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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.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
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European Union (Approvals) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0071
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the European Union (Approvals) Bill on 25 October 2017.
Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, October 13, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0070
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) Bill [HL] on 27 October 2017

Topics: Employment, Pay, Training

Battle of Passchendaele: Centenary Commemorations
Published Thursday, October 12, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0069
This Lords Library briefing provides information on the Battle of Passchendaele and events held to commemorate it ahead of a debate in the House of Lords on 19 October 2017.
Council Services: Resourcing in Two-Tier Areas
Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0068
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 19 October 2017 in the House of Lords on the resourcing of district council services in two-tier areas.
Availability and Affordability of Housing
Published Monday, October 9, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0067
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in advance of the debate on 12 October 2017 in the House of Lords on the availability and affordability of housing.

Topic: Planning

Globalisation, Technology and Demographic Change and the Future of Work
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0066
This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of globalisation, technology and demography and some of the ways in which they affect work and employment in the UK. It then summarises some relevant public policy proposals and suggests material for further reading.
Data Protection Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0065
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Data Protection Bill [HL] on 10 October 2017.
Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, October 3, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0064
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill on 9 October 2017.
Democratic Political Activity (Funding and Expenditure) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, October 2, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0063
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Democratic Political Activity (Funding and Expenditure) Bill [HL] on 27 October 2017.
Select Committees in the House of Lords: Updated September 2017
Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0062
This House of Lords Library Note considers committees in the House of Lords which deal with public matters.
Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, September 15, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0061
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill [HL] on 27 October 2017.

Topics: Africa, Terrorism

English Baccalaureate and Broadening the Curriculum
Published Monday, September 11, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0060
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on the English Baccalaureate and broadening the curriculum.
Gambling Advertisements: Effect on Children
Published Friday, September 8, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0059
This briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on the effect of gambling advertisements on children.

Topic: Gambling

Private Member's Bills in the House of Lords
Published Thursday, September 7, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0058
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a profile of private member’s bills in the Lords and recent statistics for the number passed each session. It also provides examples of the types of private member’s bill introduced and commentary on the reasons why a Member might table a private member’s bill.
Position Papers and Future Partnership Papers on the UK's Future Relationship with the EU
Published Thursday, September 7, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0057
This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of the position papers, future partnership papers and technical notes published by the Government in connection with the Brexit negotiations with the EU.
House of Lords: Lords Spiritual
Published Monday, September 4, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0056
This House of Lords Library briefing looks at the role of the Lords Spiritual in the House of Lords. The membership of the House of Lords includes 26 Church of England Archbishops and Bishops who sit on an ex officio basis as ‘Lords Spiritual’. Their right to sit and vote in the House having been established by ancient usage and by statute. They currently comprise around 3 percent of the total membership.
Leaving the European Union: Reporting to Parliament on the Progress of Negotiations
Published Tuesday, August 29, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0055
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information on the Government’s plans for reporting to Parliament on the progress of Brexit negotiations in advance of a question for short debate on this subject on 7 September 2017.
Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, August 18, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0054
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill [HL] on 8 September 2017.
Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0053
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill [HL].
House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0052
This House of Lords Library briefing provides briefing material on the House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords.

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