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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.
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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

Parliamentary Sessions: Years Without a Queen's Speech
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0032
This House of Lords Library briefing provides statistics on sessions since 1900 that have lasted for more than 12 months and lists the years in which there has been no Queen’s/King’s Speech. It also sets out how the length of a session is established.
Salisbury Convention in a Hung Parliament
Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0030
This House of Lords Library briefing describes the background to the Salisbury Convention and considers how it applies when a hung parliament produces a minority or coalition government.
Air Pollution in England: Recent Developments
Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0029
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a summary of recent developments on the subject of air pollution in England, including the Government’s plan published on 5 May 2017, on the instruction of the High Court.

Topic: Pollution

State Openings of Parliament: Reduced Ceremonial
Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0028
This House of Lords Library briefing gives a brief overview of the ceremony for the 2017 State Opening of Parliament and how it differs from previous years.

Topic: Parliament

Queen's Speech 2017 Day 5: Education, Health, Welfare, Pensions and Culture
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0027
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming Queen’s Speech, which is due to take place on 21 June 2017. The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen’s Speech over five days between 22 and 29 June 2017. This briefing is one of five prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.
Queen's Speech 2017 Day 4: Exiting the European Union
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0026
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming Queen’s Speech, which is due to take place on 21 June 2017. The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen’s Speech over five days between 22 and 29 June 2017. This briefing is one of five prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.
Queen's Speech 2017 Day 3: Home Affairs, Communities and Local Government, Justice, Constitutional Affairs and Devolved Affairs
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0025
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming Queen’s Speech, which is due to take place on 21 June 2017. The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen’s Speech over five days between 22 and 29 June 2017. This briefing is one of five prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.
Queen's Speech 2017 Day 2: Business, Economic Affairs, Transport, Energy, Environment and Agriculture
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0024
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming Queen’s Speech, which is due to take place on 21 June 2017. The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen’s Speech over five days between 22 and 29 June 2017. This briefing is one of five prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.
Queen's Speech 2017 Day 1: Foreign Affairs, Defence, Trade and International Development
Published Monday, June 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0023
This Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming Queen’s Speech, which is due to take place on 21 June 2017. The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen’s Speech over five days between 22 and 29 June 2017. This briefing is one of five prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.
Leaving the European Union: UK Climate Change Policy
Published Thursday, June 15, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0022
This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of a selection of European legislation which relates to climate change, and outlines how it has been implemented in the UK. The briefing discusses the potential implications of leaving the EU on targets set into UK law and briefly states the UK’s international commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It also provides additional information on greenhouse gas emissions from EU countries and their climate change domestic legislation.
House of Lords: Maiden and Valedictory Speeches, 2015-2017
Published Monday, June 12, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0021
This House of Lords Library briefing covers the maiden and valedictory speeches made during the course of the 2015-2017 parliament. The first and last speeches made by a Member of the House of Lords are significant occasions and, by tradition, are marked with respect by the House.
History of the House of Lords: A Short Introduction
Published Thursday, April 27, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0020
This House of Lords Library briefing provides a short introduction to the history of the House of Lords.
House of Lords: Backgrounds in Public Life
Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0019
This House of Lords Library briefing presents lists of current Members of the House who have held selected offices and positions in public life.

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