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US Foreign Policy and the UK’s International Relationships
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0005
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 18 January 2018 on the following motion moved by Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon (Liberal Democrat) “that this House takes note of the effect of the foreign policy of the USA on inter-state relationships around the world, particularly in light of the UK’s changing relationships with other European countries”.

Topic: North America

Green Finance and the Resilience of the Financial Sector to Climate Change
Published Friday, January 12, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0004
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 18 January 2018 on the following motion moved by Lord Teverson (Liberal Democrat) “that this House takes note of the case for the UK to remain a global leader for green finance, and for the UK’s financial sector to be resilient to climate change”.
Social Media and Online Platforms as Publishers
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0003
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the role played by social media and online platforms as news and content publishers ahead of a debate on this topic scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on Thursday 11 January 2018.
Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, January 5, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0002
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 9 January 2018.
Housebuilding in the UK
Published Friday, January 5, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0001
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 11 January 2018 on the following motion moved by Lord Best (Crossbench) “that this House takes note of the performance of the United Kingdom’s major housebuilders”.

Topic: Housing

Industrial Strategy and the UK Economy
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0104
This House of Lords Library briefing has been produced in preparation for the debate on 8 January 2018 on the Government's Industrial Strategy and the case for boosting earning power and productivity across the United Kingdom with investment in the skills, businesses and infrastructure of the future.
Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0103
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL] on 9 January 2018.
Rehabilitation in Prisons
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0102
This House of Lords Library briefing discusses the measures that prisons in England and Wales implement with the aim of reducing reoffending, together with the Government’s policies on the use of those measures.
Impact of the Trade in Ivory on Endangered Species
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0101
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 21 December 2017 on the following motion moved by Lord Carrington (Conservative) “that this House takes note of the impact of the trade in ivory on endangered species, and of the efforts being made to eliminate that trade while protecting the cultural heritage of antique ivory”.
Life Peerage Creations: Powers of the Crown
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0100
This House of Lords Library Briefing contains a brief history of life peerages, as well as an exploration of appointing Peers outside of the Life Peerages Act 1958.
Global Effects of Climate Change on Health
Published Thursday, December 14, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0099
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 21 December 2017 on the following motion tabled by Baroness Walmsley (Liberal Democrat): "to move that this House takes note of the global effects of climate change on health".
Statistics on the Size and Composition of the House of Lords: December 2017
Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0098
This briefing provides summary data on the size and composition of the House of Lords. The information is taken from the House of Lords registry database and is correct as at 11 December 2017.
Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, December 11, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0097
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill [HL] 2017–19, a private member’s bill introduced by Baroness Hamwee (Liberal Democrat), ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords on 15 December 2017.
Immigration Control (Gross Human Rights Abuses) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, December 11, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0096
This House of Lords Library briefing has been produced in preparation for the second reading of the Immigration Control (Gross Human Rights Abuses) Bill [HL] (HL Bill 17 of 2017–19) on Friday, 15 December 2017, a private member’s bill introduced by Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws (Labour).
Local Government Elections (Referendum) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, December 11, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0095
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the Local Government Elections (Referendum) Bill [HL] 2017–19, a private member’s bill introduced by Lord Balfe (Conservative),ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords on 15 December 2017.
Vulnerable Children: Work of the Children’s Commissioner
Published Friday, December 8, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0094
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on 14 December 2017 on the following motion tabled by Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde (Labour): “to move that this House takes note of the report by the Children’s Commissioner for England, On Measuring the Number of Vulnerable Children in England, published in July”.
Bach Commission Report: The Right to Justice
Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0093
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the final report of the Bach Commission on Access to Justice ahead of a debate on this topic scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on Thursday 14 December 2017.
Human Rights Priorities in the Light of Brexit
Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0092
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared for a question for short debate due to take place on 12 December 2017 on the Government’s human rights priorities in light of Brexit.
Importance of Education in Building a Flourishing and Skilled Society
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0091
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared for a debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on the following motion moved by the Archbishop of Canterbury that: “this House takes note of the role of education in building a flourishing and skilled society”.
HM Government’s Plans for Regulation
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0090
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of regulation in the UK, including former and current Government policies, recent debate on deregulation and the potential implications on UK regulation of the UK’s exit from the EU.

Topic: Regulation

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