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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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Leaving the European Union: Status of Gibraltar
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0041
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background on the government, economy and society of Gibraltar, its historical status, and information on recent debates concerning its sovereignty following the result of the 2016 EU referendum.
Fake News
Published Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0040
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on “fake news”. The term “fake news” has become increasingly prominent in recent months. Researchers have reported a sharp growth in its use in the media since November 2016, after being largely in abeyance for many years.
Leaving the European Union: Frontex and UK Border Security Cooperation Within Europe
Published Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0039
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on Frontex and UK border security cooperation within Europe. The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, commonly known as Frontex, is the body responsible for coordinating and improving the border security of the Schengen area.
Dissolution Honours: Peerage Creations 1959-2015
Published Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0038
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on peerage creations announced through dissolution lists at each general election since 1958.
Wash-up: What Happens to Bills before Parliament is Dissolved
Published Friday, April 21, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0037
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information about what happens to public bills before the dissolution of Parliament in the period known as ‘wash-up’.
Scottish Independence Referendum Procedure: Section 30 Orders
Published Thursday, April 6, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0036
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the call for a second Scottish independence referendum and the section 30 order proposed by the Scottish Government as the means to hold one.
World Health Day, 7 April 2017
Published Thursday, April 6, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0035
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on World Health Day, which takes place on Friday 7 April. This year’s theme is ‘Depression: Let’s Talk’.
Devolution in England: Elections for Regional Mayors on 4 May 2017
Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0034
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the forthcoming mayoral elections in six English regions and on recent developments relating to English devolution.
Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, April 3, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0033
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords second reading of the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill scheduled to take place on 6 April 2017.
Farriers (Registration) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, April 3, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0032
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords second reading of the Farriers (Registration) Bill scheduled to take place on 6 April 2017.
Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, April 3, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0031
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords second reading of the Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill scheduled to take place on 6 April 2017.
Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, April 3, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0030
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords second reading of the Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill (HL Bill 115 of 2016–17) on 6 April 2017.
Hereditary By-elections: Results
Published Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0029
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a list of hereditary peers' by-election results since the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, including information on turn out and the number of candidates.
Falklands War: 35 Years Anniversary
Published Monday, March 27, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0028
The Falklands War took place between April and June 1982, following an invasion of the Islands by the Argentine military junta. This briefing has been prepared to mark the 35th anniversary of the Falklands War. It provides background to the British and Argentine Governments' claim to sovereignty over the Islands; a summary of the events of the war; and an overview of recent political developments.
European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 and Parliamentary Approval of the Outcome of Brexit Negotiations
Published Monday, March 27, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0027
This House of Lords Library briefing summarises several attempts (ultimately unsuccessful) made during the passage of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 to introduce amendments to put guarantees in the Act about a parliamentary vote on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 and the Rights of EU Nationals
Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0026
This House of Lords Library briefing summarises several attempts (ultimately unsuccessful) made during the passage of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 to introduce amendments to guarantee that the rights of EU/EEA citizens currently living in the UK would continue after Brexit.
Queen’s Speech: Lords Movers and Seconders
Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0025
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a list of the mover and seconder following each Queen’s Speech for the past 20 years, along with each Member’s party affiliation at the time.
House of Lords: Largest Votes Recorded
Published Thursday, March 16, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0023
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information about the largest votes that have taken place in the House of Lords.
NATO Alliance: Recent Developments
Published Thursday, March 16, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0024
This House of Lords Library briefing outlines recent NATO policy, including the increase in the deployment of forces in Eastern Europe since 2014. It also summarises recent comment on NATO preparedness in the face of external threats and the risk of fragmentation within the alliance.
Lords Public Bill Stages: "That This Bill Do Now Pass"
Published Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0006
This Lords Library briefing provides examples in the House of Lords of where an amendment to the motion “that this bill do now pass” has been tabled and/or moved.

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