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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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Digital Skills in the United Kingdom
Published Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0051
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 7 September 2017 about the importance of digital understanding at all levels of society. It provides an overview of what is meant by ‘digital skills’ and surveys recent literature on access to, and use of, the internet across society. It then considers digital skills in relation to the economy and sets out key proposals contained in the Government’s UK Digital Strategy 2017. It concludes with an exploration of the term ‘digital understanding’ and highlights recent Ofcom findings on adults’ media use and attitudes.
Customs and Traditions of the House of Lords
Published Monday, August 7, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0050
This Lords Library briefing describes the customs, traditions, rules of behaviour and courtesies for both Members of the House and the Chamber, their historical origins and development, and their continuing importance to the manner in which the House conducts its business.
Prison Overcrowding
Published Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0049
This Lords Library briefing has been written ahead of a debate in the House of Lords on 7 September 2017 on overcrowding in prisons.

Topic: Prisons

Air Travel Organisers' Licensing Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0048
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing Bill ahead of that Bill’s second reading in the House of Lords, scheduled to take place on 5 September 2017.
Hereditary By-elections: Results
Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0047
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a list of hereditary peers’ by-election results since the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, including information on turn out and the number of candidates.
Leaving the European Union: The Impact on Professional Sport
Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0046
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the potential impact of leaving the European Union on professional sport.
Sexual Offences Act 1967: 50th Anniversary
Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0045
This briefing marks 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 came into force on the 27 July 1967, which brought in changes that would partially decriminalise sexual relationships between men. Beginning with historical offences that criminalised sexual relationships between men, the briefing goes on to discuss the Wolfenden Report, which recommended homosexual behaviour between consenting adults to no longer be an offence. It then sets out the legislative background to the 1967 Act. It discusses the incremental legislative changes decriminalising homosexual acts between men, from 1967 to 2017, including changes brought in to disregard and pardon historical offences.
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, 30 July 2017
Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0044
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of this year’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, to be held on 30 July 2017. It provides an overview of trafficking globally, and focuses particularly on Trafficking in Persons in relation to the UK.
Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0043
This briefing summarises the recent Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices and provides background and reaction to the report.
Transport and Island Communities in England
Published Friday, July 14, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0042
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate on 20 July 2017 on the transport needs of remote island communities in England.
Deregulation: Government Policy since 1997
Published Monday, July 10, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0041
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 13 July on the following motion: "Baroness Andrews to move that this House takes note of the impact of deregulation on, and the role of regulatory enforcement in delivering, public services, health and safety".

Topic: Regulation

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, July 6, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0040
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill on 11 July 2017.
Space Industry Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0039
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information on the Space Industry Bill [HL].

Topics: Aviation, Industry

Supreme Court of the United Kingdom: Changes to Membership
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0038
In July 2017, it is expected that three new appointments to the Supreme Court will be announced, including the selection of a new President. In 2018 three further Justices are expected to retire, creating additional vacancies. In light of these anticipated appointments, this House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the background, functions and membership of the Supreme Court.
Hong Kong Handover: 20 Year Anniversary
Published Friday, June 30, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0037
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information on the handover of Hong Kong and suggests sources of further reading on the subject.
Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, June 30, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0036
Further to the second reading of the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill on 5 July 2017, this Lords Library Briefing provides background to the Bill and a summary of its main provisions.
Air Quality in London
Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0035
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 3 July on the case for improving air quality in London. It provides an overview of the regulation of air pollution, the impact of air pollution on health and plans by the Government and the Mayor of London to improve air quality.
Measuring the Impact of the UK’s Development Aid Budget
Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0034
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information on the UK’s ODA budget, surveys the development of government policy on the evaluation and measurement of development activity and suggests sources of further reading which provide information on the impact of specific aid initiatives.
Hepatitis C: Statistics and Developments
Published Friday, June 23, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0033
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a summary of recent statistics and developments in tackling the spread of hepatitis C virus in the UK, and globally.
State Opening of Parliament: Postponements
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0031
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on occasions on which the State Opening of Parliament has been postponed.

Topic: Parliament

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