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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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Leaving the European Union: Euratom
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0010
The Government has stated that leaving the EU also means leaving the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). This Lords Library briefing examines what Euratom does and the possible implications of leaving Euratom for the future of the nuclear industry and nuclear research in the UK.
European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, February 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0009
This Lords Library briefing provides information on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill ahead of its second reading on 20 and 21 February 2017. The Bill would give the Prime Minister power to notify the European Council of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the European Union, under the procedure set out in Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.
House of Lords: Statistical Profile of Membership—January 2017
Published Monday, February 6, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0008
This House of Lords Library briefing presents a range of information about the membership of the House of Lords as the House was composed on Friday 27 January 2017.
Leaving the European Union: Customs Unions - An Introduction
Published Friday, January 27, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0007
This Lords Library briefing provides information on customs unions in light of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
Leaving the European Union: The Single Market, the Rights of EU Citizens in the UK and the UK’s Future Economic Requirements
Published Friday, January 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0006
This Library briefing will examine the impact on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK of the UK’s decision to formally withdraw from the EU. It will also consider the arguments regarding the UK’s future economic requirements of the UK.
Technical and Further Education Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0005
This Library briefing provides information on the Technical and Further Education Bill and the consideration of the Bill in the House of Commons.
Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0004
This Lords Library briefing provides information on the Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill 2016-17 ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords on 25 January 2017.
Leaving the European Union: Impact on the Creative Industries
Published Friday, January 13, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0003
This Lords Library briefing provides information on the potential impact of leaving the European Union on the creative industries.
Populism and Nationalism: Implications for the International Order
Published Thursday, January 12, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0002
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate on 19 January about the challenges to the liberal international order posed by the development of populism and nationalism around the world.
Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, January 5, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0001
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the Neighbourhood Planning Bill ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords, which is scheduled for 17 January 2016.
Savings (Government Contributions) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, December 22, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0072
This Lords Library briefing provides information on the Savings (Government Contributions) Bill (HL Bill 85 of 2016–17).
Future Capability of the UK’s Armed Forces
Published Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0071
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate on 12 January about the future capability of the UK’s Armed Forces in the current international situation.
Leaving the European Union: Machinery of Government Changes
Published Friday, December 16, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0070
This Lords Library briefing explores machinery of government changes announced by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, on 18 July 2016, in the wake of the United Kingdom’s referendum vote in favour of leaving the European Union.
Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, December 15, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0069
The Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill was introduced into the House of Lords on 7 December 2016 and is due to receive its second reading on 21 December 2016. The Bill seeks to amend and extend the provisions of the National Health Service Act 2006 which relate to the control of the cost of both health service medicines and other medical supplies.
Service User Representation in Health and Social Care
Published Thursday, December 8, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0068
This Lords Library briefing provides information on service user representation in health and social care and Healthwatch.
Digital Economy Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, December 8, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0067
The Digital Economy Bill is scheduled to receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 13 December 2016. The Bill aims to enable access to fast digital communication services for citizens and businesses; to enable investment in digital communications infrastructure; to shape the emerging digital world to the benefit of children, consumers and businesses; and to support the digital transformation of government, enabling the delivery of better public services, world leading research and better statistics. This House of Lords Library briefing gives an overview of the provisions of the Bill. It focuses measures concerning the introduction of a broadband universal service obligation; protection for children from online pornography; public sector data sharing; the BBC and public service broadcasters. It outlines the policy background in those areas, and a summary of some of the key amendments made to the Bill during committee and report stages in the House of Commons.
Leaving the European Union: UK Armed Forces and Diplomatic Service
Published Friday, December 2, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0066
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared ahead of the debate on the impact of the withdrawal from the European Union on the United Kingdom’s armed forces and diplomatic service, to be held in the House of Lords on 8 December. The briefing examines current defence capabilities and cooperation between the UK and the EU. It then explores the possible future prospects for UK defence, particularly the role of the armed forces. The latter part of this briefing examines the UK’s diplomatic service, highlighting some of the issues that have arisen about the UK’s diplomatic relationship with the EU and its global role following the UK’s withdrawal. For reasons of brevity, this briefing does not examine the implications of the UK’s withdrawal on wider external relations, such as the UK’s future trade relationships with other countries in and outside the EU, or the impact on overseas development policy. Further reading on these subjects is identified in section 3.
Higher Education and Research Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, December 1, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0065
This House of Lords Library briefing was written ahead of the Higher Education and Research Bill’s second reading in the House of Lords on 6 December 2016.
Corporate Sector: Rights and Responsibilities
Published Thursday, December 1, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0064
This Library briefing provides information on corporate responsibility and proposals for reform to corporate governance rules.
Leaving the European Union: Future UK-EU Relationship
Published Friday, November 25, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0063
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate that is scheduled to take place in the House on 1 December 2016 on the best options for the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union following the referendum vote to leave.

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