staffing levels.
Freezing the student loan repayment threshold
Published Friday, July 15, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7653
In September 2012 the Government made significant changes to the student finance system: tuition fees for full-time undergraduate degrees were raised to £9,000 per year, the loan repayment threshold was raised to £21,000 and a new tiered rate of interest was introduced for student loans. In 2015 the Government issued a consultation on freezing the loan repayment threshold for five years. In November 2015 the Government announced in the Spending Review that it had decided to freeze the repayment threshold for all post-2012 loans until at least April 2021.
Commons Library Analysis: UK Fifth Carbon Budget
Published Thursday, July 14, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7555
The Government has to set the UK Fifth Carbon Budget for 2028-2032 and decide whether to follow the advice from the Committee on Climate Change. The draft Carbon Budget Order 2016 is to be considered by the 3rd Delegated Legislation Committee on 18 July 2016.
Regional Representation in the House of Lords
Published Thursday, July 14, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0038
This House of Lords Library briefing provides an analysis of Members’ registered address locations from the January 2016 expenses data and provides an indicative picture of the regional breakdown of the House of Lords. Data is also provided from August 2013 and September 2011 for comparative purposes.
Women in the House of Commons: Background Paper
Published Thursday, July 14, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN06651
This briefing paper provides information on the number female MPs currently sitting in the House of Commons. It also gives a history of the campaigns to give women the vote and to allow them to stand as candidates for election.
Interest Rates and Monetary Policy: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, July 14, 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.

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