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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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    Topics: Research material can be filtered by subject using the topic terms. The topics are arranged in a taxonomy (a hierarchical classification) and can be further filtered using sub-topics.

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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This Lords Library briefing has been temporarily withdrawn.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.
Public Attitudes Towards the House of Lords and House of Lords Reform
Published Friday, November 11, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-034
This Library Note provides information on public attitudes towards the House of Lords, and reform of the House, using the findings of various opinion polls.
Protection of Freedoms Bill (HL Bill 99 of 2010-12)
Published Thursday, November 3, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-033
This Library Note provides background information in advance of the Protection of Freedoms Bill’s second reading in the House of Lords.
Debate on 3 November: The Creative Industries
Published Friday, October 28, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-032
This Library Note aims to provide background reading for the debate on the importance of the creative industries in the United Kingdom.
Delegated Legislation in the House of Lords since 2000
Published Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-031
This Library Note provides information on the powers, conventions and practice of the House of Lords in dealing with delegated legislation.
Debate on 20 October: Teaching of History in Schools
Published Friday, October 14, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-030
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate on the teaching of history in schools.

Topic: Schools

Health and Social Care Bill (HL Bill 92 of 2010-12)
Published Wednesday, October 5, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-029
This Library Note provides background information in advance of the Health and Social Care Bill’s second reading in the House of Lords.
Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill (HL Bill 91 of 2010-12)
Published Monday, September 19, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-027
The Bill would replace the existing control orders regime with Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures, to restrict the activities of individuals suspected of involvement in terrorism. This Library Note provides background information in advance of the Bill's second reading in the House of Lords.

Topic: Terrorism

Debate on 8 September: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Role of the Commonwealth
Published Thursday, August 25, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-026
This Library Note provides background information for the debate on 8 September 2011 on the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the role of the Commonwealth
House of Lords Reform: Chronology 1900-2010
Published Thursday, July 21, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-025
This Library Note provides a chronology of key developments in the reform of the House of Lords since 1900.
Scotland Bill (HL Bill 79 of 2010-12)
Published Monday, July 11, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-023
This Library Note provides information for the second reading of the Scotland Bill in the House of Lords.

Topic: Devolution

House of Lords Reform Draft Bill (Updated June 2011)
Published Thursday, June 16, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-021
This Library Note considers the Government’s white paper and draft Bill on House of Lords Reform and subsequent reaction.

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