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Impact of the Trade in Ivory on Endangered Species
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0101
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 21 December 2017 on the following motion moved by Lord Carrington (Conservative) “that this House takes note of the impact of the trade in ivory on endangered species, and of the efforts being made to eliminate that trade while protecting the cultural heritage of antique ivory”.
Life Peerage Creations: Powers of the Crown
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0100
This House of Lords Library Briefing contains a brief history of life peerages, as well as an exploration of appointing Peers outside of the Life Peerages Act 1958.
Global Effects of Climate Change on Health
Published Thursday, December 14, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0099
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 21 December 2017 on the following motion tabled by Baroness Walmsley (Liberal Democrat): "to move that this House takes note of the global effects of climate change on health".
Statistics on the Size and Composition of the House of Lords: December 2017
Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0098
This briefing provides summary data on the size and composition of the House of Lords. The information is taken from the House of Lords registry database and is correct as at 11 December 2017.
Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, December 11, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0097
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill [HL] 2017–19, a private member’s bill introduced by Baroness Hamwee (Liberal Democrat), ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords on 15 December 2017.
Immigration Control (Gross Human Rights Abuses) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, December 11, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0096
This House of Lords Library briefing has been produced in preparation for the second reading of the Immigration Control (Gross Human Rights Abuses) Bill [HL] (HL Bill 17 of 2017–19) on Friday, 15 December 2017, a private member’s bill introduced by Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws (Labour).
Local Government Elections (Referendum) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, December 11, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0095
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the Local Government Elections (Referendum) Bill [HL] 2017–19, a private member’s bill introduced by Lord Balfe (Conservative),ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords on 15 December 2017.
Vulnerable Children: Work of the Children’s Commissioner
Published Friday, December 8, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0094
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 14 December 2017 on the following motion tabled by Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde (Labour): “to move that this House takes note of the report by the Children’s Commissioner for England, On Measuring the Number of Vulnerable Children in England, published in July”.
Bach Commission Report: The Right to Justice
Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0093
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the final report of the Bach Commission on Access to Justice ahead of a debate on this topic scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on Thursday 14 December 2017.
Human Rights Priorities in the Light of Brexit
Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0092
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared for a question for short debate due to take place on 12 December 2017 on the Government’s human rights priorities in light of Brexit.
Importance of Education in Building a Flourishing and Skilled Society
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0091
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared for a debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on the following motion moved by the Archbishop of Canterbury that: “this House takes note of the role of education in building a flourishing and skilled society”.
HM Government’s Plans for Regulation
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0090
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of regulation in the UK, including former and current Government policies, recent debate on deregulation and the potential implications on UK regulation of the UK’s exit from the EU.

Topic: Regulation

Future of UK Trade and Customs Policy
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0089
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been written ahead of the debate in the House of Lords on 5 December 2017 to take note of the future of United Kingdom trade and customs policy in the light of Her Majesty’s Government white papers 'Preparing for our Future UK Trade Policy' (Cm 9470) and 'Customs Bill: Legislating for the UK’s Future Customs' (Cm 9502).
Natural Environment and Animal Welfare
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0088
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been written ahead of the debate in the House of Lords on 7 December 2017, that: “this House takes note of Her Majesty’s Government’s plans to improve the natural environment and animal welfare”.
Impact of Fiscal Policies on Recruitment, Retention and Conditions of NHS Staff
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0087
This House of Lords Library briefing has been written ahead of a debate in the House of Lords on 30 November 2017 on the impact of Her Majesty’s Government’s fiscal policies on the recruitment, retention and conditions of NHS staff.
Gig Economy: Introduction
Published Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0086
This House of Lords Library briefing provides overall information on the demographics and earnings of those participating in the gig economy, on gig economy working practices in each sector, and on the potential effects to be seen in the wider economy.
Creditworthiness Assessment Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, November 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0085
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the Creditworthiness Assessment Bill [HL] 2017-19, a private member's bill introduced by Lord Bird (Crossbench), ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords on 24 November 2017.
Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, November 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0084
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill 2017-19, a private member's bill introduced by Lord Soley (Labour), ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords on 24 November 2017.

Topics: Schools, Students

Size and Capability of the UK’s Armed Forces for Contributing to Global Peace, Stability and Security
Published Friday, November 17, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0083
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 23 November 2017 on the case for maintaining United Kingdom defence forces at a sufficient level to contribute to global peace, stability and security.
Online Gambling: Problem Gamblers and the Multi-Operator Self Exclusion Scheme
Published Thursday, November 16, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0082
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the challenges facing problem gamblers, specifically with respect to online gambling, and of the Multi-Operator Self Exclusion Scheme about to be introduced to help online gamblers ahead of a debate on this topic scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on Thursday 23 November 2017.

Topic: Gambling

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