Research briefings

This page provides access to research briefings produced by the House of Commons Library, the House of Lords Library and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). You can filter the research briefings by date, type, or one of 350 topics. Pick your options from the dropdown menus.

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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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Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02820
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
Planning for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects
Published Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06881
Before the 2017 general election the previous Government published a draft Airports National Policy Statement. Find out more about the next steps for this if taken forward and about the national infrastructure planning framework in this briefing paper.

Topic: Planning

Corporate Economic Crime
Published Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7359
This brief outlines the issues involved with corporate economic crime and the measures taken, principally to reduce bribery and corruption..
Shop opening hours and Sunday trading
Published Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05522
This Commons briefing paper sets out the current legal position in respect of shop opening hours. It considers recent attempts to devolve Sunday trading rules to local areas. It also outlines new rights for Sunday shop workers contained in the Enterprise Act 2016.

Topic: Consumers

Part-time undergraduate students in England
Published Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7966
This House of Commons briefing note gives and overview of the current position of part-time undergraduate education in England. It gives an overview of the numbers of part-time students, the decline in part-time students and discusses the reasons for the decline and the impact on the higher education sector.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
Planning Reform Proposals
Published Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06418
A series of wide-ranging planning reforms were announced by the previous Government before the general election in its February 2017 Housing White Paper. The new Government will have the job of deciding if/how to take these forward. This paper sets out what is proposed alongside other reforms contained in legislation and previous consultations.
Manufacturing: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05206
Manufacturing: Data on manufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.
Inflation: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02792
Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.
Inflation: International: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02794
Inflation: International: Harmonised Index of Comsumer Prices data on international inflation rates.
Constituency Casework: Anti-Social Behaviour
Published Monday, June 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7270
Get help with constituency casework: Anti-Social Behaviour. A briefing to assist MPs and their staff in dealing with enquiries from constituents regarding anti-social behaviour.
Migrant workers in agriculture
Published Monday, June 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7987
The agriculture industry warns of post-Brexit labour shortages. This Commons Library briefing looks at the sector's reliance on migrant labour, the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme and the implications of the UK's exit from the EU.
President Trump: the Nuclear Question
Published Monday, June 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7990
In January 2017 newly inaugurated US President, Donald Trump, signed an Executive Order which, among other things, called for a review of US nuclear policy, strategy, capabilities and force posture. That Nuclear Posture Review is due to conclude by the end of 2017. As with many of President Trump's foreign policies, nothing about the outcome is certain.
Bus Services Act 2017
Published Monday, June 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7545
This paper explains the policy background to and contents and purpose of the Bus Services Act 2017. It will be updated as the Act is brought into force and implemented over coming years.
Teacher recruitment and retention in England
Published Monday, June 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7222
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on the recruitment and retention of teachers in England, including Government initiatives to increase teacher supply. The briefing also gives an overview of attempts to reduce teacher workload.

Topics: Schools, Teachers

Household debt: statistics and impact on economy
Published Monday, June 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7584
Latest statistics and forecasts for household debt in the UK and international comparisons. There is also a guide explaining how to understand and interpret household debt statistics and a summary of research looking at its effects on the economy.
The school curriculum in England
Published Monday, June 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06798
This note provides an overview of the curriculum in state-funded schools in England. It also looks at national curriculum assessments - also known as SATs.

Topic: Schools

School funding in England. Current system and proposals for 'fairer school funding'
Published Monday, June 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06702
This Commons Library research briefing provides information about the introduction of a national funding formula for schools in England, which the 2015 Government planned to implement from 2018-19. Department for Education consultations on funding reform closed on 22 March 2017.

Topic: Schools

Regulation of will writers
Published Monday, June 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05683
This Commons Library briefing paper considers arguments for and against statutory regulation of will writing.

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