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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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Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill (HL Bill 43 of 2012–13)
Published Friday, October 19, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-035
The Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill would authorise the Government to provide financial assistance of up to £50 billion to support infrastructure projects. This Library Note summarises proceedings in the House of Commons on the Bill.
Debate on 18 October: Scott Expedition to Antarctica and Scientific Legacy
Published Monday, October 15, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-034
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate to be held on Thursday, 18 October: “the centenary of the Scott Expedition to Antarctica and of the United Kingdom’s enduring scientific legacy and ongoing presence there”.
House of Lords: Reform of Working Practices, 2000-2012
Published Thursday, October 11, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-033
This Library Note summarises significant proposals to change working practices and procedures in the House of Lords.
Defamation Bill (HL Bill 41 of 2012–13)
Published Thursday, October 4, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-032
This Library Note is published in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Defamation Bill on 9 October 2012.

Topics: Civil law, Courts

Public Attitudes Towards the House of Lords and House of Lords Reform
Published Thursday, July 26, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-028
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.
Debate on 19 July: Silk Commission on Devolution in Wales
Published Thursday, July 12, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-030
This Lords Library Note provides background information for the debate on 19 July on the Silk Commission considering the possible devolution of fiscal powers to the National Assembly for Wales.
Debate on 13 July: Recent Developments in the Middle East
Published Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-029
This Library Note provides a brief summary of recent developments in selected countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as a table of statistical information covering the whole of the region.

Topic: Middle East

Debate on 5 July: The International Competitiveness of UK Industry, Exporting to Global Markets and Attracting Inward Investment
Published Friday, June 29, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-027
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate on 5 July on the international competitiveness of UK industry, exports and attracting inward investment.
Debate on 21 June: Economic Growth Strategy
Published Friday, June 15, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-025
This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on 21 June on the Government’s growth strategy for the UK economy, summarising the measures so far announced by the Government and commentary on these measures and the UK economic situation from a range of commentators and observers.
Justice and Security Bill [HL] (HL Bill 27 of 2012–13)
Published Thursday, June 14, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-024
This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Justice and Security Bill on 19 June 2012.
Public Attitudes Towards the House of Lords and House of Lords Reform
Published Monday, May 28, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-021
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.
Crime and Courts Bill (HL Bill 4 of 2012–13)
Published Thursday, May 24, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-020
The Crime and Courts Bill would establish a new National Crime Agency to combat organised crime, and contains provisions for reforms of the courts system (including judicial appointments and to allow broadcasting of certain court proceedings) as well as provisions on immigration, drug driving and community sentencing. This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the Bill’s second reading in the House of Lords.
European Union (Approval of Treaty Amendment Decision) Bill (HL Bill 3 of 2012–13)
Published Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-019
This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the European Union (Approval of Treaty Amendment Decision) Bill [HL] on 23 May 2012.
House of Lords: Ministers
Published Monday, May 14, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-018
This Library Note looks at the role of Ministers in the House of Lords in the context of current proposals for reform of the House.
Lord Steel of Aikwood's Private Member's Bills on House of Lords Reform
Published Friday, May 11, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-017
This Library Note provides background information on the Private Member’s Bills introduced by Lord Steel of Aikwood containing proposals to reform the membership of the House of Lords.
House of Lords Appointments Commission
Published Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-016
This Library Note provides background information on the House of Lords Appointments Commission, with emphasis on recent proposals to reform the Commission and proposals to place it on a statutory footing.
Joint Committee Report on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill: Reaction
Published Friday, April 27, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-015
This Library Note outlines the reaction from a range of commentators and organisations to the publication of the report of the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill. It takes as its starting point the publication of the report on 23 April 2012 and does not include any commentary which pre-dates this report.
Bibliography on Lords Reform
Published Thursday, April 26, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-014
This Library Note summarises a selection of the literature published on the subject of Lords reform. It begins with broader material covering the subject as a whole, before focusing on more specific themes, including powers, composition, remuneration, and the relationship between the two Houses.
Sunday Trading (London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) Bill [HL] (HL Bill 139 of 2010–12)
Published Thursday, April 19, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-013
This Library Note provides background information on the Sunday Trading (London Olympic and Paralympic Games) Bill due to have its second reading in the House of Lords on 24 April 2012.
Delegated Legislation in the House of Lords since 2000
Published Tuesday, April 10, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-012
This Library Note provides information on the powers, conventions and practice of the House of Lords in dealing with delegated legislation.

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