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An early history of British race relations legislation
Published Monday, July 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8360
This Library paper has been written to support the House of Commons ‘artist in residence’ project First Waves: Exploring the impact of race relations legislation in the UK. Scarlett Crawford has been commissioned by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art in the House of Commons to explore the impact of the 1965, 1968 and 1976 Race Relations Acts. This paper provides information on all three of these Acts. It explains their main provisions and looks at how they attempted to address racial discrimination in the UK.
Contracting out of probation services
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06894
This briefing paper charts the implementation of controversial reforms to the probation service. Most offenders are now supervised by Community Rehabilitation Companies, which are primarily led by private companies. A new public sector National Probation Service manages high risk offenders. So what's the verdict so far?
Learning Disability - policies and issues
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07058
House of Commons Library briefing on policies and services for people with a learning disability in England.
Biometric Technologies
Published Friday, June 29, 2018 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0578
Biometric technologies identify individuals based on their distinguishing physical and behavioural attributes, such as fingerprints, face, and voice. Unlike passwords or traditional identity documents, biometric attributes are inherently linked to a person and cannot usually be lost or forgotten, potentially providing greater security and convenience. This briefing focuses on how these technologies work, their applications, and the policy challenges raised by their use.
Age of Criminal Responsibility
Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0577
A POSTnote that discusses the age of criminal responsibility and explores issues arising from international legal standards, the scientific research on children's mental and moral development, and alternative approaches to dealing with children in conflict with the law.
Disability in the UK: Rights and Policy
Published Thursday, June 21, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0071
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Baroness Thomas of Winchester (Liberal Democrat) on 28 June 2018 “that this House takes note of the different challenges facing disabled people in the United Kingdom in 2018”. It provides an overview of the legal framework governing disabled people’s rights in the UK both in domestic law, in the Equality Act 2010, and in international law, in the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. It also examines some possible implications for disabled people of the UK’s exit from the European Union.
UN Committee report on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: debate on the Government's response
Published Thursday, June 14, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0148
There will be a Westminster Hall debate on the Government response to the report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities on 20 June 2018 at 9:30. The debate is will be opened by Rosie Duffield MP. This landing page provides background information in preparation for the debate.
European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Summary of Lords Amendments
Published Friday, May 18, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0056
This House of Lords Library Briefing summarises amendments made to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Lords.
International Day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia
Published Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0122
A debate on the ‘International Day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia’ has been scheduled for Thursday 17 May 2018 in the Main Chamber. The debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee after a representation from Peter Kyle MP and Angela Eagle MP.
European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Lords Report Stage
Published Monday, May 14, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0053
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of third reading in the House of Lords of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, on 16 May 2018. The Briefing summarises amendments made to the Bill at report stage.
Pensions: civil partnerships and same sex marriages
Published Friday, April 27, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN03035
This note looks at the way in which forming a civil partnership affects rights to state, occupational and personal pensions and at the relevant provisions in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013
Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2015–16: House of Lords Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee
Published Friday, April 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0042
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information about the work of the House of Lords Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee; its recommendations; the Government’s response; a summary of the debate held in the House of Lords; and subsequent developments.
Brexit: new guidelines on the framework for future EU-UK relations
Published Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8289
Brexit negotiations have resumed and this third phase will cover issues outstanding from the last phases - the Irish border in particular - and the framework for future EU-UK relations. This paper looks at how the EU and the UK envisage their relationship after Brexit.
Antisemitism
Published Monday, April 16, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0095
General debate on antisemitism
European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Lords Committee Stage
Published Thursday, April 12, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0038
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of report stage in the House of Lords of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which starts on 18 April 2018. It summarises areas of the Bill at which the Government indicated during committee proceedings it would look again.
Brexit: the draft withdrawal agreement
Published Monday, March 26, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8269
The Commission published a draft legal text of the withdrawal agreement in February 2018 and an updated draft on 15 March. On 19 March a third text was published which showed where there is full agreement between the EU and the UK, where there is agreement in principle and where there is no agreement. This paper looks at the recent draft, making reference to earlier drafts where relevant.
Disabled adaptations in leasehold flats and common parts
Published Monday, March 26, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN03133
This Commons Library paper provides an outline of the legal position of long leaseholders in blocks of flats in England and Wales who require adaptations to enable access into and around their homes. The paper also covers issues with securing disabled adaptations in the common parts of residential buildings, such as stairways.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March 2018
Published Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0031
This House of Library Briefing provides background information on the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination which is observed annually on 21 March.
Blue Badges and parking for disabled people in England
Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01360
This paper is chiefly concerned with the Blue Badge scheme; it also includes information on the provision of parking bays and on off-street parking for disabled people. The Blue Badge scheme is a devolved matter so this paper deals largely with England.

Topics: Equality, Roads

International Womens Day 2018 - Women in Parliament and Politics
Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8245
International Women's Day on 8 March is being marked with debates in both the House of Commons and House of Lords. Key statistics on women in Parliament and politics are summarised here and in the linked documents.

Topics: Equality, Parliament

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