Published Friday, August 20, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-019
This House of Lords Library Note provides the text of selected
recent maiden speeches to illustrate the range of styles and
subjects covered by new Members in their first contribution in
the Chamber. It also includes an index of Members’ maiden
speeches in the Lords since 2006.
Defamation. LLN 2010/016
Published Monday, July 5, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-016
This House of Lords Library Note looks at recent issues
surrounding defamation in preparation for the forthcoming
debate on Lord Lester of Herne Hill’s private member’s
Defamation Bill on Friday, 9 July 2010. In particular, this Note
looks at recent developments on defamation, the multiple
publication rule, “libel tourism” and conditional fee agreements.
House of Lords reform 1997–2010: a chronology. LLN 2010/015
Published Monday, June 28, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-015
House of Lords reform 1997–2010: a chronology
This House of Lords Library Note sets out in summary form the principal developments in House of Lords reform under the Labour Government of 1997–2010
Possible implications of House of Lords reform
Published Friday, June 25, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-014
Possible Implications of House of Lords Reform:
The purpose of this House of Lords Library Note is to consider
the possible consequences of House of Lords reform. An
implicit assumption in the Note is that future proposals to reform the Lords will be based on a fully or mainly elected Second Chamber. The major focus of the Note concerns the impact of such reform upon the House itself, its relationship with the House of Commons and Government, but also with the electorate and society more generally.
Wash-Up: Bills Receiving Royal Assent, 1987–2005.
Published Tuesday, March 30, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-011
Wash-Up: Bills Receiving Royal Assent, 1987–2005
The purpose of this Note is to examine the passage of Bills that have received Royal Assent during the wash-up periods that preceded the last five general elections, by illustrating what stage each Bill had reached by the start of the wash-up and how it progressed through its remaining stages.
It also contains a table showing Public Bills currently before
parliament and the stage in the legislative process that each
has reached. The inclusion of this information is not intended to imply any judgement about when the date of the 2010 general election will be announced, merely to summarise the situation at the time of writing.
Crime and Security Bill (HL Bill 45 of 2009–10).
Published Wednesday, March 24, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-010
Crime and Security Bill (HL Bill 45 of 2009–10)
The Crime and Security Bill is wide-ranging. It contains
provisions to reduce the reporting requirements on the police
when they stop and search individuals; to set out a statutory
framework for the retention and destruction of biometric
material, including DNA data; to provide the police with the
power to issue “go” notices to alleged perpetrators of domestic violence; to extend injunctions for gang-related violence to 14-17 year-olds; to require courts to make parenting orders when a young person breaches an ASBO; to introduce a licensing scheme for wheel-clamping businesses; to create a new criminal offence of possessing a mobile phone in prison; to create a new offence of failing to take reasonable precautions to prevent a person under 18 from having unauthorised access to an air weapon; to compensate the victims of overseas terrorism; to enable licensing authorities to restrict the sale of alcohol between 3am and 6am; and to give the police new powers to search a person subject to a control order. The Bill has completed its passage through the House of Commons and is due for a second reading debate in the House of Lords on 29th March 2010.
This House of Lords Library Note focuses on the debates on
the retention and destruction of DNA data on the National DNA
Database. It also gives brief details of the other parts of the Bill that were discussed at report stage in the Commons.