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    • Commons Library Research Papers: in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other major topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Commons Library Standard Notes: 3,000 briefings on topical issues or frequently asked questions.
    • Lords Library Notes: Written by the research section of the House of Lords Library to provide information on topics of current interest to members
    • POSTnotes: Short briefings produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology analysing policy issues that have a basis in science and technology.
    • POST Reports: Occasional major reports produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

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  • Calling in a planning application Published 29 July 2014 | Standard notes SN00930 This note describes the Secretary of State's power to "call-in" a planning application, to determine it himself. Topic: Planning
  • Riot Damages Act Reform Published 28 July 2014 | Standard notes SN06949 Home Office consultation on reform of the Riot Damages Act. This note explains some of the background. Topic: Crime, Financial services
  • Insurance Contract Law Bill Published 28 July 2014 | Standard notes SN06948 New Law Commission proposals to modernise aspects of existing insurance law. Topic: Financial services
  • Stamp prices Published 28 July 2014 | Standard notes SN06296 This note sets out the regulatory framework governing stamp prices used by Royal Mail. It sets out the current position on stamp prices and then includes some comparative and historical information on stamp prices. Topic: Postal services
  • The 0.7% aid target Published 28 July 2014 | Standard notes SN03714 In 2013, the Government achieved the target for the UK to contribute 0.7% of its national income in aid for the first time, when the UK’s total aid expenditure reached £11.4 billion, or 0.72% of national income. This is more than double the aid-to-national-income ratio that was achieved through most of the 1980s and 1990s. The UK has joined a very select group – as well as the UK, only Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Luxembourg and the United Arab Emirates spent more than 0.7% of their national income in aid in 2013. Topic: International development, International economic relations, Public expenditure
  • The Terrorism Act 2000 Proscribed Organisations Published 25 July 2014 | Standard notes SN00815 This note describes the recent history and present status of “proscribed organisations” under anti-terrorism legislation (particularly the Terrorism Act 2000). Topic: Intelligence services, Terrorism
  • Retail sales: economic indicators Published 25 July 2014 | Standard notes SN02818 Retail Sales: Data on the value of retail sales. Topic: Economic situation, Service industries
  • Components of GDP Published 25 July 2014 | Standard notes SN02787 Components of GDP: Data on the components that make up GDP, including household consumption, government spending, investment, net trade and output by sector. Topic: Economic situation
  • Service industries Published 25 July 2014 | Standard notes SN02786 Service industries: Data incorporating the retail sector, the financial sector, the public sector, business administration and cultural activities . Topic: Economic situation, Service industries
  • NATO Summit Wales 2014 Published 25 July 2014 | Standard notes SN06947 The 2014 NATO Summit will be in Newport, Wales, in September. Topic: Afghanistan, Armed forces, Defence policy, NATO, Russia
  • Business and Consumer Confidence Published 25 July 2014 | Standard notes 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. Topic: Consumers, Economic situation, Manufacturing industries
  • Gross Domestic Product Published 25 July 2014 | Standard notes SN02783 UK Gross Domestic Product: Regularly updated data on growth and forecasts. Topic: Economic situation
  • GDP - international comparisons: key economic indicators Published 25 July 2014 | Standard notes SN02784 GDP International Comparisons: Data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies. Topic: Economic situation, International economic relations, World economy
  • Financial Indicators Published 25 July 2014 | Standard notes SN05207 Financial Indicators: Data from FTSE100, as well as oil prices and gold prices. Topic: Economic situation
  • Fixed odds betting terminals Published 25 July 2014 | Standard notes SN06946 Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have proved controversial since their introduction. Much of the ongoing debate focuses on the role, if any, of FOBTs in problem gambling. This note gives an overview of what has been said by some of the main participants in the debate. Topic: Gambling
  • Energy Storage R&D Published 24 July 2014 | Standard notes SN06936 There is a widely held view that electricity storage has a role to play in the future of energy, helping to integrate increasing levels of renewable generation into the UK generation mix Topic: Electricity, Energy, Renewable energy, Research and innovation
  • Childhood Allergy Published 23 July 2014 | POST notes POST PN 467 A briefing which describes the prevalence of allergic disorders in children and the factors which contribute to the development of allergies in infancy and early childhood. It also summarises new developments in research and treatment and gives an overview of current health policy on allergy services. Topic: Children and families, Diseases, Health education and preventive medicine, Health services, Medicine, Science
  • Carbon capture and storage Published 23 July 2014 | Standard notes SN05086 Amended 24 July 2014 Carbon capture and storage (CCS) generation is not yet proven on a large scale, and nor is storage long-term, despite a series of UK Government and EU initiatives aimed at incentivising its development. In March 2013 Peterhead (Aberdeenshire) and the White Rose Project (Yorkshire) were named as the two preferred bidders in the latest UK CCS Commercialisation Programme Competition. Topic: Climate change, Coal, Electricity, Energy
  • Government borrowing, debt and debt interest: historical statistics and forecasts Published 23 July 2014 | Standard notes SN05745 This note provides statistics on government borrowing, debt and debt interest payments. Historical figures and forecasts are shown. The note is purely statistical: there is no analysis. Topic: Economic policy, Economic situation, Public expenditure
  • Election addresses Published 23 July 2014 | Standard notes SN06434 Amended 28 July 2014 This note looks briefly at the current provisions covering the free postage of election addresses and the decision to make the election addresses of the candidates for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in 2012 available on a central website instead of mailing them to households. Turnout at the PCC elections averaged 14.7% across all police areas. Following the death of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands a by-election is to be held on 21 August 2014. The Government has published a draft Order to allow booklets containing the candidates’ election addresses to be delivered to homes in the West Midlands. Topic: Elections, Police

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