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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: 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.
Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, November 24, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0062
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Bill.
Leaving the European Union: NHS and Social Care Workforce
Published Friday, November 18, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0061
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate that is scheduled to take place in the House on 24 November 2016 on the implications of Brexit on the NHS and social care workforce.
Armed Forces: Legal Challenges and Derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights
Published Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0059
On 24 November 2016, the House of Lords will debate the case for limiting the number and nature of claims against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and UK armed services personnel arising out of future armed conflict abroad. On 4 October 2016, the Government announced that it would introduce a presumption to derogate from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in future conflicts in order to protect the armed forces from “persistent legal claims”. This briefing will focus on the Government’s recent proposals to derogate from the ECHR. It provides an overview of the legal framework for military operations, summarises some of the key legal claims that have been made against the armed forces, and outlines the work of the Iraq Historic Investigations Team (IHAT).
Strength of the Pound Sterling: Economy and Investment
Published Thursday, November 10, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0058
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate that is scheduled to take place in the House on 17 November 2016 on the impact of the level of sterling on the economy and investment.
Select Committees in the House of Lords: Updated November 2016
Published Thursday, November 3, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0057
This House of Lords Library Note considers committees in the House of Lords which deal with public matters.
Impact of the Shortage of Housing on Young People
Published Thursday, October 27, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0056
This House of Lords Library briefing presents an overview of housing in the UK, including statistics on housing supply and demand. It considers some of the causes of the housing shortage and explores recent reports that have sought to identify the impact of the housing market on young people. It concludes with a brief summary of government policy in this area.
Leaving the European Union: Funding for Universities and Scientific Research
Published Thursday, October 27, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0055
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on current university and research funding in the UK and identifies some of the key issues raised about this funding following the UK’s referendum vote to withdraw from the EU.
Government Plans to Promote Social Mobility
Published Friday, October 21, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0054
Ahead of the debate on 27 October 2016 on the Government’s plans to promote social mobility, this Library briefing provides an overview of recent Government announcements in this area and concludes with a discussion of different views on social mobility.
Leaving the European Union: Global Free Trade
Published Thursday, October 20, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0053
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information further to the debate on the UK’s departure from the EU and the opportunities for the UK to be an outward looking champion of global free trade.
National Citizen Service Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, October 20, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0052
This Lords Library briefing provides information on the National Citizen Service Bill [HL] (HL Bill 64 of 2016–17).
Leaving the European Union: Foreign and Security Policy Cooperation
Published Thursday, October 13, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0051
On 20 October 2016, the House of Lords will debate the implications of the EU referendum for foreign and security policy cooperation with European countries. Theresa May and members of her Cabinet have stated that they intend for the UK to continue to cooperate closely with EU partners on areas such as security, defence, law enforcement and counter-terrorism after leaving the EU, although it is not yet clear exactly what form such cooperation may take.
Leaving the European Union: Environment and Climate Change
Published Thursday, October 13, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0050
On 20 October 2016, the House of Lords will debate the future of environmental and climate change policy in the light of the EU referendum. This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of a selection of European legislation which relates to the environment and climate change, and outlines how it has been implemented in the UK. The briefing also briefly discusses the EU’s international commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This briefing does not provide an analysis of the potential impacts of the UK leaving the EU. However, it does include a selection of recent statements made by the Government on these issues.
Extension of Grammar Schools and Selection in Education
Published Friday, October 7, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0049
This Lords Library briefing provides information further to the Government’s proposals for the extension of grammar schools and selection in education.
Wales Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, October 4, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0048
This Lords Library briefing provides background to the Wales Bill and highlights the key amendments made and discussions held during its passage through the Commons.
Local Libraries and Independent Bookshops in the UK
Published Thursday, September 29, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0047
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on local libraries and independent bookshops in the UK.
Canadian Senate Reform: Recent Developments
Published Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0046
This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of recent developments in the Canadian Senate appointments process and highlights the work of a special Canadian Senate Committee on Senate modernisation, which has taken evidence on the experience of the House of Lords from individuals including Lord Hope of Craighead, Convenor of the Crossbench Peers.
Fragile States: Effects of Conflict
Published Friday, September 9, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0045
This Lords Library briefing provides information on fragile states and the effects of conflict, including information on widows.
Tackling Drug-Resistant Infections Globally
Published Wednesday, September 7, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0044
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared for the debate in the House of Lords on the final report of the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, Tackling Drug-resistant Infections Globally: Final Report and Recommendations, scheduled for 15 September 2016.
UK-Commonwealth Trade
Published Friday, August 5, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0043
This House of Lords Library briefing examines the trade relationship between the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries. It provides a brief overview of UK trade, including information on its largest export market and largest source of imports. It then discusses Commonwealth trade, focussing on intra-Commonwealth trade. Finally it examines UK-Commonwealth trade relations and summarises a range of recent statements and commentary pertaining to the future of those trade relationships in the context of the European Union referendum result.

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