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Research material

Parliamentary staff produces research publications to assist members of both Houses in understanding legislation, policy and topical issues.

All parliamentary research aims to be politically impartial and contain factual information. Where opinion is given it is presented as part of a range of opinions to ensure balance.

House of Commons Library Research Papers

House of Commons Library staff compile these papers for the benefit of Members of Parliament. They are an occasional series of papers, numbered by year and sequence of publication. They usually deal with topics of current interest, science and technology, statistics or the background and potential effect of Bills before Parliament.
Commons Library Research Papers

Parliamentary and constitutional research

The House of Commons Library organises its research material in this area into the following subjects: central government, constitution, Crown, devolution, elections, Parliament, and political parties.
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Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is an in-house source of independent and balanced analysis of public policy issues related to science and technology. They publish POSTnotes (short briefing notes) and longer reports on biological sciences and health, physical sciences and IT, environment and energy, and science policy.
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House of Lords Library Notes

The House of Lords Library produces briefing papers for the benefit of Members and their personal staff. They are an occasional series of papers covering parliamentary and constitutional issues and Bills before Parliament.
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Parliament and women

News, events and research from the UK Parliament on women’s rights and representation – yesterday and today