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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.
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Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, July 16, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0083
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill [HL] on 20 July 2018.

Topics: Courts, Human rights

European Union (Information, etc.) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, July 16, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0082
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the European Union (Information, etc.) Bill, scheduled to take place on 20 July 2018.
Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) (Sibling Couples) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, July 13, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0081
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) (Sibling Couples) Bill [HL] on 20 July 2018.
Referendums and Parliamentary Democracy
Published Friday, July 13, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0080
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the 19 July 2018 debate on the impact on parliamentary democracy in the United Kingdom of the use of referendums.
Higher Education Exports
Published Thursday, July 12, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0079
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on the motion scheduled to be moved by Lord Norton of Louth on 19 July 2018 “that this House takes note of the value to the United Kingdom of higher education as an export".
Ivory Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, July 12, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0078
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Ivory Bill in the House of Lords on 17 July 2018.
Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0077
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the Government’s Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords on 16 July 2018.
Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, July 5, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0076
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 11 July 2018.
NHS and Integrated Healthcare Services
Published Friday, June 29, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0075
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 Lord Darzi of Denham (Labour) “that this House takes note of the creation of the National Health Service in 1948, and the case for integration of health, mental health, social and community care to equip the National Health Service for the next 70 years”. It provides a short history of the National Health Service (NHS), and summarises recent debates surrounding the integration of healthcare in England.
Part-time and Continuing Education
Published Thursday, June 28, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0074
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on the motion scheduled to be moved by Baroness Bakewell (Labour) on 5 July 2018 “that this House takes note of part-time and continuing education, and in particular the future of the Open University".
National Health Service: 70th Anniversary
Published Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0073
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides a broad history of the National Health Service since its inauguration on 5 July 1948.
Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0072
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill in the House of Lords on 29 June 2018.

Topics: Employment, Pay

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.
Armed Forces Day: 30 June 2018
Published Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0070
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of Armed Forces Day, which takes place on 30 June 2018.
Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, June 19, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0069
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill in the House of Lords on 29 June 2018.
Armed Forces Reserves
Published Monday, June 18, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0068
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord De Mauley (Conservative) on 21 June 2018 “that this House takes note of the contribution of the armed forces reserves to national security”.

Topic: Armed forces

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commons Consideration of Lords Amendments
Published Friday, June 15, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0067
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of consideration of Commons amendments and reasons in the House of Lords of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, on 18 June 2018.
Support for Carers
Published Thursday, June 14, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0066
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the motion moved by Baroness Redfern (Conservative) on 21 June 2018 “that this House takes note of the support available to carers and the Carers Action Plan 2018–2020: Supporting Carers Today”.
International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict:19 June
Published Thursday, June 14, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0065
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, which takes place annually on 19 June to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence.
Personal Data, Social Media and Election Campaigns
Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0061
This House of Lords Library Briefing was prepared in advance of a debate which was due to take place on 14 June 2018 in the House of Lords. The motion, which was to be moved by Lord Knight of Weymouth (Labour), was that “this House takes note of the use of personal data harvested from social media sites in recent election campaigns and Her Majesty’s Government’s response to this”. This debate is no longer taking place.

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