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Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0067
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) Bill [HL].

Topic: Land law

World AIDS Day, 1 December 2016
Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0066
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on current progress towards the UN General Assembly-mandated effort to ‘end AIDS by 2030’.
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December 2016
Published Tuesday, November 29, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0065
The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, on 2 December 2016, marks the date of the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others. The Convention was approved by resolution of the General Assembly on 2 December 1949. The focus of the day is on “eradicating contemporary forms of slavery”, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the “worst” forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict. This House of Lords briefing provides background information on modern slavery internationally, and outlines legislation which has been introduced in the UK to address this issue
Statistics on the Size and Composition of the House of Lords
Published Monday, November 28, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0064
This House of Lords Library briefing provides updated data on the size and composition of the House of Lords in preparation for the 5 December 2016 debate on the size of the House.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November 2016
Published Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0063
Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November, this briefing sets out background information on UN initiatives to raise awareness of violence against women and UK actions to tackle the issue.
International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) (Amendment) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0061
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the International Development (Official Assistance Target) (Amendment) Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on Friday 18 November 2016. It provides background information on the international development official assistance (ODA) target along with further details on the UK’s performance in meeting the annual ODA target since 2013. The briefing also explores the annual management of the ODA target.
World Diabetes Day: Background on Diabetes
Published Wednesday, November 9, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0060
Ahead of World Diabetes Day on 14 November 2016, this House of Lords Library briefing sets out background information on diabetes including prevalence and health policy.
High Court Judgment on Article 50: Responses
Published Wednesday, November 9, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0059
On 3 November 2016, the High Court of England and Wales handed down a judgment in which it held that the Secretary of State does not have power under the Crown’s prerogative to give notice pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union for the UK to withdraw from the European Union. This briefing examines responses to the judgment at Westminster and in the devolved administrations.
Party Funding: Summary of Developments in 2016
Published Friday, October 28, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0058
This Lords Library briefing provides information on recent developments regarding political party funding, in preparation for a question for short debate on 3 November 2016 regarding possible future reforms to party funding.
Pension Schemes Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0057
On 1 November 2016, the Pension Schemes Bill is scheduled to have its second reading. The Bill seeks to “[protect] savers and [maintain] confidence in pensions savings” by increasing the regulation of master trust schemes and providing members of occupational pension schemes with a “level of protection equivalent to that of members of personal protection schemes”. Part one focuses on the introduction of an authorisation and supervisory regime for master trust schemes, and part two seeks to implement the Government’s intention to introduce a cap on early exit charges and ban member-borne commission charges in certain occupational pension schemes. This Library briefing provides an overview of the policy background to the provisions of the Bill and outlines a number of its clauses.

Topic: Pensions

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0056
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on Friday 21 October 2016.
House of Lords Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0055
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the House of Lords Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on Friday 21 October 2016.
Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, October 17, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0054
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on Friday 21 October 2016.
Potential Effect on Peace and Security of the United Kingdom Leaving the European Union
Published Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0053
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background reading in advance of the question for short debate on Tuesday 18 October 2016 on the potential effect on peace and stability in Europe and around the world of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.
Premature Deaths Among People with a Learning Disability
Published Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0052
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background reading on the progress made in tackling the rate of premature deaths among people with a learning disability in advance of the question for short debate on Monday 17 October 2016.
Peerages Awarded to Former Prime Ministers 1902-2016
Published Thursday, September 15, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0051
This House of Lords Library briefing lists former prime ministers who have held office since 1902, together with information on whether the individuals received a peerage after leaving the House of Commons.
Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, September 5, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0050
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on Friday 9 September.
Budget Responsibility and National Audit (Fiscal Mandate) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, August 31, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0049
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information in advance of the second reading of the Budget Responsibility and National Audit (Fiscal Mandate) Bill in the House of Lords on Friday 9 September 2016.
Teachers at Academies and Free Schools: Qualifications
Published Tuesday, August 23, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0044
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background reading in advance of the question for short debate on 12 September 2016 about what plans the Government has to ensure that all teachers at academies and free schools are fully qualified.

Topic: Schools

Smoking Related Diseases: Government Action
Published Tuesday, August 23, 2016 | Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0045
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background reading on what further action the Government is taking to reduce the incidence of smoking-related diseases, in advance of the question for short debate on 14 September 2016.

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