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Debate on 20 January: Constitutional and Parliamentary Effect of Coalition Government
Published Monday, January 17, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-002
This Library Note aims to provide background reading for the debate on 20 January 2011: "To call attention to the constitutional and parliamentary effect of Coalition Government".
Debate on 13 January: Economic and Strategic Role of Turkey
Published Friday, January 7, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-001
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate on the economic and strategic role of Turkey in Europe and the Middle East.
Debate on 16 December 2010: Deepwater Horizon and its implications. LLN 2010/030
Published Monday, December 13, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-030
Debate on 16 December 2010: Deepwater Horizon and its implications. House of Lords Library Note 2010/030
Debate on 2nd December 2010: philanthropy. LLN 2010/029
Published Friday, November 26, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-029
Debate on 2nd December 2010: philanthropy. House of Lords Library Note 2010/029
Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill (HL Bill 26 of 2010-11). LLN 2010/028
Published Tuesday, November 9, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-028
Parliamentary Voting System and Constitutencies Bill. House of Lords Library Note 2010/028
Public Bodies Bill (HL Bill 25 of 2010-11). LLN 2010/027
Published Thursday, November 4, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-027
Public Bodies Bill. House of Lords Library Note 2010/027
Debate on 1st November 2010: Spending Review 2010. LLN 2010/026
Published Thursday, October 28, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-026
Debate on 1st November 2010: Spending Review. House of Lords Library Note 2010/026
Superannuation Bill (HL Bill 22 of session 2010-11). LLN 2010/025
Published Thursday, October 21, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-025
Superannuation Bill. House of Lords Library Note 2010/025

Topic: Pensions

Debate on 21st October 2010: immigration. LLN 2010/023
Published Friday, October 15, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-023
Debate on 21st October 2010: immigration. House of Lords Library Note 2010/023
Identity Documents Bill (HL Bill 19 of 2010-11). LLN 2010/024
Published Thursday, October 14, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-024
Identity Documents Bill. House of Lords Library Note 2010/024
Debate on 14 October 2010: Human trafficking. LLN 2010/022
Published Friday, October 8, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-022
Debate on 14 October 2010: Human trafficking. House of Lords Library Note 2010/022

Topic: Crime

Debate on 7 October 2010: the Prince's Countryside Fund and support for rural communities. LLN 2010/021
Published Tuesday, October 5, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-021
Debate on 7 October 2010: the Prince's Countryside Fund and support for rural communities. House of Lords Library Note 2010/021
Debate on 5 October 2010: The charitable sector and civil society. LLN 2010/020
Published Friday, October 1, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-020
Debate on 5 October 2010: The charitable sector and civil society. House of Lords Library Note 2010/020

Topic: Charities

Maiden Speeches LLN 2010/019
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
Defamation 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 LLN 2010/014
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. LLN 2010/011
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). LLN 2010/010
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.
House of Lords Reform since 1997: a chronology (updated March 2010). LLN 2010/009
Published Friday, March 19, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-009
House of Lords Reform Since 1997: a chronology (updated March 2010) This House of Lords Library Note sets out in summary form the principal developments in House of Lords reform since the 1997 General Election.

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