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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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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.
Leaving the European Union: Profile of the EU27
Published Friday, March 31, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0018
This Lords Library briefing provides summary profiles on each of the EU27 member states.
Leaving the European Union: World Trade Organisation
Published Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0017
This Library briefing provides an overview of the World Trade Organisation. It examines the history, structure and membership of the organisation. It provides information on the agreements underpinning the international trading system and the principles that govern trade between members of the WTO. It also considers how the UK would trade with the EU under WTO terms, if the UK left the EU without a trade deal.
House of Lords: Party and Group Strengths and Voting
Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0016
This House of Lords Library briefing presents statistics on the relative size of the three largest political parties and the politically unaligned groups in the House of Lords. It also presents select statistics on voting behaviour in the House.
Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2014–15: House of Lords Extradition Law Committee
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0015
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information about the work of the House of Lords Extradition Law Committee; its two reports ('The European Arrest Warrant Opt-In' and 'Extradition: Law and Practice'); its conclusions and recommendations; the government’s responses; and a summary of the debates held on the two reports in the House of Lords.
Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2014–15: House of Lords Digital Skills Committee
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0014
This Lords Library briefing provides information about the work of the House of Lords Digital Skills Committee; its conclusions and recommendations; the government’s response; and a summary of the debate held in the House of Lords.
Work of the Ad Hoc Committees in 2014–15: House of Lords Affordable Childcare Committee
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0013
This Lords Library briefing provides information about the work of the House of Lords Affordable Childcare Committee; its conclusions and recommendations; the government’s response; and gives an update on developments since the government response to the Committee’s report.
Leaving the European Union: The UK and Ireland
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0012
For the UK, the decision to leave the EU could have a significant impact, particularly on its relationship with Ireland. This includes on peace and security, which encompasses the peace process following the 30-year conflict in Northern Ireland, known as ‘the Troubles’, border controls and the Common Travel Area; and trade, particularly the bilateral trade relationship between UK and Ireland. This briefing examines the implications of the UK’s decision to leave the EU on its relationship with Ireland, particularly, in regards to peace, security and trade. In addition to covering the aforementioned issues in closer detail, this briefing also examines the current situation in both the UK and Ireland, and discusses the potential implications of the UK leaving the EU, drawing upon commentary from UK and Irish heads of governments, political parties, think tanks and organisations.
Criminal Finances Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, March 3, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0011
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the Criminal Finances Bill 2016–17 ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords on 9 March 2017. The Bill would make provisions to tackle money laundering and corruption, recover the proceeds of crime, and counter terrorist finance. It also seeks to make provisions to enable those who violate human rights to have their assets frozen and will create a new offence of a corporate failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion.
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.

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