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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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Lord Steel of Aikwood's Private Member's Bills on House of Lords Reform
Published Friday, May 11, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-017
This Library Note provides background information on the Private Member’s Bills introduced by Lord Steel of Aikwood containing proposals to reform the membership of the House of Lords.
House of Lords Appointments Commission
Published Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-016
This Library Note provides background information on the House of Lords Appointments Commission, with emphasis on recent proposals to reform the Commission and proposals to place it on a statutory footing.
Joint Committee Report on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill: Reaction
Published Friday, April 27, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-015
This Library Note outlines the reaction from a range of commentators and organisations to the publication of the report of the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill. It takes as its starting point the publication of the report on 23 April 2012 and does not include any commentary which pre-dates this report.
Bibliography on Lords Reform
Published Thursday, April 26, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-014
This Library Note summarises a selection of the literature published on the subject of Lords reform. It begins with broader material covering the subject as a whole, before focusing on more specific themes, including powers, composition, remuneration, and the relationship between the two Houses.
Sunday Trading (London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) Bill [HL] (HL Bill 139 of 2010–12)
Published Thursday, April 19, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-013
This Library Note provides background information on the Sunday Trading (London Olympic and Paralympic Games) Bill due to have its second reading in the House of Lords on 24 April 2012.
Delegated Legislation in the House of Lords since 2000
Published Tuesday, April 10, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-012
This Library Note provides information on the powers, conventions and practice of the House of Lords in dealing with delegated legislation.
Budget 2012: Reaction
Published Thursday, March 22, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-011
This Library Note summarises reaction to the 2012 Budget Statement from a range of commentators and organisations.
Question for Short Debate on 26 March: Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army
Published Monday, March 19, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-010
This Library Note provides background information on steps to bring to trial Joseph Kony and other leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army.
Work of the House of Lords: Statistics
Published Friday, March 16, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-009
This House of Lords Library Note presents statistics from a variety of sources on the work of the House. Included are figures on membership, attendance, sitting days, length of sittings, non-legislative business, Bills and divisions.
Debate on 16 March: Recent Developments in the Middle East
Published Monday, March 12, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-008
This Library Note provides a brief summary of recent developments in Egypt, Iran, Israel/Palestine, Libya and Syria, as well as a table of statistical information covering the whole of the Middle East and North Africa.

Topic: Middle East

Regional Representation in the House of Lords
Published Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-007
This Library Note provides statistics about the connections members of the House of Lords have with the regions and nations of the United Kingdom.
Debate on 16 February: Recent Developments in the European Union
Published Friday, February 10, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-004
This Library Note considers reaction to recent developments in the EU, ahead of the debate in the House of Lords on 16 February 2012.
The European Union Today
Published Thursday, February 9, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-003
This Lords Library briefing has been temporarily withdrawn. It will be available again shortly.
Question for Short Debate on 8 February: Blockade of Gaza
Published Friday, February 3, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-002
This Library Note provides an overview of the blockade of Gaza by the Government of Israel, including its history, attempts to bypass the blockade and recent developments. It then examines the impact of the blockade on the humanitarian situation in Gaza, and finally the response of the British Government.
Question for Short Debate on 2 February: Human Trafficking
Published Monday, January 23, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-001
This Lords Library Note provides definitions of human trafficking, statistics on its incidence, and an outline of domestic and international policy to combat the problem.
House of Lords: Expense Allowances and Costs
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-018
This House of Lords Library Note looks at the expense allowances that Peers have been able to claim since 1946. In particular, a chronology of key debates and motions is provided, as is a summary table of expense allowances. The second part of this Note provides a series of figures on the cost of the House of Lords since the Life Peerages Act 1958.
Financial Support for Members of the House of Lords
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-039
This Library Note outlines the development of expense allowances payable to members of the House of Lords, and provides statistics on their rates and overall cost.
Debate on 1 December: International Development Policy and the Situation of Dalits
Published Monday, November 28, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-037
This Library Note provides an overview of the situation of Dalits in South Asia and looks at the issue of caste-based discrimination in India. It also examines the Government’s international development policy for India, currently the largest recipient of UK development aid.
House of Lords: Religious Representation
Published Friday, November 25, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-036
This Library Note considers the current role of the Bishops in the House of Lords, and religious representation in the House generally in the context of the Government’s proposals for reform.
Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (HL Bill 109 of 2010–12)
Published Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-035
This Library Note provides background information in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill.

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