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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.
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Displaying 21-40 out of 167

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0022
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill ahead of its scheduled second reading in the House of Lords on 10 March 2017.
Political Parties (Funding and Expenditure) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0021
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords second reading of the Political Parties (Funding and Expenditure) Bill [HL] on 10 March 2017.
International Women's Day 2017
Published Thursday, March 2, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0020
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background reading ahead of the debate to mark International Women’s Day scheduled to take place on Thursday 9 March 2017.
Assisted Dying Legislation: North America and England and Wales
Published Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0019
This House of Lords Library briefing sets out the law in Canada and selected states in the United States ahead of the question for short debate on 6 March 2017 on whether recent legislative changes on assisted dying in North America provide an appropriate basis for legislation in England and Wales. It also provides an overview of the law as it currently stands in England and Wales, as well as a brief legal history of the changes and attempts to change it.
Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0018
This Lords Library briefing provides a short overview of the Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill (HL Bill 99 of 2016–17), its key provisions, and a summary of its passage through the House of Commons in advance of the Bill's second reading in the House of Lords on Friday 24 February 2017.

Topic: Broadcasting

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, February 20, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0017
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background reading in advance of the second reading of the Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill in the House of Lords on Friday 24 February 2017.
Homelessness Reduction Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, February 13, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0016
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background reading in advance of the second reading of the Homelessness Reduction Bill in the House of Lords on Friday 24 February 2017.

Topic: Homelessness

Politically Exposed Persons: Current Regime and Reforms
Published Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0015
This House of Lords Library briefing outlines the current anti-money regulations in regards to Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs), and proposed reforms.
European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Summary of Commons Second Reading Debate
Published Friday, February 3, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0013
This House of Lords Library briefing summarises the second reading proceedings in the House of Commons on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill that took place on 31 January and 1 February 2017.
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February 2017
Published Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0012
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides background information on the United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.
World Cancer Day, 4 February 2017
Published Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0011
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on World Cancer Day, marked on 4 February each year, and recent estimates of the incidence of cancer both globally and in England.
House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0010
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the House of Lords Reform Bill [HL].
Child Contact Centres (Accreditation) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, January 30, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0009
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Child Contact Centres (Accreditation) Bill [HL] on 3 February 2017.

Topic: Family law

Regulation of Health and Social Care Professions Etc Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, January 30, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0008
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Regulation of Health and Social Care Professions Etc Bill [HL] 2016-17 on 3 February 2017.
European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill
Published Monday, January 30, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0007
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill which was introduced in the House of Commons on 26 January 2017, following the Supreme Court judgment that legislation was required to authorise the triggering of Article 50.
Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, January 24, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0005
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) Bill [HL] on 27 January 2017.
Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, January 24, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0004
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL] on Friday 27 January 2017.

Topic: Divorce

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, January 24, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0003
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL] on 27 January 2017.
European Union in 2017: Background Information
Published Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0002
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information about EU member states, identifies key election dates in member states in 2017, when the European Council is due to meet, and lists the individuals who are current members of the European Council.
Publishing Statistics on the Time Spent on Parliamentary Proceedings on Each Part of an Act
Published Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0001
This House of Lords Library briefing examines the background to a proposal that information should be published alongside every Act showing the length of time spent on it at each stage in the parliamentary process to highlight the level of scrutiny it had received.

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